Christina Stead (1902-1983) was born in Australia but lived for many years in London and New York, which she took as the settings for her major novels. She worked in banks and as a screenwriter while writing the acclaimed novels, The Man Who Loved Children, A House of All Nations
, and Letty Fox: Her Luck
. She returned to Australia in the early 1970s and lived there for the rest of her life.
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