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Thomas Keneally

Thomas Keneally

On this day, 7 October 1935, Thomas Keneally, Australian novelist, playwright and author of non-fiction was born.

His works are often reworkings of historical material, but their psychology and style bring them into the here and now.

His most famous work for Schindler’s Ark (1982), winning the Booker Prize which was later republished as Schindler’s List, and the basis of the film Schindler’s List. It is historical fiction, telling the story of a member of the Nazi Party who turns into an unlikely hero by saving over 1,000 Jews from concentration camps.

In 1983, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia. He is an Australian Living Treasure due to his outstanding contributions to Australia.

Other notable works include:

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, 1972

Gossip from the Forest, 1975

Confederates, 1979

Bring Larks and Heroes, 1967

Three Cheers for the Paraclete, 1968

An Angel in Australia, 2000

The Widow and Her Hero, 2007

Source: Oxford Reference Online

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