Stead, Christina, 1902-83, Australian novelist, b. Rockdale, New South Wales. She worked in the United States in the 1940s, emigrated to England in 1953, then returned to Australia in 1974. Her novels, written in the distinctive language of the interior monologist, treat the problem of evil, particularly the destruction wrought by human obsessions. In addition to The Man Who Loved Children (1940), her masterpiece, her novels include Seven Poor Men of Sydney (1934), the autobiographical For Love Alone (1944), A Little Tea, A Little Chat (1948), The Little Hotel (1975) Miss Herbert (The Suburban Wife) (1976), and the posthumous I'm Dying Laughing (1987). Stead also wrote novellas, short stories, and essays.

See Christina Stead: A Biography (1994) by H. Rowley; studies by J. Lidoff (1982), D. Brydon (1987), and S. Sheridan (1988).

Stead, William Thomas, 1849-1912, English journalist. From 1883 to 1889 he edited the Pall Mall Gazette and in 1890 founded the Review of Reviews, establishing similar publications in the United States (1891) and Australia (1892). He pioneered in modern journalistic methods in England, was an advocate of reform in the British navy, and championed child welfare and social legislation. In later years he was deeply interested in psychical research. He lost his life on the Titanic. Among his numerous works are If Christ Came to Chicago (1893), The Americanization of the World (1902), and Peers or People (1907).
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