• Author: Les Murray http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/murray-les
Issue Details: First known date: 1980 1980
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Notes

  • A novel in verse form.
  • Broadcast on ABC Radio on 23 April 1984.
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Manchester,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Carcanet , 1989 .
      Extent: 71p.
      ISBN: 0856358452
    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Minerva , 1993 .
      Extent: 71p.
      ISBN: 1863302468 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Australian Poetry Now Bronwyn Lea , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Poetry , May 2016; (p. 185-191)
'Once asked what poets can do for Australia, A.D. Hope replied: “They can justify its existence.” Such has been the charge of Australian poets, from Hope himself to Kenneth Slessor, Judith Wright to Les Murray, Anthony Lawrence to Judith Beveridge: to articulate the Australian experience so that it might live in the imagination of its people. While the presence and potency of the Australian landscape remains an abiding interest, a great deal of Australian poetry has been innovative and experimental, with poets such as Robert Adamson, Michael Dransfield, Vicki Viidikas, John Forbes, Gig Ryan,   J.S. Harry, and Jennifer Maiden leading the way. The richness, strength, and vitality of Australian poetry is marked by a prodigious diversity that makes it as exhilarating to survey as it is challenging to encapsulate.' (Introduction)
The Silver Age of Fiction Peter Pierce , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 70 no. 4 2011; (p. 110-115)
Peter Pierce looks at contemporary Australian fiction to define Australia's 'Silver Age of Australian fiction' .
Alienating Powers : Les Murray's Poetry and Politics Brigid Rooney , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literary Activists : Australian Writer-Intellectuals and Public Life 2009; (p. 97-118)
An Aspect of Valtellinese Diaspora : Lombardy to Western Australia (1895-1960) - 'The Entombed Miner, Easter 1907' Glen Phillips , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Diaspora : The Australasian Experience 2005; (p. 410-423) Southerly , vol. 71 no. 1 2011; (p. 180-196)
This work is a 'ficto-critical look at an unusual example of diaspora where over a period of more than 100 years a small but continuous stream of Valtellinesi working men (from Lombardy valley in north Italy) and their wives and families - the latter following the breadwinner years later in most cases - migrated from what was in those days one of the poorest areas in the Italian Alps to find a new life. They began working at first in the gold-mining industry in Western Australia.' (Source: Author's introduction, Southerly, 2011)
Correspondence : Judith Wright and Les Murray Judith Wright , Les Murray , 2003 selected work correspondence
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 63 no. 1 2003; (p. 162-180)
This correspondence takes the form of ten letters dated May 1980 to May 1983. Judith Wright questions the legitimacy of certain Aboriginal tribal customs which took place in Les Murray's The Boy Who Stole the Funeral. Les Murray replies to this letter and over the next three years the dialogue between the two writers expands into issues of Aboriginal land rights, Native Title, reconciliation, and the different state legislations covering the rights of Aboriginal people.
'Only the Centre Holds' : The Meditative Landscapes of Les Murray Martin Leer , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Les Murray and Australian Poetry 2002; (p. 41-64)
Les Murray in Conversation Steven Matthews (interviewer), 1998 single work interview
— Appears in: PN Review , [124] November-December vol. 25 no. 2 1998; (p. 57-61)
The Containment of Violence : Aspects of the Roles of War in the Work of David Malouf and Les Murray Laurie Hergenhan , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , [Double Issue] vol. 18 no. 2-3 1996; (p. 239-248)
The Vernacular Country Club: Traditional Experiment, Experimental Tradition and Les Murray's `The Boys Who Stole the Funeral' Dean Kiley , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Proceedings : Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Sixteenth Annual Conference, 3-8 July 1994 1995; (p. 64-70)
The Dark and Light of the Daylight Moon : The Poetry of Les Murray Peter Filkins , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: New England Review , vol. 15 no. 3 1993; (p. 197-207)

A detailed critical analysis of two of Les Murray's collections.

With the Distinct Timbre of an Australian Voice : The Poetry of Les Murray Alan Gould , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 6 no. 2 1992; (p. 121-129) The Totem Ship 1996; (p. 162-184)
Out of the Bush League Michael Heyward , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Washington Post Book World , 16 February 1992; (p. 11)

— Review of The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel
Untitled Judith Kitchen , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Georgia Review , vol. 46 no. 1 1992; (p. 163-166)

— Review of The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel
Untitled William Logan , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Poetry , June vol. 160 no. 3 1992; (p. 162-166)

— Review of The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel
Untitled 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Commonweal , 22 May 1992; (p. 9+)

— Review of The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel
Untitled Manly Johnson , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: World Literature Today , Winter vol. 65 no. 1 1991; (p. 185-186)

— Review of The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel
Untitled 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Publisher's Weekly , 16 August 1991; (p. 49)

— Review of The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel
A Poetic Novel for the Vernacular Republic: Les Murray's `The Boys Who Stole the Funeral' Bruce A. Clunies Ross , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Aspects of Australian Fiction : Essays Presented to John Colmer, Professor Emeritus of English, The University of Adelaide 1990; (p. 173-190)
Shelf Life [The Age (Saturday Extra), 6 January 1990] Jane Sullivan , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 6 January 1990; (p. 7)
Davie's Rap Neil Corcoran , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: London Review of Books , 25 January vol. 12 no. 2 1990; (p. 15-16)

