Australian novelist and playwrightDied when: 78 years 125 days (940 months)
Star Sign: Gemini
Patrick Victor Martindale White (28 May 1912 – 30 September 1990) was an Australian writer who published 12 novels, three short-story collections, and eight plays, from 1935 to 1987.
White's fiction employs humour, florid prose, shifting narrative vantage points and stream of consciousness techniques.In 1973 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, "for an epic and psychological narrative art which has introduced a new continent into literature", as it says in the Swedish Academy's citation, the only Australian to have been awarded the prize.
White was also the inaugural recipient of the Miles Franklin Award.