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Patrick White
Patrick White in 1973
Patrick White in 1973
Born Patrick Victor Martindale White
(1912-05-28)28 May 1912
Knightsbridge, London
Died 30 September 1990(1990-09-30) (aged 78)
Occupation Novelist, playwright, poet, short-story writer, essayist
Language English
Nationality Australian
Education Bachelor of Arts
Alma mater Cambridge University
Period 1935–87
Genre High modernism
Notable awards Miles Franklin Literary Award
1957 Voss
1961 Riders in the Chariot

Australian of the Year Award

Nobel Prize in Literature
Partner Manoly Lascaris (1912–2003)

Patrick Victor Martindale White (28 May 1912 – 30 September 1990), was an Australian author. He is an important English-language novelist of the 20th century. From 1935 until his death, he published 12 novels, two short-story collections and eight plays.

White's fiction uses humour, ornate prose, shifting narrative vantage points and a stream of consciousness technique. In 1973, he got the Nobel Prize in Literature. He was the only Australian citizen with the prize until the South African-born J. M. Coetzee became an Australian citizen in 2006. His novel The Vivisector was close to winning the Lost Man Booker Prize in 2010.

White was made Australian of the Year for 1974.

Patrick White and Christina Stead are widely called the most important Australian novelists of the 20th century.


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