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Patrick White

Patrick White (May 28, 1912 - 1990) was a novelist and the first Australian winner of the Nobel Prize in literature. White was born in London while his parents were on an extended European tour. At six months of age he returned with his parents to Australia, where his father owned a sheep station.

He returned to England at age 13 to attend school in Cheltenham after which he went on to study languages at King's College, Cambridge and earned a B.A. in 1935. During World War II, White served as a R.A.F Intelligence Officer in the Middle East and Greece. After the war, White returned to Australia and began to write seriously.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1974.

Patrick White died in September 1990.


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