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y Eucalyptus : A Novel single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 1998... 1998
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Holland lived with his only daughter, Ellen, by a khaki river four hours west of Sydney. In spite of their remote location, tales of Ellen's beauty had traveled long distances and in the process inscribed a small legend. But Ellen's desirability was Holland's blindspot and finally he decided that the man who correctly named every eucalypt on his property would win the hand of his daughter. (Source: Trove)

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  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 1998 .
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      Extent: 255p.
      ISBN: 1875847634 (hbk.)
    • London,
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      Harvill Press , 1998 .
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      Extent: 264p.
      ISBN: 1860464947
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Farrar Straus and Giroux , 1998 .
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      Extent: 255p.
      ISBN: 0374148570 (alk. paper)
    • Toronto, Ontario,
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      Knopf , 1998 .
      Extent: 255p.
      Edition info: 1st Canadian ed.
      ISBN: 0676972373 (pbk), 0676971776
    • London,
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      Harvill Press , 1999 .
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      Extent: 264p.
      ISBN: 1860464955
    • San Diego, California,
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      Harcourt Brace , 1999 .
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      Extent: 261p.
      ISBN: 0156007819
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      Ambo/Anthos , 1998 .
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      Extent: 269p.
      ISBN: 9041402861
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      Flamingo , 2001 .
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      Extent: 233p.
      ISBN: 9041405526

Works about this Work

Trees That “Grow on You” : Naturalist Taxonomy and Ecopoetics of Interrelatedness in Murray Bail’s Eucalyptus Jessica Maufort , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology , no. 5 2015; (p. 11-31)
'Investigating transcultural encounters between Europe and Australia in Murray Bail's Eucalyptus through an ecocritical lens, this essay re-evaluates the act of naming trees with regard to the status of the character symbolically called Holland. Critics have underlined how, in colonial contexts, the naturalist taxonomy of the environment partakes of the settlers' conquest of new colonies: Jamaica Kincaid's assertion 'to name is to possess' crystallises this cultural process of ecological imperialism. While I acknowledge this phenomenon, a re-appraisal of the naming practice in Eucalyptus allows us to transcend the legacy of polarised colonial and anthropocentric perspectives. Holland's status may be interpreted positively in view of Neil Evernden's concept of 'man-in-environment': if so, the act of naming represents the individual's constructive attempt at establishing a sense of place within a new territory. Bail's protagonists exemplify different stages in this process of interrelatedness between the human and non-human realms, one which resists a conventional subject-object relationship. Whereas the ambivalent Holland embodies a factual and existential naturalism, the imaginative approach to the treescape of his daughter Ellen and her storytelling suitor fully emancipates them from the commodifying effect of Holland's naming competition. Bail's aesthetics reflects the dissolving boundary between the self and environment: deployed in the suitor's fable-like stories and Bail's rich prose, the ecopoetic devices of anthropomorphism and zoomorphism defy the rational laws of Western realism. This ecopoetics of interrelatedness restores the agency of the eucalypts while negating the concept of a traditionally dominant human presence in the environment. In Eucalyptus, taxonomy reveals the reciprocal dynamics of a genuine interpenetration: Holland's 'bush garden' becomes a global space that combines European (symbolised by Holland and the stories) and Australian (the eucalypts) identities. Thus, Bail projects a creative site of transcultural dialogue at the level of the terrain through the complementary processes of physical and subjective interrelatedness.' (Publication abstract)
Viaxes Literarias E Culturais Entre Galicia E Australia María Jesús Lorenzo Modia , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Rosendo Salvado Eo Aborixe of Australia 2015; (p. 209-228)
Morality at Bay : The Lesson of the Americas in Murray Bail's Homesickness Michael Ackland , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 28 no. 2 2014; (p. 275-288, 535.)
'For four decades Murray Bail's writing has been at the forefront of inventive and intellectual challenging Australian fiction, yet his preoccupations remain elusive, his works enigmatic. His first book, Contemporary Portraits and Other Stories, signalled the arrival of a major talent, an expectation matched by subsequent award-winning novels, such as Homesickness and Eucalyptus. His work, however, has been often accused of inventiveness for its own sake. Here, Ackland discusses Bail's Homesickness.' (Publication summary)
'On All Fours Passing, Tintinnabulation' : Murray Bail's Creative Case against the Imperial Word Michael Ackland , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Tapestry of the Creative Word in Anglophone Literatures 2013; (p. 231-240)
Literary Guide to Australia Nicholas Shakespeare , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Telegraph , 10 July 2013;
'We asked some of the world's most eminent writers to offer literary tours of the places they know best.'
Untitled Margaret Clunies Ross , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 63 no. 1 2003; (p. 220-222)

