Letters of Christina Stead written to Pauline Nestor, 1975-1976 [manuscript]
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- Stead, Christina, 1902-1983
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- 0.03 m. (1 folder)
MS Acc10.086 comprises three letters, three telegrams and two notecards from Christina Stead to Pauline Nestor. Stead discusses aspects of her writing, including the inspiration for some of her characters, as well as sharing personal experiences and other aspects of her work and life (1 folder).
Novelist and short story writer. Christina Ellen Stead was born in Sydney on 17 July 1902, the daughter of naturalist David Stead. Stead was educated at Bexley Public School, St. George High School at Kogarah, Sydney Girls' School and Sydney Teachers' College, where she graduated in 1921. She 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 in 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 Acc10.086.
- Stead, Christina, 1902-1983 -- Correspondence
- Nestor, Pauline -- Correspondence
- Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Correspondence
- Novelists, Australian -- 20th century -- Correspondence
- Women novelists, Australian -- 20th century -- Correspondence
- Australian literature -- 20th century -- Women authors
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