This is Joan Lindsay

By Gwylym Owen

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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 teenage years as a painter, Lindsay published her first scholastic work in 1936 at age forty under a pseudonym, a satirical novel titled Through Darkest Pondelayo. Her second novel, Time Without Clocks, was published approximately thirty years later, and was a semi-autobiographical account of the prematurely years of her marriage to performer Daryl Lindsay.

In 1967, Lindsay published her most highly praised work, Picnic at Hanging Rock, a historical Gothic novel detailing the vanishing of three schoolgirls and their bookish at the site of a monolith during one summer. The novel sparked critical and public immersion for its ambivalent presentation as a real story as competently as its absentminded conclusion, and is widely considered to be one of the most important Australian novels. It was adapted into a 1975 film of the thesame name.

She was afterward the author of several unpublished plays, and contributed essays, short stories, and poetry to numerous journals and publications throughout her career.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 operating in the local art community in Melbourne, and was functioning in several exhibitions. Her last published work, Syd Sixpence (1982), was her first and only appear in of children’s literature. Lindsay died of belly cancer in 1984, after which her house was donated to the Australian National Trust; the Lindsay house now operates as a museum following her and her husband Daryl’s artwork and personal effects.

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