Patrick White

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Patrick White
Born Patrick Victor Martindale White
28 May 1912(1912-05-28)
Knightsbridge, London
Died 30 September 1990(1990-09-30) (aged 78)
Sydney
Occupation Novelist, playwright, poet, short-story writer, essayist
Language English
Nationality Australian
Ethnicity English Australian
Education Bachelor of Arts
Alma mater Cambridge University
Period 1935–87
Genres High modernism
Notable award(s)

Miles Franklin Literary Award
1957 Voss
1961 Riders in the Chariot
Australian of the Year Award
1973

Nobel Prize in Literature
1973
Partner(s) Manoly Lascaris (1912–2003)

Patrick Victor Martindale White (28 May 1912 – 30 September 1990), was an Australian author. He is an important English-language novelist of the 20th century. From 1935 until his death, he published 12 novels, two short-story collections and eight plays.

White's fiction uses humour, ornate prose, shifting narrative vantage points and a stream of consciousness technique. In 1973, he got the Nobel Prize in Literature. He was the only Australian citizen[1][2] with the prize until the South African-born J. M. Coetzee became an Australian citizen in 2006. His novel The Vivisector was close to winning the Lost Man Booker Prize in 2010.

White was made Australian of the Year for 1974.[3]

Patrick White and Christina Stead are widely called the most important Australian novelists of the 20th century.

Works[change | edit source]

Novels

Short story collections

Plays

  • Bread and Butter Women (1935) Unpublished.
  • The School for Friends (1935) Unpublished.
  • Return to Abyssinia (1948) Unpublished.
  • The Ham Funeral (1947) prem. Union Theatre, Adelaide, 1961.
  • The Season at Sarsaparilla (1962)
  • A Cheery Soul (1963)
  • Night on Bald Mountain (1964)
  • Big Toys (1977)
  • Signal Driver: a Morality Play for the Times (1982)
  • Netherwood (1983)
  • Shepherd on the Rocks (1987)

Screenplay

Autobiography

  • Flaws in the Glass (1981)

References[change | edit source]

  1. "Australian Nobel Prize Winners". Whitehat.com.au. 2 December 2006. http://www.whitehat.com.au/australia/people/NobelPrize.asp. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  2. "JM Coetzee becomes an Australian citizen". Mail & Guardian. 6 March 2006. http://mg.co.za/article/2006-03-06-jm-coetzee-becomes-an-australian-citizen. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  3. Lewis, Wendy (2010). Australians of the Year. Pier 9 Press. ISBN 9781741968095.


This person was awarded a Nobel Prize