Christina Stead

(1902—1983) writer

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Australian novelist, came to London in 1928 and subsequently worked and travelled in Europe and America, returning to Australia in 1968. Her wandering life and her left‐wing views may have contributed to the neglect of her work, which towards the end of her life received renewed attention and admiration. Her first collection of stories, The Salzbury Tales (1934), was followed by several full‐length novels, which include her best‐known work, The Man Who Loved Children (1940), a bitterly ironic view of American family life and conflict; For Love Alone (1945), Letty Fox: Her Luck (1946), and Cotter's England (1967), which presents a vivid portrait of post‐war working‐class Britain, centred on the extraordinary personality of chain‐smoking, emotional, destructive Nellie Cook, née Cotter, a journalist working on a left‐wing London paper.

Subjects: Literature.

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