It is our pleasure to introduce you to the range, power and richness of Christina Stead.
Christina Stead was born and raised in Sydney, but spent most of her life abroad. She worked as a teacher till 1924, then as a clerk. In 1928 she left Australia for London, there meeting her husband, William Blake (Bill), a Marxist and banker from New York. They then moved to Paris, where she worked as a secretary in a French bank for five years, later living in the USA, Europe, and again in England. In 1969, the year after Bill died, Stead visited Australia for the first time since leaving some forty years earlier, and returned to live there permanently in 1974.
Described by Patrick White as a ‘novelist of genius’, and considered
by many as one of Australia's greatest writers, she was often spoken
of in Nobel Prize terms, especially for her novel The Man Who Loved
Children, based on her childhood.
She died in Sydney in 1983.
Her fiction, passionate and often confronting, includes:
Seven Poor Men of Sydney 1934
House of All Nations 1938
The Man Who Loved Children 1940
For Love Alone 1944
Letty Fox: Her Luck 1946
Cotters' England 1966
I'm Dying Laughing 1986
Short Story Collections
The Salzburg Tales 1934
The Puzzleheaded Girl 1967
Ocean of Story 1985
To our knowledge, this is the first time Stead has been portrayed on
and any of her writings performed.