Thomas Keneally

Easton Press Thomas Keneally books

Schindler's list - signed modern classic - 1999
American Scoundrel - signed first edition ( numbered 1150 copies ) - 2002

Franklin Library Thomas Keneally books

A River Town - signed first edition - 1995


Writer Thomas Keneally

Thomas Keneally, born on October 7, 1935, in Sydney, Australia, is a prolific and highly esteemed Australian novelist, playwright, and essayist. Throughout his distinguished career, Keneally has produced an extensive body of work that explores a wide range of historical and contemporary themes, earning him international acclaim and numerous literary awards.

Keneally's literary journey began in the 1960s with the publication of his first novel, The Place at Whitton (1964). However, it was his groundbreaking novel Bring Larks and Heroes (1967) that brought him to wider recognition. Set during the Napoleonic Wars, the novel showcased Keneally's talent for blending historical detail with compelling storytelling and established him as a master of historical fiction. In 1982, Keneally achieved global fame with the publication of his most celebrated work, Schindler's List (published outside United States as Schindler's Ark). Based on the true story of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who saved the lives of over a thousand Jewish refugees during the Holocaust, the novel won the Booker Prize and was adapted into the critically acclaimed film Schindler's List directed by Steven Spielberg, which won multiple Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Throughout his career, Keneally has demonstrated a remarkable versatility as a writer, exploring a diverse array of subjects and genres. His novels often tackle weighty moral and ethical questions, while his keen insight into human nature and his gift for storytelling have earned him a dedicated readership worldwide. In addition to his novels, Keneally has written several plays, screenplays, and works of nonfiction, including biographies and essays. His commitment to exploring and understanding the complexities of history, society, and the human experience has earned him widespread admiration and respect as one of Australia's most important literary voices.

Keneally's contributions to literature have been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including the Miles Franklin Award, the Order of Australia, and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. He has also been appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia, one of the country's highest civilian honors, in recognition of his outstanding service to literature and the arts. As a writer, Thomas Keneally continues to inspire and provoke readers with his thought-provoking narratives, rich characters, and profound insights into the human condition. His enduring legacy as a storyteller and chronicler of history ensures that his works will continue to captivate and resonate with audiences for generations to come.

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