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Issue Details: First known date: 1941 1941
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'The flowers flared up from the ground unconquerable. The unrepentant gaiety of the weed, the burning blues and crimsons, set the hills glowing.

''It's a plant that's struck it lucky,' the Stray said thoughtfully. 'It hasn't got no right, but it's there.'

'The Battlers is the story of Snow, a drifter and wanderer, the waiflike Dancy the Stray, from the slums of Sydney, and the other outcasts who accompany them as they travel the country roads looking for work. Like the weed Patterson's Curse, they 'haven't got no right', but they are there. Based on her own experiences of life on the roads in the 1930s, Tennant tells the story of the motley crowd of travellers with compassion and humour. First published in 1941, The Battlers was awarded the Gold Medal of the Australian Literature Society and shared the S. H. Prior Memorial Prize. More than seventy years later, the book's message of survival against the odds is as relevant today as it was then. ' (Publication summary)

Adaptations

form y The Battlers Peter Yeldham , Adelaide Australia : South Australian Film Corporation Seven Network , 1994 Z946537 1994 series - publisher film/TV The 'battlers' are the itinerants left living a hand-to-mouth existence on the back roads of rural Australia after the Great Depression. The Battlers is also the love story of Snow and Dancy, which becomes a celebration of the human spirit against a backdrop of hardship and survival.

Notes

  • Epigraph: To the "Battlers"/I wonder where they are now?/They will never read this, never know it is written./Somewhere a dirty crew of vagabonds,/Blasphemous, generous, cunning and friendly,/Travels the track; and wherever it takes them,/Part of me follows.

  • Kylie Tennant talks about writing The Battlers on the Australian Screen website http://aso.gov.au/titles/documentaries/kylie-tennant/clip2/ (Sighted 28/04/10). This is an excerpt from 'Kylie Tennant'.
  • Other formats: Also braille and sound recording.

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Notes:
Adapted for the 1996 audio cassette 'The Battlers' published by Bolinda Audio Books. Narrated by Jacklyn Kelleher.
Alternative title: Les trimadeurs
Language: French
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      Extent: 374p.

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The Federation of Letters : A Faild Partnership in Australian Literary and Political History Brian Matthews , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Tapestry of the Creative Word in Anglophone Literatures 2013; (p. 265-272)
Leaving the Party : Dorothy Hewett, Literary Politics and the Long 1960s Fiona Morrison , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 72 no. 1 2012; (p. 36-50)
'What political, cultural and rhetorical changes occurred between the publication of Dorothy Hewett's nostalgic essay on Kylie Tenant in Westerly in late 1960 (Hewett, "How Beautiful Upon the Mountains") and her strikingly negative literary obituary of Katherine Susannah Prichard in Overland in late 1969 (Hewett, "Excess of Love: The Irrecon - cilable in Katherine Susannah Prichard")? The first of these essays offered a forthright series of criticisms about Tenant's interest in stylistic experimentation and the decline of her rather more interesting socialist realism. The second essay delivered an equally forthright assessment of Prichard, Hewett's much-loved fellow West Australian woman writer and Communist, strongly condemning her deforming and persistent allegiance to the Communist Party in Australia and the Soviet Union and the socialist realist aesthetics mandated by them. Separated by only nine years, these two pieces of non-fiction present the contradictory literary and political positions that book-end Hewett's turbulent and productive Cold War 1960s, and indicate the nature and importance of the repudiation of Prichard as a springboard for Hewett's writing in the 1970s. Approached chronologically, Hewett's essays of the 1960s demonstrate the imbrication of politics and literary aesthetics in her work. Initially reproducing the partisan contours of the relationship between politics and literature familiar from the Left cultural debates of the 1930s, Hewett finds increasingly different answers for this debate's foundational questions about the function of art, the role of the socially engaged artist, the importance of realism and what to do or think about modernism.' (Author's abstract)
Australian Literature in a World of Books : A Transnational History of Kylie Tennant's The Battlers Roger Osborne , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Resourceful Reading : The New Empiricism, eResearch and Australian Literary Culture 2009; (p. 105-118)
'Drawing on the large collection of papers held at the National Library of Australia, this chapter explores the first editions of Kylie Tennant's The Battlers in New York, London and Sydney during the 1940s.' (106)
Spotlight Shines on Rebel with Causes Diane Stubbings , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 24 June 2006; (p. 13)
Kylie Tennant, OM (1912-1988) : A Witty and Compassionate Author and Social Commentator Susanna De Vries , 2002 single work biography
— Appears in: Great Australian Women : Volume 2 - From Pioneering Days to the Present 2002; (p. 234-258)
Departures to the Promised Land : Kylie Tennant's The Battlers and John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath Robert L. Ross , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Departures : How Australia Reinvents Itself 2002; (p. 37-43; notes 283)
Nomadology in Kylie Tennant's 'The Battlers' Karen Attard , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Land and Identity : Proceedings of the 1997 Conference Held at The University of New England Armidale New South Wales 27-30 September 1997 1998; (p. 94-98)
Thinking of Kylie Tennant i "She died crying mercy", Erica Jolly , 1994 single work poetry
— Appears in: Friendly Street 18 1994; (p. 60) Pomegranates : Poems 2003; (p. 85)
Untitled Alison Gifford , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 8 no. 1 1994; (p. 33)

