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Definition: Shute, Nevil from The Columbia Encyclopedia

(Nevil Shute Norway), 1899–1960, English novelist, b. Ealing, Middlesex, grad. Oxford, 1922. After serving in World War I, he was manager of a construction company until 1938. He fought also in World War II and emigrated to Australia in 1950. Shute wrote 26 novels and was one the best-selling novelists of his era. His fast-paced novels usually illustrate moral themes. They include Ordeal (1939), The Pied Piper (1944), On the Beach (1957), and Trustee from the Toolroom (1960).


Summary Article: Shute, Nevil from Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

(born Jan. 17, 1899, Ealing, Middlesex, Eng.—died Jan. 12, 1960, Melbourne, Vic., Australia) English-born Australian novelist. Trained as an aeronautical engineer, Shute drew on technical detail in his fiction. His early works include So Disdained (1928) and What Happened to the Corbetts (1939), a foretaste of the bombing of civilians in World War II. After the war he settled in Australia, where he set his later novels. Reflecting a growing despair about the future of humanity, they include A Town Like Alice (1950; film, 1956) and his best-known work, On The Beach (1957; film, 1959), a vivid picture of the nuclear annihilation of the human race.

Birth Place: Ealing, borough, London, United Kingdom

Death Place: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Name: Shute, Nevil or Nevil Shute

Gender: male

Nationality: English, Australian

Activity: Australian novelist

Keywords: Nevil Shute, England, novel, Melbourne, “On the Beach”, Ealing, “Marazan”, Australia, English literature, English, “So Disdained”, “What Happened to the Corbetts”, Australian literature, Shute, Nevil, “Town Like Alice, A”, Australian

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