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Hazel Rowley
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Christina Stead: A Biography

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Hailed as “everything a literary biography should be,” Christina Stead is a stirring and tragic account of the life of the incomparable writer

Like the author herself, Christina Stead’s novels were challenging and engrossing. Raised by a narcissistic father, Stead left for London at the age of twenty-six and soon met William Blake, a writer, broker, and Marxist political...more
ebook, 646 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Open Road Media (first published September 1st 1994)
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It’s taken me a long time to read Hazel Rowley’s biography of Christina Stead – and I made heavy weather of it towards the end. It was just so depressing reading about the last years of this great writer…

Christina Stead was born into a dysfunctional family in 1902; endured a miserable childhood immortalised forever in The Man Who Loved Children; escaped abroad in 1928 and fell in love with a married man whose divorce took decades to come through; and spent much of her life with him in grim finan...more
While I enjoyed the book greatly -- Stead's life and work are wonderful to read about -- I could not stand the meddling of the author. Having said that I have to admit I'm not a regular biography reader. Perhaps a biography writer simply has to impose her point of view onto the subject, to direct the subject's life in any way she likes. With Hazel Rowley, her world views and philosophy are simply uninteresting. For Rowley everything can be explained by the manifest/latent binary: either Stead wa...more
Another outstanding biography by Hazel Rowley. She brings her subjects to life and sets out the political and social context of this remarkable woman's life and writing. I am now tracking down all the Stead I haven't read. First up - Seven poor men of Sydney.
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Hazel Rowley was a British-born Australian author and biographer.

Born in London, Rowley emigrated with her parents to Adelaide at the age of eight. She studied at the University of Adelaide, graduating with Honours in French and German. Later she acquired a PhD in French. She taught literary studies at Deakin University in Melbourne, before moving to the United States.

Rowley's first published biog...more
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