Joan à Beckett Lindsay (16 November
1896 23 December 1984) was an
Australian novelist, playwright,
essayist, and visual artist. Trained in
her youth as a painter, Lindsay published
her first literary work in 1936 at age
forty under a pseudonym, a satirical
novel titled Through Darkest Pondelayo.
Her second novel, Time Without Clocks,
was published nearly thirty years later,
and was a semi-autobiographical account
of her early married years to artist
Lindsay published her most celebrated
work, Picnic at Hanging Rock, a
historical Gothic novel detailing the
vanishing of three schoolgirls and their
teacher at the site of a monolith during
one summer. The novel sparked critical
and public interest for its ambivalent
presentation as a true story as well as
its vague conclusion, and is widely
considered to be one of the most
important Australian novels of all time.
It was adapted into a 1975 film of the
also the author of several unpublished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 involved in the
local art community in Melbourne, and was
involved in several exhibitions. Her last
published work, Syd Sixpence (1982), was
her first and only work of children's
literature. Lindsay died of stomach
cancer in 1984, after which her home was
donated to the Australian National Trust;
the Lindsay estate now operates as a
museum with she and husband Daryl's
artwork and personal effects.
This is the Typewriter that Joan Lindsey
typed the novel on.
(Thanks to Beky Tully-Gibbens for this
"Picnic at Hanging
Rock" Site. Created by Sandra
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