Thomas Keneally

in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
October 07, 1935



Thomas Michael Keneally, AO (born 7 October 1935) is an Australian novelist, playwright and author of non-fiction. He is best known for writing Schindler's Ark, the Booker Prize-winning novel of 1982, which was inspired by the efforts of Poldek Pfefferberg, a Holocaust survivor. The book would later be adapted to Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List (1993), which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Often published under the name Tom Keneally in Australia.

Life and Career:

Born in Sydney, Keneally was educated at St Patrick's College, Strathfield, where a writing prize was named after him. He entered St Patrick's Seminary, Manly to train as a Catholic priest but left before his ordination. He worked as a Sydney schoolteacher before his succe

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July 2013, Thomas Keneally
"Two Australian sisters witness horrors as World War I nurses in the new historical epic The Daughters of Mars from the acclaimed scribe of Schindler's List." ...More

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“Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.”
Thomas Keneally, Schindler's List

“Power is when we have every justification to kill, and we don't”
Thomas Keneally

“But then what is the alternative to trying to tell the truth about the Holocaust, the Famine, the Armenian genocide, the injustice of dispossession in the Americas and Australia? That everyone should be reduced to silence? To pretend that the Holocaust was the work merely of a well-armed minority who didn’t do as much harm as is claimed-and likewise, to argue that the Irish Famine was either an inevitability or the fault of the Irish-is to say that both were mere unreliable rumors, and not the great motors of history they so obviously proved to be. It suited me to think so at the time, but still I believe it to be true, that if there are going to be areas of history which are off-bounds, then in principle we are reduced to fudging, to cosmetic narrative. ”
Thomas Keneally, Searching for Schindler: A Memoir


August 2015 New School Classic Poll

  23 votes, 17.4%

1931, Light in August by William Faulkner, 507 pages
  21 votes, 15.9%

  19 votes, 14.4%

1982, Schindler'sList by Thomas Keneally, 429 pages
  17 votes, 12.9%

1931, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 418 pages
  11 votes, 8.3%

1996, Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, 432 pages
  10 votes, 7.6%

1905, The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, 351 pages
  10 votes, 7.6%

1950, A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute, 359 pages
  9 votes, 6.8%

1956, Peyton Place by Grace Metalious, 384 pages
  8 votes, 6.1%

1989, Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, 348 pages
  4 votes, 3.0%


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