Shirley Hazzard

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Continuing with this year’s theme of “Writers of Australia and New Zealand,” on March 9, 2021 Betty S. presented Australian author Shirley Hazzard whose works, both fiction and non-fiction, reflect her fascinating life experiences particularly with respect to character and setting.  Betty’s comprehensive and critical overview, especially of Hazzard’s award-winning novels The Transit of Venus (1980) and The Great Fire (2003), highlighted her biting wit and the quality of her prose.  Celebrated for her vivid descriptions of both the natural world and the inner lives of her characters, Hazzard’s writing explores some of the major themes of the mid-20th century from the horror and displacement of war to the mysteries of love and friendship and the importance of luck and accidents in life.

Helen T.

Presentation Summary coming soon!

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