Shirley Hazzard: new critical essays
Shirley Hazzard: new critical essays
Edited by Brigitta Olubas
Sydney University Press
ISBN: 9781743324103

Shirley Hazzard: New Critical Essays is the first collection of scholarly essays on the work of the acclaimed Australian-born, New York-based author. In the course of the last half century, Hazzard’s writing has crossed and re-crossed the terrain of love, war, beauty, politics and ethics.

Hazzard’s oeuvre effortlessly reflects and represents the author's life and times, encapsulating the prominent feelings, anxieties and questions of the second half of the 20th century. It is these qualities, along with Hazzard’s lyrical style that place her among the most noteworthy Australian writers of the 20th century.

Hazzard’s work has been duly praised and admired by many including the critic Bryan Appleyard who describes her as ‘the greatest living writer on goodness and love’. In 2011, novelist Richard Ford observed: ‘If there has to be one best writer working in English today it’s Shirley Hazzard.’

Shirley Hazzard received the US National Book Award in 2003 for The Great Fire, which also won the William Dean Howells Medal in the US and the Miles Franklin Award in Australia. In 1980 she won the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Transit of Venus, and in 1977 the O. Henry Short Story Award, and she has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize. She is a fellow of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the British Royal Society of Literature, and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Praise for Shirley Hazzard

“The uniqueness of this collection is made all the more surprising by the depth and richness each essay finds in Hazzard’s writing. There is … much to be considered in the wide-reaching body of work Hazzard has given us.”

— Catherine Noske, University of Western Australia, Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Vol 16 No 1 2016

Shirley Hazzard: New Critical Essays … is … a vibrant gathering of critics, discussing Hazzard’s writing with infectious engagement. This book is a great professional achievement for the publisher at a time when we need to consolidate our understanding of established writers, who risk slipping from critical view as we attend to the new … The essays in this collection are spacious enough to be genuinely exploratory and many are quite brilliant.”

— Brenda Walker, Australian Book Review

About the editor

Brigitta Olubas, FAHA, is Associate Professor in the School of the Arts and Media, University of New South Wales.

Sydney Studies in Australian Literature

The Sydney Studies in Australian Literature series publishes original, peer-reviewed research in the field of Australian literature. The series comprises monographs devoted to the works of major authors and themed collections of essays about current issues in the field of Australian literary studies. The series offers well-researched and engagingly written re-evaluations of the nature and importance of Australian literature, and aims to reinvigorate its study both in Australia and internationally. The series will be of interest to those researching, studying and teaching in the diverse fields of Australian literary studies.

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