• Christina Stead: A Biography

    Christina Stead: A Biography (Hardback) By (author) Hazel Rowley

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    DescriptionChristina Stead was a hugely unapproachable person who detested self-revelation and, late in life, destroyed many of her private papers. Would-be biographers were held at arm's length, and any so foolhardy as to persevere found doors slammed and projects aborted. Only Hazel Rowley managed to stay the course, persuading Stead's estate as well as her friends, colleagues, and family members to cooperate, thereby gaining access to private papers and privileged memories. The result is an intellectually rigorous yet dramatically riveting book that brings alive this odd and furious woman who was often her own worst enemy but who stands with very few as one of the truly important literary figures of her age.Born in Australia in 1902, Christina Stead sailed for England at the age of twenty-six, not to return home until she was seventy-two. An intensely private person and an incredibly cantankerous one, Stead lived a life that was stormy, eccentric, and brave. She was highly political and maddeningly contentious - few would call her easy in life or in fiction. And yet, in her lifetime, her work was likened to that of Balzac, Joyce, Ibsen, and Tolstoy. But, in fact, it was uniquely her own.


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    Title
    Christina Stead
    Subtitle
    A Biography
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Hazel Rowley
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 646
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 244 mm
    Thickness: 51 mm
    Weight: 1,089 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780805034110
    ISBN 10: 0805034110
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    DC21: 823
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 05
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Abridged Dewey: 823
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: P25107930
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PR9619.3.S75 Z87 1994
    LC subject heading:
    Publisher
    Henry Holt & Company
    Imprint name
    Henry Holt & Company
    Publication date
    01 September 1994