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Letters of Christina Stead to Cyrilly Abels and Joan Daves, 1964-1982 [manuscript]
Bib ID 4836217
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Stead, Christina, 1902-1983
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1964-1982] 
0.18 m. (1 box + 1 packet) 

MS Acc10.038 comprises 359 letters from Christina Stead to her US agents Cyrilly Abels (bulk) and Joan Daves, dating from 1964-1982. Topics deal with political events during the 1960s, her writing, work in progress and experiences in her personal life, revival of her career from The man who loved children, feelings about her native Australia, book contracts, her husband's illness and death, opinions about issues involving homosexuality, euthanasia and politics. Associations with other famous writers and prominent people are drawn to such figures as Lawrence Pollinger, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Malcolm X, Frederick Warburg, Bobby Ortiz, Katherine Anne Porter, Max Ernst, Cass Canfield, Ford Madox Ford, Lamb Chevreuil, James Burns, Eldon Branda, Ron Geering, Bernard Handelsmann, Robert Lowell, Ettore Rella, Marguerite Reese, Dr. H.B. Gottlieb, Ann Bancroft, Stanley Burnshaw, Geoffrey Dutton, Randall Jarrell, Harry Bloom, Maurice Temple Smith and others (1 box).


Novelist and short-story writer. Christina Ellen Stead was born in Sydney on 17 July 1902, the daughter of the naturalist David Stead. She was educated at Bexley Public School, St. George High School, Kogarah, Sydney Girls' School and Sydney Teachers' College, where she graduated in 1921. Stead worked as a teacher until 1924 and in office work until her departure from Australia in 1928. Stead lived most of her life abroad, mainly in London between 1928-1929 and 1953-1968, and Paris, 1929-1933, where she worked as a secretary and translator and in the United States of America, 1935-1947. During the 1930s Stead began writing novels. The Salzburg tales and Seven poor men of Sydney were published in 1934 and her highly praised novel The man who loved children appeared in 1940. Despite critical acclaim she did not win a more general following in Australia until the mid 1960s. After the death of her partner William Blake, Stead returned briefly to Australia in 1969 as writer-in-residence at the Australian National University. In 1974 she returned permanently to Australia, receiving the inaugural Patrick White Award in the same year. Stead died in Sydney on 31 March 1983.


Manuscript reference no.: MS Acc10.038.

Photocopies available for reference (1 packet).

Subjects Stead, Christina, 1902-1983 -- Correspondence.  |  Abels, Cyrilly -- Correspondence.  |  Daves, Joan -- Correspondence.  |  Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Correspondence.  |  Women authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Correspondence.  |  Australian literature -- 20th century -- Women authors.
Time Coverage 1964-1982 
Occupation Authors.


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