Thomas Keneally


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Keneally, Thomas

(kənē`lē), 1935–, Australian novelist, b. Sydney. For a time a student of religion, and later of law, Keneally has ranged over a wide spectrum of subjects in his many novels, including the American Civil War, Nazi Germany, POW camps, and rugby. Keneally insists that he must try to re-create the experience of his characters, thus the authentic flavor of works such as Schindler's Ark (1982, published in the United States as Schindler's List). This novelistic treatment of a German businessman's efforts to save more than a thousand Jews during the HolocaustHolocaust
, name given to the period of persecution and extermination of European Jews by Nazi Germany. Romani (Gypsies), homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, the disabled, and others were also victims of the Holocaust.
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 was the source of Steven SpielbergSpielberg, Steven,
1946–, American film director, b. Cincinnati, Ohio. Spielberg began his career as a television director, admired for his understanding portrayal of human character.
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's film. In 2008 Keneally published Searching for Schindler, a memoir of the writing and filming of the story.

His other novels include The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1972, film 1978), A Family Madness (1985), To Asmara (1989), Woman of the Inner Sea (1993), A River Town (1995), Office of Innocence (2003), The Tyrant's Novel (2004), The Daughters of Mars (2013), and Shame and the Captives (2015). He has also written several nonfiction works; they include The Great Shame (1999), which explores the fates of the 19th-century Irish forced to immigrate to Australia; American Scoundrel (2002), a biography of Daniel SicklesSickles, Daniel Edgar,
1819–1914, American politician, Union general in the Civil War, b. New York City. A lawyer, he became active in Democratic politics, serving in the New York legislature. He was a member of Congress from 1857 to 1861.
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; A Commonwealth of Thieves (2006), the story of Australia's beginnings as a colony for transported prisoners; and Three Famines (2011), a study of the causes of 19th- and 20th-century famines.

Bibliography

See studies by P. Quartermaine (1991) and P. Pierce (1995).

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The historical drama based on "Schindler's Ark" by author Thomas Keneally, won seven out of twelve nominations including best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay, and best art direction.
BIRTHDAYS: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 86; Thomas Keneally, author, 82; Christopher Booker, author, 80; Kevin Godley, rock musician (10cc), 72; John Mellencamp, singer, 66; Jayne Torvill, ice skater, 60; Simon Cowell, music guru/television producer, 58; Thom Yorke, musician, 49; Sami Hyypia, former footballer, 44.
BIRTHDAYS: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, pictured, 85; Thomas Keneally, author, 81; Christopher Booker, author, 79; Kevin Godley, rock musician (10cc), 71; John Mellencamp, singer, 65; Jayne Torvill, ice skater, 59; Simon Cowell, music guru/ television producer, 57; Thom Yorke, musician, 48; Sami Hyypia, former footballer, 43.
Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally is the book that inspired Steven Spielberg's film Schindler's List.
Thomas Keneally, the author of The Widow and Her Hero, Schindler's Ark and The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, is to be recognised by the Australia Council for a lifetime achievement in literature and outstanding contributions to the arts landscape in 2015, news company the Guardian revealed on Monday.
It's adapted by Timberlake Wertenbaker, based on the novel, "The Playmaker" by Thomas Keneally, the author of "Schindler's List.
The film is the directorial debut of Bandele, who caught up with Australian author Thomas Keneally for a post-show conversation, in which he said:
Tonight my incredibly beautiful and talented niece, Isobel McArthur, has a lead role at Glasgow's Tron Theatre in Our Country's Good written by Timberlake Wertenbaker, based on the novel The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally.
The section on emigration covers a fairly predictable list of places and subjects: Liverpool, Glasgow, Grosse lie and New York City, but even then contains two gems: Joe Lee on the Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park and Thomas Keneally on Australia.
Otro gran exito, tanto en letra como en cinta, es el de "La lista de Schindler", basada en la novela "El arca de Schindler" de Thomas Keneally.
BIRTHDAYS: Archbishop Desmond Tutu (pictured), 82; Thomas Keneally, author, 78; Christopher Booker, author, 76; Kevin Godley, rock musician (10cc), 68; John Mellencamp, singer, 62; Jayne Torvill, ice skater, 56; Simon Cowell, music guru/TV producer, 54; Thom Yorke, musician, 45.
Born today Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 82; Thomas Keneally, author, 78; Christopher Booker, author, 76; Kevin Godley, rock musician (10cc), 68; John Mellencamp, singer, 62; Jayne Torvill, ice skater, 56; Simon Cowell, music guru/television producer, 54; Thom Yorke, musician, 45; Sami Hyypia, former footballer, 40.