— Review of Eucalyptus : A Novel Murray Bail 1998 single work novel
Margaret Cluines Ross reviews the icelandic translation of Murray Bail's novel Eucalyptus.
Our Stories, Ourselves Penelope Nelson , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , July-August vol. 42 no. 7-8 1998; (p. 115-116)

— Review of The Chosen David Ireland 1997 single work novel ; Eucalyptus : A Novel Murray Bail 1998 single work novel
Coming Soon 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 26 April 1998; (p. 23)

— Review of Eucalyptus : A Novel Murray Bail 1998 single work novel
Tree of Family Life Blooms in Love Story Katharine England , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 14 February 1998; (p. 19)

— Review of Eucalyptus : A Novel Murray Bail 1998 single work novel
Seduced by a Story A. P. Riemer , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2 May 1998; (p. 11)

— Review of Eucalyptus : A Novel Murray Bail 1998 single work novel
The Cosmopolitan Pastoral : The Paddock, the Novel, and the Nation Robert Beardwood , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies in the 21st Century 2001; (p. [10]-20)

Using Murray Bail's Eucalyptus and Nicholas Jose's The Custodians Robert Beardwood shows how Australian writing reflects concerns of claims to place and tensions between longing and belonging, Australian place and Australian identity at the end of the 20th century.

Happily Ever After: William Shakespeare's The Tempest and Murray Bail's Eucalyptus Rebecca McNeer , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 16 no. 2 2002; (p. 171-176)

McNeer compares elements of similarity in Murray Bail's Eucalyptus and William Shakespeare's The Tempest. McNeer particularly examines fables, fairy tales and mythic stories that may have been available to Shakespeare and, derivatively, influenced Bail. The characters of Miranda in The Tempest and Ellen in Eucalyptus are compared as are their respective fathers, Prospero and Holland.

McNeer concludes with a quotation from G. Wilson Knight's The Crown of Life: Essays in Interpretation of Shakespeare's Final Plays (1965): 'It is, perhaps, inevitable that Shakespeare, so saturated with the spirit of his land, should, in such a summation of that work in The Tempest, have outlined, among much else, a myth of the national soul' (p.255). This parting comment, says McNeer, 'may provide the most profound connection of all between William Shakespeare and Murray Bail'.

Eucalyptus Michele Albaret-Maatsch , 2003 single work essay
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 63 no. 1 2003; (p. 62-64)
Surveying a Novel Trend Russell Wenholz , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 11 July 2004; (p. 19)
Detourism : Murray Bail's Photographic Fiction John Attridge , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , vol. 39 no. 3 2004; (p. 69-91)
The article draws parallels between Roland Barthes' theory of photography and Murray Bail's photographic techniques in Homesickness and Eucalyptus.

Awards

2010 shortlisted Australian Book Review Fan Poll
1999 winner ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
1999 winner Miles Franklin Literary Award
1999 winner International Awards Commonwealth Writers Prize Overall Best Book Award
1999 winner International Awards Commonwealth Writers Prize South-East Asia and South Pacific Region Best Book from the Region Award
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