Joan Lindsay, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Joan Lindsay

Australian writer

Date of Birth: 16-Nov-1896

Place of Birth: St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

Date of Death: 23-Dec-1984

Profession: writer, poet, painter, novelist

Nationality: Australia

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

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About Joan Lindsay

  • Joan à Beckett Lindsay (16 November 1896 – 23 December 1984), also known as Lady Lindsay, was an Australian novelist, playwright, essayist, and visual artist.
  • Trained in her youth as a painter, Lindsay published her first literary work in 1936 at age forty under a pseudonym, a satirical novel titled Through Darkest Pondelayo.
  • Her second novel, Time Without Clocks, was published nearly thirty years later, and was a semi-autobiographical account of her early married years to artist Daryl Lindsay. In 1967, Lindsay published her most celebrated work, Picnic at Hanging Rock, a historical Gothic novel detailing the vanishing of three schoolgirls and their teacher at the site of a monolith during one summer.
  • The novel sparked critical and public interest for its ambivalent presentation as a true story as well as its vague conclusion, and is widely considered to be one of the most important Australian novels of all time.
  • It was adapted into a 1975 film of the same name.She was also the author of several unpublished plays, and contributed essays, short stories, and poetry to numerous journals and publications throughout her career.
  • After the death of Lindsay's husband in 1976, she spent her time involved in the local art community in Melbourne, and was involved in several exhibitions.
  • Her last published work, Syd Sixpence (1982), was her first and only work of children's literature.
  • Lindsay died of stomach cancer in 1984, after which her home was donated to the Australian National Trust; the Lindsay estate now operates as a museum with her and her husband Daryl's artwork and personal effects.

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