— Review of The Battlers Kylie Tennant 1941 single work novel
Famous Strays Judy Smallman , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 160 1994; (p. 68)

— Review of The Battlers Kylie Tennant 1941 single work novel
y Roguery : The Picaresque Tradition in Australian, Canadian and Indian Fiction Ronald Blaber , Marvin Gilman , Springwood : Butterfly Books , 1990 Z349867 1990 single work criticism
Kylie Tennant's Way with Words J. S. Ryan , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Notes & Furphies , April no. 20 1988; (p. 24-26)
Open the Window - Let in the Light : An Appreciation of Kylie Tennant Richard Mackay , 1988 single work biography criticism
— Appears in: The Book Magazine , Winter vol. 2 no. 1 1988; (p. 17-18)
Kylie Tennant (1912-1988) 1988 single work obituary (for Kylie Tennant )
— Appears in: The Age Monthly Review , April vol. 8 no. 1 1988; (p. 22-23)
Changing Places: Working-Class Women in the Fiction of the Depression Sharyn Pearce , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , December vol. 31 no. 4 1986; (p. 41-51)
'A Kind of Semi-Sociological Literary Criticism' : George Orwell, Kylie Tennant and Others Brian Matthews , 1981 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , June vol. 26 no. 2 1981; (p. 65-72)
A Battler Still Away from the Ratrace Marie Knuckey (interviewer), 1979 single work interview biography
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 1 August 1979; (p. 28) The Sydney Morning Herald , 19 July 1979; (p. 13-14)
'The Battlers' : Kylie Tennant and the Australian Tradition Xavier Pons , 1974 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 6 no. 4 1974; (p. 364-380)
Untitled 1966 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 6 January 1966; (p. 6)

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Untitled Dorothy Green , 1965 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 28 August 1965;

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Untitled 1941 single work review
— Appears in: The North Queensland Register , 14 June 1941; (p. 28)

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Untitled Alison Gifford , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 8 no. 1 1994; (p. 33)

— Review of The Battlers Kylie Tennant 1941 single work novel
Untitled 1941 single work review
— Appears in: The New Yorker , 9 August 1941; (p. 58)

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Untitled 1941 single work review
— Appears in: Springfield Republican , 17 August 1941; (p. 7)

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Untitled 1941 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 4 January 1941; (p. 5)

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A Novel to Read Richard Church , 1941 single work review
— Appears in: John O'London's Weekly , 10 January 1941;

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Untitled Lionel Bridge , 1941 single work review
— Appears in: Commonweal , 10 October 1941; (p. 595)

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Untitled Bonamy Dobree , 1941 single work review
— Appears in: The Spectator , 17 January 1941; (p. 72)

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Untitled O. Ferguson , 1941 single work review
— Appears in: New Republic , 25 August 1941; (p. 259)

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Untitled K. Lambrecht , 1941 single work review
— Appears in: Saturday Review of Literature , 9 August 1941; (p. 7)

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Untitled R. Littell , 1941 single work review
— Appears in: The Yale Review , Autumn vol. 30 no. 1941; (p. 14)

— Review of The Battlers Kylie Tennant 1941 single work novel
Untitled George Orwell , 1941 single work review
— Appears in: New Statesman and Nation , 25 January 1941; (p. 90)

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Untitled Jane Southron , 1941 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times , 10 August 1941;

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Untitled Ralph Thomson , 1941 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times , 11 August 1941;

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Deadbeats as Human Beings Vance Palmer , 1941 single work review
— Appears in: ABC Weekly , 2 April 1941;

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M.C.R. An Australian Mark Twain 1941 single work review
— Appears in: Washington Star , 10 August 1941;

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The Battler of Life Frank Swinnerton , 1941 single work review
— Appears in: Observer , 5 January 1941;

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The Dispossessed Howard Stewart , 1941 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14 April 1941;

— Review of The Battlers Kylie Tennant 1941 single work novel
Untitled B. Woollcott , 1941 single work review
— Appears in: Books , 10 August 1941; (p. 6)

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Untitled 1941 single work review
— Appears in: Christian Century , 6 August 1941; (p. 985)

