Hazel Rowley

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Hazel Rowley
BornHazel Joan Rowley
(1951-11-16)16 November 1951
London, England, UK
Died1 March 2011(2011-03-01) (aged 59)
New York City, New York, USA
LanguageEnglish, French
Alma materUniversity of Adelaide
Notable worksTête-à-tête (2005)
Notable awards1994 NBC Banjo Award for Non-Fiction

Hazel Joan Rowley (16 November 1951 – 1 March 2011) was a British-born Australian author and biographer.

Born in London, Rowley emigrated with her parents to Adelaide at the age of eight. She studied at the University of Adelaide, graduating with Honours in French and German. Later she acquired a PhD in French. She taught literary studies at Deakin University in Melbourne, before moving to the United States.[1]

Rowley's first published biography, of Australian novelist Christina Stead, was critically acclaimed and won the National Book Council's "Banjo" Award for non-fiction in 1994.[2] Her next biographical work was about the African American writer Richard Wright. Her best-known book, Tête-à-tête (2005), covers the lives of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre (de Beauvoir had been the subject of Rowley's PhD thesis). Her last published book is Franklin & Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage, about Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt (2011).[3]

Rowley suffered a cerebral hemorrhage in New York in February 2011[3] and died there on 1 March.[4]



  1. ^ Rowley, Hazel, AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource
  2. ^ Bennie, Angela: Hazel Rowley: Intimate obsessions, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 December 2005.
  3. ^ a b Romei, Stephen: Hazel Rowley gravely ill after stroke, The Australian, 28 February 2011.
  4. ^ Leeds, Adrian: Inspired by Paris: the Wordsmiths of Our Time, Parler Paris, 2 March 2011.

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