Shirley Hazzard


Born
in Australia
January 30, 1931

Died
December 12, 2016

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Author of fiction and non-fiction. Born in Australia, Shirley Hazzard eventually became a dual citizen of Great Britain and the United States.

As a child she travelled the world due to her parents’ diplomatic postings and at 16, worked for the British Intelligence in Hong Kong, monitoring civil war in China. After this she lived in New Zealand, Europe, the United States and Italy. In the USA she worked for the United Nations Secretariat in New York.

After leaving this post, she became a full-time writer and passionate opponent of the United Nations, the subject of her book Defeat of an Ideal: A Study of the Self-Destruction of the United Nations (1973). She has also written non-fiction books Countenance of Truth: the United Nations and the Wa
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More books by Shirley Hazzard…
“Poetry has been the longest pleasure of my life.”
Shirley Hazzard

“When you realize someone is trying to hurt you, it hurts less."
"Unless you love them.”
Shirley Hazzard, The Transit of Venus

“At first, there is something you expect of life. Later, there is what life expects of you. By the time you realize these are the same, it can be too late for expectations. What we are being, not what we are to be. They are the same thing.”
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