J.M. Coetzee was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1940. He initially worked for a technology company in the sixties and spent a great deal of time trying to prove that logic was a man made invention. Becoming bored with writing computer code, he commenced graduate work in the emerging field of "stylostatistics". His PhD thesis analysed verbal patterns in Beckett's prose. This thesis was submitted in 1969, in January 1970 he began writing Dusklands'.
Before receiving the 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature, Coetzee had been awarded numerous literature prizes, including the Booker Prize, the first author to win it twice.
He relocated to Adelaide in 2002 and became an Australian citizen in 2006.
Robson, Leo, 2016, 'Numbers game', in Times Literary Supplement, September 2, pp.3-4.
On our shelves:
- The Childhood of Jesus
- Diary of a bad year
- The Schooldays of Jesus
- Slow man
- Waiting for the barbarians
- Stranger shores: essays 1986-1999
A review of The Schooldays of Jesus and The Slow philosophy of J.M. Coetzee and his development as a writer.
- Robson, L., 2016, 'Numbers game: problems with a novel that uses its characters to advance a mystical agenda', in Times Literary Supplement, September 2, pp. 3-4.
The Childhood of Jesus
- Oates, Joyce Carol, 2013, 'Saving Grace', in The New York Times, August 29
Diary of a bad year
- Tayler, Christopher, 2007, Just like life, in The Guardian, September 2
- Lowry, Elizabeth, 1999, 'Like a dog' in The London Review of books, vol. 21, no. 21, October 14
- Keane, Colleen, 2015, J.M. Coetzee's Foe: a tale of an outcast, survival and the ways truth can be told, The Age, March 9
- Hope, Christopher, 2005, 'Meeting of lost souls', The Guardian, September 17
Waiting for the barbarians
- Howe, Irving, 1982, 'A stark political fable of South Africa', The New York Times, April 18
- Foden, Giles, 2002, 'Portrait of the artist as a callow youth', The Guardian, May 4
- British Council - Literature - Professor J.M. Coetzee
- J.M. Coetzee - Biography.com
- The J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice - University of Adelaide
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Criticism and interpretation
- From the archives of The New York Times - a series of articles and reviews of J.M. Coetzee
- Heaney, C., 2014, Is JM Coetzee an Australian writer? in The Guardian, November 14