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Peter Corris

1982 (printed 2011)
Lorrie Graham

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 50.3 cm x 40.4 cm, image: 40.1 cm x 27.0 cm)

Peter Corris (1942-2018), author, was educated at Melbourne High School and the University of Melbourne. After taking a Master's degree at Monash University and a PhD at the Australian National University (both in History), he was an academic, teaching and researching history in various higher education institutions. In 1975 he gave up academia for journalism; he was literary editor of the National Times from 1980 to 1981. His first novel was published in 1980 and two years later he became a full-time writer of crime fiction. Corris's books are 'credited with reviving the fully-fledged Australian crime novel'; they are set in identified local locations, and Cliff Hardy, the protagonist of dozens of the works, is uncompromisingly Australian. His work of 'conjectural history', The Journal of Fletcher Christian (2005) returned him to the territory of his academic specialisation, the Pacific.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011
© Lorrie Graham

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Lorrie Graham

Peter Corris (age 40 in 1982)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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