Vale Hazel Rowley

The Wheeler Centre and readers in Australia and abroad are saddened by the sudden loss of Australian writer Hazel Rowley. Hazel passed away on Wednesday in a hospital in New York following a series of strokes and heart attacks last week. She was just 59.

Hazel was one of the world’s most respected biographers. She published acclaimed accounts of the lives of Christina Stead and Richard Wright, and the relationship between Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. In her most recent book, Hazel turned her compassionate and penetrating gaze to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt in Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage. Read more on Hazel’s life here and sample some of Hazel’s talent here.

Hazel had been invited to appear at the Wheeler Centre on March 16 with Alex Miller.

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