Susan Lever graduated with a BA in English Literature from the Australian National University in 1971, and completed a Diploma of Librarianship at the Canberra College of Advanced Education in 1972. In 1975 she moved to Sydney, completing an MA (1978) and a PhD (1981) in Australian literature at the University of Sydney. Lever has taught literature at the Canberra College of Advanced Education, the Australian National University and, from 1986, at the University of New South Wales at ADFA.
Lever has been a regular reviewer for the Canberra Times, the Bulletin and occasionally for ABC Radio and other newspapers. From 1994-1996 she was President of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature and was a member of the Literature Board of the Australia Council from 1991-1994.
In addition to her reviewing work, Lever has published numerous articles on Australian writing, critical books and several edited books, including the Oxford Book of Australian Women's Verse. She is also the general editor of the Cambria Australian Literature series. Professor Lever has been awarded with life membership of ASAL (Association for the Study of Australian Literature) for her “outstanding contribution to ASAL and to the scholarship of Australian literature more broadly.”
David Foster : The Satirist of Australia2008selected work criticism 'In this first critical study of David Foster's works, Susan Lever steers us into penetrating the mysteries of Foster's fiction, and provides guidance to readers willing to approach them. The book examines the contradictory nature of his commitments and interests as expressed mainly in his novels. Each of his works of fiction and poetry in the order of publication (except for The Adventures of Christian Rosy Cross and The Pale Blue Crochet Coathanger Cover which are discussed with similar novels) are discussed. The development of Foster's philosophical ideas and technique as a novelist over the 35 years of his writing life to date is followed. The book also examines Foster's letters to Geoffrey Dutton early in his career; his interviews and essays provide some of the background to these novels. The book also furnishes a sense of the Australian context for his work. A brief biography of Foster's early life and a discussion of his approach to satire is also included.' (Publisher's blurb)