Carmen Callil

(b. 1938)

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(1938– ),

publisher, of Irish‐Lebanese‐Australian descent, born in Australia and educated at the University of Melbourne. She came to England in 1960 and in 1972 founded the influential Virago Press, of which she was chairman during 1972–95: this made an important contribution to feminist criticism and literature, enlarging the canon by the addition of many out‐of‐print works, and re‐establishing writers such as Antonia White, W. Cather, and Christina Stead. Callil's highly praised biography of Louis Darquier, Bad Faith: A Forgotten History of Family and Fatherland, was published in 2006.

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