Shirley Hazzard takes her time between novels. At 72, she had only written six and had taken two decades to complete the follow-up to her acclaimed and bestselling The Transit of Venus. She counts on a legion of patient fans -- as well as a meticulous way with language. Plus, she’s funny. “Hazzard's fiction has always been marked by such precise lyricism and emotional microscopy that it's been easy to overlook her gifts for aphorism and laugh-out-loud skewering,” The Atlantic Monthly noted in 2003.
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New York, New York
Date of Birth:
January 30, 1931
Place of Birth:
Educated at Queenwood College, Sydney, Australia
National Book Critics Circle Award, American Book Award nomination, and PEN/Faulkner Award nomination for The Transit of Venus, 1980
|2003 National Book Award Winner!|
|The Great Fire|
Two decades after the publication of her award-winning novel The Transit of Venus, Hazzard presents another acclaimed love story, this time set in the smoky aftermath of WWII. Said The Washington Post's Howard Norman: "Shirley Hazzard has gifted us, in The Great Fire, a novel of indispensable happiness and sorrow. I loved this novel beyond dreams."
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|Hazzard is known to write in longhand on a yellow legal pad; in addition, she doesn't own a television set, a computer, or an answering machine. “I don't like the idea of a light flashing at me, telling me there are eight people waiting for my call,” she explained to MSNBC with a chuckle in a 2003 interview.|
|Photo by Nancy Crampton||