Shirley Hazzard

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  • Karen Brooks (University of the Sunshine Coast )

Shirley Hazzard describes herself as a slow writer who finds the process of literary creation both rewarding and painstaking. She is a writer with an extraordinary appreciation for the terrible beauty and power of words and the ways in which they can express and critique the human condition. Throughout her career, she has produced six novels, a number of short stories including one compendium, essays, articles and four non-fiction works, which include two scathing attacks on the United Nations as well as initiating pages of critical reviews, interviews and discussions, all of which acknowledge the profundity and elegance of her prose while often being uneasy about the prevailing themes. Her works can loosely be described as romances …

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Brooks, Karen. "Shirley Hazzard". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 November 2005
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