Patrick White was born in England in 1912; and taken to Australia (where his father owned a sheep farm) when he was six months old, but educated in England, at Cheltenham College and King’s College, Cambridge. He settled in London, where he wrote several unpublished novels, then served in the RAF during the war. After the war he returned to Australia.
White became the most considerable figure in modern Australian literature and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973. His position as man of letters was controversial, provoked by his acerbic, unpredictable public statements and his belief that it is eccentric individuals who offer the only hope of salvation.
Patrick White died in September 1990.
His novels include: Happy Valley, The Living and the Dead, The Aunt’s Story, The Tree of Man, Voss, Riders in the Chariot, The Burnt Ones, The Solid Mandala, The Vivisector, The Eye of the Storm, The Cockatoos, A Fringe of Leaves, The Twyborn Affair and Three Uneasy Pieces. He was the editor of Memoirs of Many in One, and published a volume of autobiography, Flaws in the Glass.