Papers of Christina Stead, 1919-1996 [manuscript]
- Bib ID:
- Stead, Christina, 1902-1983
- Related Online Resources:
- Finding aid at National Library of Australia
- Access Conditions:
- Available for research. Not for loan.
- 2.70 m. (18 boxes)
MS 4967 comprises manuscript and typescript drafts of prose; notes, background material and jottings relating to Stead's literary output; correspondence; book reviews and other papers. The collection also includes literary drafts of other writers including Ettore Rella, Mary Sarton, George Baxt, John Bright, Oliver Stallybrass, E. Louise Mally, Jorge Ibarguengoitia, Elaine Kraf, Norman Rosten and Stanley Burnshaw, in addition to two folders of correspondence with Philip Harvey, 1961-1984 (18 boxes).
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 4967.
- Associated materials: Papers of Christina Stead, 1937-1988 MS 8645, MS Acc08.157, MS Acc09.151.
- Cited In:
- Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia ; E381.
- Index/Finding Aid Note:
- Finding aid available online.
- Time Coverage:
- Other authors/contributors:
- Harvey, Philip
- Exhibited: Treasures Gallery, National Library of Australia, 17A April, 2017
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- Material type:
- Literary Dramatic Musical
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