Eucalyptus (Bail)

Author Bio
Birth—september 22, 1941
Where—Adelaide, South Australia
Awards—Miles Franklin Award and Commonwealth Writer's
   Prize, both 1999; ASL Gold Medal, 1998; Victorial Premier's
   Award for Fiction and The Age Book of the Year, both 1980.
Currently—lives in Sydney, Australia


Murray Bail is an Australian writer of novels, short stories and non-fiction.

He has lived most of his life in Australia except for sojourns in India (1968-1970) and England and Europe (1970-1974). He currently lives in Sydney.

He was also trustee of the National Gallery of Australia from 1976 to 1981, and wrote a book on Australian artist, Ian Fairweather.

A portrait of Bail by the artist Fred Williams is hung in the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. The portrait was done while both Williams and Bail were Williams and Bail were Council members of the National Gallery of Australia.

He is most well known for his novel Eucalyptus which won the Miles Franklin Award in 1999. His other work includes the novels Homesickness, which was a joint winner of The Age Book of the Year in 1980, and Holden's Performance, another award-winner. Reviewers recently compared Bail's Notebooks 1970-2003 with Proust, Gide and Valery's

Clancy suggests that Bail is, with Peter Carey and Frank Moorhouse, one of the chief innovators in Australian short story writing, and that he was part of its revival in the 1970s. He notes that Bail is particularly interested in the relationship between language and reality and that this is evident in his early short stories. He says "the stories display the strange mixture of surrealist fantasy and broad satire of Australian mores that characterizes all of Bail's work." (From Wikiipedia.)

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