Patrick White was born in England, but soon after his birth his family emigrated to Australia. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973.
White was brought up in Australia, where his father owned a sheep farm. He was educated back in England and settled in London, where he wrote several unpublished novels. He returned to Australia after serving in the RAF during the war. Considered the great poet of Australian landscape, his position as a man of letters was controversial, provoked by his acerbic, unpredictable public statements and his belief that it is eccentric individuals who offer the only hope of salvation.