Shirley Hazzard: A Writing Life

Farrar Nov. 2022. 576p. ISBN 9780374113377. $35. LIT
Preeminent Shirley Hazzard researcher Olubas (English, Univ. of New South Wales; Shirley Hazzard: Literary Expatriate and Cosmopolitan Humanist) opens the door to Hazzard’s mind and private life in her latest work. Hazzard’s surviving notebooks, correspondence, and photos enliven this journey through her written life, including her years at the New Yorker and her life abroad in Hong Kong, London, New York City, and more. A perfect companion piece to Hazzard’s written works, this collection will help readers to better understand the writer and the exciting life she led. Readers will end up with a deeper understanding of how place and events impacted her, such as living through the Great Depression and living in postwar Naples and New York. Olubas also uses interviews with Hazzard’s close family and friends to flesh out the narrative and provide a fuller picture of her experiences.
VERDICT Fans of Hazzard will greatly appreciate this well-researched biography of her life through the places she lived.
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