christina stead

Christina Stead – A Life of Letters

by Christine Williams

The first full-length biography of the major Australian novelist, by Christine Williams.

Christina Stead (17 July 1902 – 31 March 1983) was an Australian novelist and short-story writer acclaimed for her satirical wit and penetrating psychological characterisations.

Stead wrote 15 novels and several volumes of short stories in her lifetime. She taught “Workshop in the Novel” at New York University in 1943 and 1944, and also worked as a Hollywood screenwriter in the 1940s. Stead’s best-known novel, ironically titled The Man Who Loved Children, is largely based on her own childhood, and was first published in 1940