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Nam Le
, 2010

by Rozalind Drummond

type C photograph (sheet: 66.1 cm x 54.6 cm, image: 61.1 cm x 49.6 cm)

Nam Le (b. 1978), writer, came to Australia as a baby with his Vietnamese refugee parents. He attended Melbourne Grammar School and graduated in Arts/Law from the University of Melbourne, notably writing his honours thesis, on WH Auden, in rhyming couplets. He worked briefly as a lawyer before moving to the USA to complete a creative writing degree at the renowned Iowa Writers' Workshop. His only book to date, the collection of short stories The Boat (2008), attracted extraordinarily favourable reviews around the world. For it he won the Dylan Thomas Prize, the world's most lucrative literary award for a writer from any country under the age of thirty. The book also won the NSW and Queensland Premiers' Awards and the Prime Minister's Prize, amongst many other honours, in 2008-2009. It was included on many local and international reviewers' 'best books' lists for 2008 and 2009 and has been credited with reviving publishers' faith in the short story. Fiction editor of the Harvard Review, Le is currently attached to the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2010
Accession number: 2010.6