Peter Carey

in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia
May 07, 1943



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Peter Carey was born in Australia in 1943.

He was educated at the local state school until the age of eleven and then became a boarder at Geelong Grammar School. He was a student there between 1954 and 1960 — after Rupert Murdoch had graduated and before Prince Charles arrived.

In 1961 he studied science for a single unsuccessful year at Monash University. He was then employed by an advertising agency where he began to receive his literary education, meeting Faulkner, Joyce, Kerouac and other writers he had previously been unaware of. He was nineteen.

For the next thirteen years he wrote fiction at night and weekends,

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Peter Carey on True History of the Kelly Gang: ‘At 56, I wrote what my younger self could not have managed’

Thirty years after discovering an inspirational letter by bushranger Ned Kelly, Carey found the voice for his Booker prize-winning novel

In 1961 I failed my first-year science exams at Monash University in Melbourne. In the aftermath I got a job in advertising and read Joyce’s Ulysses. I was surrounded by copywriters who would soon be novelists. One of them, Barry Oakley, took me to see Sidney Nola

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True History of the Kelly Gang

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Quotes by Peter Carey  (?)
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“To know you will be lonely is not the same as being lonely.”
Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda

“You could not tell a story like this. A story like this you could only feel.”
Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda

“People do not love those whose eyes show that they are somewhere else”
Peter Carey, Collected Stories



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