Flinders University Peter Carey Website by Rebecca Vaughan.

NOTE :This site was created as part of my postgraduate study of Peter Carey's fiction (from Bliss to The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith), and is no longer updated on a regular basis. For more information about Carey's work, including more detail about his later publications, please visit
Peter Carey's own site at http://petercareybooks.com/

Biography

A brief history of Carey's working life


Peter Carey was born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, in 1943. He attended Geelong Grammar School, and enrolled in Sciences at Monash University. Between 1962 and 1967, Carey worked in various advertising agencies in Melbourne as a copywriter. In the late 1960s he travelled through Europe and some of the Middle East and then worked in advertising in London for a time. He returned to Australia in 1970, working in various advertising agencies in Melbourne and Sydney and writing most of the stories which appear in The Fat Man in History and the stories "War Crimes" and "The Chance", which appear in the War Crimes collection. In the late 1970s, Carey moved to an "alternative community" at Yandina in Queensland, writing for three weeks a month, and returning to Sydney to work at Grey advertising for the fourth week. During this time he wrote the majority of the stories which appear in the War Crimes collection, and also his first published novel, Bliss (published in 1981). In 1980, Carey returned to Sydney when he opened his own advertising agency, in partnership with Bani McSpedden, and in 1981 he moved to Bellingen in northern New South Wales, where he wrote Illywhacker (1985). The Bellingen Valley and its surroundings also provided some of the inspiration for Carey's well known 1988 work Oscar and Lucinda, which won the prestigious Booker McConnell prize for that year. Around 1990 Carey moved to New York City, where he completed much of The Tax Inspector (1991) and wrote The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith (1994) and Jack Maggs (1997). He currently lives in New York City with his family, and teaches creative writing part time at New York University.


© Copyright Rebecca Vaughan, 1997.

Last updated on Tuesday 11th November 1997.

NOTE :This site was created as part of my postgraduate study of Peter Carey's fiction (from Bliss to The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith), and is no longer updated on a regular basis. For more information about Carey's work, including more detail about his later publications, please visit
Peter Carey's own site at http://petercareybooks.com/

 

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