— Review of The Battlers Kylie Tennant 1941 single work novel
Spotlight Shines on Rebel with Causes Diane Stubbings , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 24 June 2006; (p. 13)
Can You Better This Book List? 1945 single work column
— Appears in: Book News , August no. [1] 1945; (p. 3)
Kylie Tennant's Way with Words J. S. Ryan , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Notes & Furphies , April no. 20 1988; (p. 24-26)
Australian Literature in a World of Books : A Transnational History of Kylie Tennant's The Battlers Roger Osborne , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Resourceful Reading : The New Empiricism, eResearch and Australian Literary Culture 2009; (p. 105-118)
'Drawing on the large collection of papers held at the National Library of Australia, this chapter explores the first editions of Kylie Tennant's The Battlers in New York, London and Sydney during the 1940s.' (106)
Leaving the Party : Dorothy Hewett, Literary Politics and the Long 1960s Fiona Morrison , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 72 no. 1 2012; (p. 36-50)
'What political, cultural and rhetorical changes occurred between the publication of Dorothy Hewett's nostalgic essay on Kylie Tenant in Westerly in late 1960 (Hewett, "How Beautiful Upon the Mountains") and her strikingly negative literary obituary of Katherine Susannah Prichard in Overland in late 1969 (Hewett, "Excess of Love: The Irrecon - cilable in Katherine Susannah Prichard")? The first of these essays offered a forthright series of criticisms about Tenant's interest in stylistic experimentation and the decline of her rather more interesting socialist realism. The second essay delivered an equally forthright assessment of Prichard, Hewett's much-loved fellow West Australian woman writer and Communist, strongly condemning her deforming and persistent allegiance to the Communist Party in Australia and the Soviet Union and the socialist realist aesthetics mandated by them. Separated by only nine years, these two pieces of non-fiction present the contradictory literary and political positions that book-end Hewett's turbulent and productive Cold War 1960s, and indicate the nature and importance of the repudiation of Prichard as a springboard for Hewett's writing in the 1970s. Approached chronologically, Hewett's essays of the 1960s demonstrate the imbrication of politics and literary aesthetics in her work. Initially reproducing the partisan contours of the relationship between politics and literature familiar from the Left cultural debates of the 1930s, Hewett finds increasingly different answers for this debate's foundational questions about the function of art, the role of the socially engaged artist, the importance of realism and what to do or think about modernism.' (Author's abstract)
Thinking of Kylie Tennant i "She died crying mercy", Erica Jolly , 1994 single work poetry
— Appears in: Friendly Street 18 1994; (p. 60) Pomegranates : Poems 2003; (p. 85)
Australian Writers 1951 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 24 August 1951; (p. Iii-Iiii)
Changing Places: Working-Class Women in the Fiction of the Depression Sharyn Pearce , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , December vol. 31 no. 4 1986; (p. 41-51)
Open the Window - Let in the Light : An Appreciation of Kylie Tennant Richard Mackay , 1988 single work biography criticism
— Appears in: The Book Magazine , Winter vol. 2 no. 1 1988; (p. 17-18)
Nomadology in Kylie Tennant's 'The Battlers' Karen Attard , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Land and Identity : Proceedings of the 1997 Conference Held at The University of New England Armidale New South Wales 27-30 September 1997 1998; (p. 94-98)
Afterword : In Praise of Kylie Tennant Dale Spender , 1938-1988 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Peaceful Army : A Memorial to the Women Pioneers of Australia, 1788-1938 1988; (p. 149-156)
A Battler Still Away from the Ratrace Marie Knuckey (interviewer), 1979 single work interview biography
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 1 August 1979; (p. 28) The Sydney Morning Herald , 19 July 1979; (p. 13-14)
'The Battlers' : Kylie Tennant and the Australian Tradition Xavier Pons , 1974 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 6 no. 4 1974; (p. 364-380)
The Tragi-Comedies of Kylie Tennant T. Inglis Moore , 1957 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 18 no. 1 1957; (p. 2-8) Twentieth Century Australian Literary Criticism 1967; (p. 324-333)
'A Kind of Semi-Sociological Literary Criticism' : George Orwell, Kylie Tennant and Others Brian Matthews , 1981 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , June vol. 26 no. 2 1981; (p. 65-72)
The Australian Social Novel R. G. Howarth , 1959 single work criticism
— Appears in: Biblionews , vol. 12 no. 1 1959; (p. 41-43)
Novels by Younger Writers. Avoidance of the Present Tense. Kylie Tennant. Margaret Trist. H. Drake-Brockman. Miles Franklin , 1956 single work criticism
— Appears in: Laughter, Not for a Cage : Notes on Australian Writing, with Biographical Emphasis on the Struggles, Functions and Achievements of the Novel in Three-Half Centuries 1956; (p. 201-210)
Kylie Tennant (1912-1988) 1988 single work obituary (for Kylie Tennant )
— Appears in: The Age Monthly Review , April vol. 8 no. 1 1988; (p. 22-23)
y Roguery : The Picaresque Tradition in Australian, Canadian and Indian Fiction Ronald Blaber , Marvin Gilman , Springwood : Butterfly Books , 1990 Z349867 1990 single work criticism
How Beautiful Upon the Mountains Dorothy Hewett , 1960 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , no. 3 1960; (p. 4-7) Selected Prose of Dorothy Hewett 2011; (p. 46-52)
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