Palmer, Vancein full Edward Vance Palmer (b. Aug. 28, 1885, Bundaberg, Queen., Australia--d. July 15, 1959, Melbourne, Vic.)
Australian author of novels, short stories, and plays. He is considered one of the founders of Australian drama.
Palmer spent several years working at a variety of jobs in the Australian outback. He also wrote, traveled, and served with Australian forces during World War I. From 1922 to 1926 he helped organize the Pioneer Players, a theatrical company in Melbourne specializing in Australian drama.
Of his novels, The Passage (1930), which describes the life of a family, is considered the best. Golconda (1948) is the first volume of a political trilogy that includes Seedtime (1957) and The Big Fellow (1959). Palmer also wrote several plays on political themes. His short stories have been collected in four volumes: Separate Lives (1931), Sea and Spinifex (1934), Let the Birds Fly (1955), and The Rainbow Bird (1956). He composed two volumes of balladlike poetry and several volumes of essays and literary criticism.