Hazel Rowley was born in London and educated in England and Australia. She taught Literature for some years at Deakin University before moving to New York City. She died there on 1 March 2011, aged fifty-nine. Dr Rowley published four biographies: Christina Stead: A Biography (1993), Richard Wright: The life and times (2001), Tête-à-Tête: The lives and loves of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre (2005), and Franklin and Eleanor: An extraordinary marriage (2010). In 2007 she delivered the Australian Book Review/La Trobe University Annual Lecture. ‘The Ups, the Downs: My Life As a Biographer’ appeared in the July–August 2007 issue of ABR.. Lucy Sussex wrote a tribute to Hazel Rowley in our April 2011 issue (‘Biographer of Big Subjects’).