- 1953-2004. (Creation)
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23 boxes, 4 parcels.
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Thea Astley, novelist and short story writer, was born in Brisbane on 25 August 1925 and educated at All Hallows Convent and the University of Queensland, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1947. She was a school teacher in Queensland from 1944 to 1948 and in New South Wales from 1948 to 1967. In 1968 she joined the English Department at Macquarie University, Sydney. She retired as Fellow in English, Macquarie University in 1979. She has won numerous awards, including the Miles Franklin Award four times: in 1962 (The Well Dressed Explorer), 1965 (Slow Natives), 1972 (The Acolyte) and 2000 (Drylands). She received the Order of Australia in 1992, and an Hon D. Litt was conferred on her by University of Queensland in 1988. She was made a Creative Fellow of the Australia Council in 1993.
Collection previously titled as: Papers, 1953-2004
Collection alternatively titled as: Thea Astley Collection.
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Manuscripts, notebooks, correspondence, research notes, literary awards, publishing contracts, diaries, drafts of speeches, some Astley family history material. Includes two portable Hermes typewriters: green, in case 7 x 29 x 31 cm; and cream, in case 8 x 31 x 32 cm.
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Material from this collection has been cited in:
Grundy A (2022) Editing Fiction, Cambridge University Press, doi:10.1017/9781009039383.
Sheridan, Susan (2011). Nine lives: postwar women writers making their mark. St Lucia, Qld: UQP.
Taylor C (2019) ‘'To my brother': Gay love and sex in Thea Astley's novels and stories’, Queensland review (St. Lucia), 26(2):269–284, doi:10.1017/qre.2019.32.
Taylor C (2021) ‘The Genesis of Thea Astley's The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow’, Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature : JASAL, 21(1):1–24.
'Guide to the Papers of Thea Astley, The University of Queensland Library, Fryer Library'. (2001). Guide to Australian literary manuscripts. University of Western Australia Library & Australian Literary Manuscript Collections Project.
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- Astley, Thea (Subject)
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Revised, Linda Justo, 24-Aug-2021. Revised, AM, 01-Jun-2020. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.