Olga Masters

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  • Dorothy Jones (University of Wollongong)

Olga Masters (1919-1986) is widely acclaimed for a distinguished body of fiction published in the 1980s. Her novels and short stories are largely set in rural New South Wales between the wars, although some of her work has contemporary and urban settings, and her work is characterized by its vivid recreation of time and place. Although, on first impression, the writing may appear plain and simply textured, Masters counters this by revealing a shifting, uncertain world where her characters' lives are in a continual state of flux.

She was born at Pambula on the far south coast of New South Wales in 1919, moving with her family among various small communities in a region poverty-stricken by the Depression – experiences which l…

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Jones, Dorothy. "Olga Masters". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 May 2005
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