Geoffrey Dean was born in Hobart, Tasmania, in 1923 and died there in 2011. Throughout his life he worked a variety of jobs including sewing machine salesman on Vancouver Island, Canada, and dairy farmer in Tasmania’s north-west. For over fifty years his short stories were published in Australia, the UK, the USA, Norway and China. He won many awards and his story ‘The Town that Died’ was dramatised for television by the ABC. He was an acknowledged master of the short story, and was compared to William Faulkner, Patrick White and Somerset Maugham. Eight collections of his work have been published in book form.
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