Chronology
in Peter Carey

Chronology

1943

Peter Philip Carey born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria.

1948–53

Attended Bacchus Marsh State School.

1954–60

Attended Geelong Grammar School as boarder.

1961

Began science degree at Monash University, Melbourne; serious car accident.

1962–3

Worked for Walker Robertson Maquire advertising agency, Melbourne; met Barry Oakley and Maurice Lurie.

1964

Wrote first novel Contacts (unpublished); married Leigh Weetman.

1965

Finalist for Stanford writing scholarship.

1966

First publication: extract from novel, Contacts, in Under Twenty-five: an anthology; wrote second novel, The Futility Machine – accepted by Sun Books but not published.

1967

Story ‘She Wakes’ published in Australian Letters.

1967–70

Travelled in Europe; lived in London working in advertising copywriting; wrote third novel, Wog (unpublished).

1970

Returned to Australia; began writing stories which became The Fat Man in History; worked part-time as advertising copywriter in Melbourne; shortlisted for Stanford writing scholarship.

1970–3

Worked in advertising; wrote fourth novel Adventures Aboard the Marie Celeste – accepted by Outback Press but withdrawn by Carey in favour of The Fat Man in History.

1973

Separated from Leigh Weetman.

1974

Moved to Balmain district of Sydney; worked for Grey advertising; relationship with Margot Hutcheson; The Fat Man in History published by University of Queensland Press.

1976

Wrote ‘War Crimes’ and ‘The Chance’.

1977

Joined alternative community at Yandina in Queensland, working part-time for Grey’s and writing War Crimes stories and Bliss.

1979

War Crimes published by University of Queensland Press; worked with Ray Lawrence on screenplay based on ‘Happy Story’.

1980

Left Grey’s; formed joint advertising agency with Bani McSpedden; completed Bliss; returned to Sydney; selected stories published in London and New York as The Fat Man in History; awarded New South Wales Premier’s Award for War Crimes.

1981

Moved to Gleniffer near Bellingen, NSW; Bliss published by University of Queensland Press and Faber; worked with Ray Lawrence on screenplay based on ‘Life and Death in the South Side Pavilion’.

1982

Won New South Wales Premier’s Award, Miles Franklin Award and National Book Council Award for Bliss.

1984

Met Alison Summers.

1985

Married Alison Summers; Illywhacker published by University of Queensland Press, Faber, and Harper and Row; won Age Book of the Year Award, NBC Award for Australian Literature, FAW Barbara Ramsden Award, and shortlisted for Booker Prize for Illywhacker; film of Bliss released, screenplay by Carey and Ray Lawrence – won best picture, director and screenplay awards from Australian Film Institute, and entered for Cannes Festival.

1986

Collaborative project with performance artist Mike Mullins, Illusion, an eco-political rock musical; began Oscar and Lucinda; son Sam born.

1988

Oscar and Lucinda published by University of Queensland Press, Faber and Harper and Row; won Booker Prize; elected FRSL.

1989

Awarded Miles Franklin Award, NBC Banjo Award and Foundation for Australian Literary Studies Award for Oscar and Lucinda; moved to Greenwich Village, New York; began teaching creative writing classes at New York University.

1990

Son Charley Summers born.

1991

The Tax Inspector published by University of Queensland Press, Faber and Alfred A. Knopf.

1992

Wim Wenders film Until the End of the World released, film script by Carey.

1994

The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith published by University of Queensland Press, Faber and Harper & Row. Collected Stories published by University of Queensland Press.

1995

Collected Stories published by Faber; The Big Bazoohley published by University of Queensland Press, Faber and Henry Holt.

1997

Jack Maggs published by University of Queensland Press, Faber and Knopf; wins Age Book of the Year.

1998

Awarded Commonwealth Writers Prize and Miles Franklin Award for Jack Maggs.

2000

True History of the Kelly Gang published by University of Queensland Press.

2001

True History of the Kelly Gang published by Faber and Knopf; wins Booker Prize, Commonwealth Writers Prize, Townsville Foundation for Australian Literary Studies Award and Victorian Premier’s Literary Award; 30 Days in Sydney published by Bloomsbury; publishes letter about World Trade Center attack.

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