MS 8645 comprises correspondence, 1946-1982, including letters from various writers, and copies of Christina Stead's letters and business correspondence. The main correspondents are Elizabeth Harrower, Cyrilly Abels, David Stead, Nancy Keesing, Dal Stiven, Ron Geering and Dorothy Green, Nancy and Stephen Murray-Smith, Laurence Pollinger, Tim Curnow, W.G. Hoddinott, M.H. Austin and Joan Daves. The collection also includes papers of Gilbert Stead, brother of Christina Stead, 1977-1983, comprising correspondence, cuttings and photocopies. The correspondents are Christina Stead, John Beston and Stanley Burnshaw. There are appointment diaries, 1962-1977, and other Christina Stead material such as photocopies and cuttings relating to For love alone, cuttings and an article relating to Stead's 80th birthday and printed material (4 boxes).
The Acc08.157 instalment comprises papers of Gilbert Stead including 19 personal letters written to him by Christina Stead (1 folder).
The Acc09.151 instalment comprises 17 letters from Christina Stead (C.E. Blake) to Betty and Gilbert Stead (1 packet).
Novelist and short-story writer. Christina Ellen Stead was born and educated in Australia, but spent most of her life abroad. During the 1930s she began to have novels published, with her acknowledged masterpiece, The man who loved children, being released in 1940. Despite critical acclaim she did not win a more general following until the mid-1960s. In 1974, Stead returned to Australia, making it her home for the first time since 1928.
Manuscript reference no.: MS 8645, MS Acc08.157, MS Acc09.151.
Associated materials: Papers of Christina Stead, 1919-1996 MS 4967.
Associated materials: Papers of Christina Stead, 1916-1990 MS 9581.