Christina Stead

Christina Stead (17 July 1902-31 March 1983) was an Australian novelist and short-story writer acclaimed for her satirical wit and psychological penetration. Stead was a committed Marxist, but never a member of the Communist Party. Although her birth and death were both in Sydney, New South Wales, Stead lived many years abroad in England and the United States. She first departed Australia in 1928, and worked in a Parisian bank from 1930 to 1935. Stead also became involved with the writer, broker and Marxist political economist William J. Blake, with whom she travelled to Spain (leaving at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War) and to the USA. They married in 1952 after Blake was able to obtain a divorce from his previous wife. It was after his death from stomach cancer in 1968 that she returned to Australia. Indeed, Stead only returned to Australia after she was denied the Britannica-Australia prize on the grounds that she had "ceased to be an Australian

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