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Magnificent Obsessions

Honouring the Lives of Hazel Rowley

Editor(s): Rosemary Lloyd and Jean Fornasiero
Contributors: Veronica Maughan, Mary Ann Caws, Judith Rodriguez, Judith Rodrgiuez, Ann McCulloch, Jean Fornasiero, Judith Rodriguez,

Book Description

This volume is a tribute to the life and work of Hazel Rowley, internationally acclaimed biographer who died unexpectedly in March 2011. Her passions were many and varied: biography, politics, questions of race and sexuality, the ways in which couples negotiate the dilemmas posed by the need to retain their individuality while building a life as a couple, the deleterious effects of imposing a corporate mentality on universities – all these, and more, were subjects of intense interest to her. This collection combines essays responding to many of those interests with creative writing to honour the complexity and variety of her own magnificent contribution.

Hazel Rowley, whose life and work are honoured in this collection, was the author of many articles and essays and four outstanding biographies, Christina Stead: A Biography, Richard Wright: The Life and Times, Tête-à-Tête: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre, and Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4785-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4785-2
Date of Publication: 01/07/2013
Pages / Size: 250 / A5
Price: £44.99


Rosemary Lloyd, FAHA, was educated at the Universities of Adelaide and Cambridge. She taught at the University of Cambridge and at Indiana University (Bloomington) before her retirement and now lives in Adelaide. Her main academic interests are in nineteenth- and twentieth-century poetry and prose, especially their relationships with painting, and in translation.

Jean Fornasiero, FAHA, is Professor of French Studies at the University of Adelaide. Her principal area of research is the history of ideas in nineteenth-century France, with a particular focus on the utopian socialism of the Romantic period. She has also published on twentieth-century French fiction, particularly on intellectual history, life-writing and crime fiction, and more recently on French-Australian relations.