— Review of Possible Worlds Peter Porter 1989 selected work poetry ; The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel
Stroking it Open : A Poetry Chronicle Gary Catalano , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 39 no. 3 1980; (p. 351-363)

— Review of The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel ; The Pattern Vincent Buckley 1979 selected work poetry ; Late-Winter Child 1979 sequence poetry ; The Emotions Are Not Skilled Workers : Poems Chris Wallace-Crabbe 1980 selected work poetry ; Cassandra Paddocks : Poems Geoff Page 1980 selected work poetry ; The Forbidden City : Poems R. A. Simpson 1979 selected work poetry ; Poems 1972-79 John Bray 1979 selected work poetry ; Dazed in the Ladies Lounge : poems John Tranter 1979 selected work poetry ; Poems Ian Templeman 1979 selected work poetry ; A Mile from Poetry Kris Hemensley 1979 selected work poetry
Poetry to Help Us Enjoy or Endure Our Lives Maurice Dunlevy , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 1 November 1980; (p. 14)

— Review of The Golden Apples of the Sun : Twentieth Century Australian Poetry 1980 anthology poetry ; Poems 1972-79 John Bray 1979 selected work poetry ; The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel
Davie's Rap Neil Corcoran , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: London Review of Books , 25 January vol. 12 no. 2 1990; (p. 15-16)

— Review of Possible Worlds Peter Porter 1989 selected work poetry ; The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel
Untitled John Forbes , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: New Poetry , vol. 28 no. 1 1980; (p. 60-63)

— Review of The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel
Great Expectations Barbara Giles , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 24 1980; (p. 4-5)

— Review of The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel
Untitled Geoff Page , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 4-10 May 1980; (p. 45)

— Review of The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel
Untitled J. D. Pringle , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15 March 1980; (p. 14)

— Review of The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel
Untitled Chris Wallace-Crabbe , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 19 July 1980; (p. 23)

— Review of The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel
'The Common Dish' and the Uncommon Poet John Barnie , 1982 single work review
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 4 no. 1 1982; (p. 172-178)

— Review of The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel
Les Murray Again : 'The Boys Who Stole the Funeral' : A Many Splendid Thing Carmel Gaffney , 1988 single work review criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , January-February vol. 32 no. 1-2 1988; (p. 66-71)

— Review of The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel
Untitled Con Castan , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 213)

— Review of The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel
Untitled Jamie Grant , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 213-214)

— Review of The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel
Tales of Blood and Fireside Yarns Mick Imlah , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 18-24 May 1990; (p. 521-522)

— Review of The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel ; The Daylight Moon : Poems Les Murray 1987 selected work poetry
Untitled Manly Johnson , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: World Literature Today , Winter vol. 65 no. 1 1991; (p. 185-186)

— Review of The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel
Untitled 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Publisher's Weekly , 16 August 1991; (p. 49)

— Review of The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel
Out of the Bush League Michael Heyward , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Washington Post Book World , 16 February 1992; (p. 11)

— Review of The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel
Untitled Judith Kitchen , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Georgia Review , vol. 46 no. 1 1992; (p. 163-166)

— Review of The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel
Untitled William Logan , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Poetry , June vol. 160 no. 3 1992; (p. 162-166)

— Review of The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel
Untitled 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Commonweal , 22 May 1992; (p. 9+)

— Review of The Boys Who Stole the Funeral : A Novel Sequence Les Murray 1980 single work novel
Correspondence : Judith Wright and Les Murray Judith Wright , Les Murray , 2003 selected work correspondence
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 63 no. 1 2003; (p. 162-180)
This correspondence takes the form of ten letters dated May 1980 to May 1983. Judith Wright questions the legitimacy of certain Aboriginal tribal customs which took place in Les Murray's The Boy Who Stole the Funeral. Les Murray replies to this letter and over the next three years the dialogue between the two writers expands into issues of Aboriginal land rights, Native Title, reconciliation, and the different state legislations covering the rights of Aboriginal people.
Alienating Powers : Les Murray's Poetry and Politics Brigid Rooney , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literary Activists : Australian Writer-Intellectuals and Public Life 2009; (p. 97-118)
An Aspect of Valtellinese Diaspora : Lombardy to Western Australia (1895-1960) - 'The Entombed Miner, Easter 1907' Glen Phillips , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Diaspora : The Australasian Experience 2005; (p. 410-423) Southerly , vol. 71 no. 1 2011; (p. 180-196)
This work is a 'ficto-critical look at an unusual example of diaspora where over a period of more than 100 years a small but continuous stream of Valtellinesi working men (from Lombardy valley in north Italy) and their wives and families - the latter following the breadwinner years later in most cases - migrated from what was in those days one of the poorest areas in the Italian Alps to find a new life. They began working at first in the gold-mining industry in Western Australia.' (Source: Author's introduction, Southerly, 2011)
The Silver Age of Fiction Peter Pierce , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 70 no. 4 2011; (p. 110-115)
Peter Pierce looks at contemporary Australian fiction to define Australia's 'Silver Age of Australian fiction' .
'Interest' in Les A. Murray Kevin Hart , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 14 no. 2 1989; (p. 147-159)
Les Murray's Vernacular Republic Bruce A. Clunies Ross , 1986 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Diversity Itself : Essays in Australian Arts and Culture 1986; (p. 21-37)
Notes on the Writing of a Novel Sequence Les Murray , 1981 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Catholic Record , July 1981; Persistence in Folly 1984; (p. 105-108) The Paperbark Tree : selected prose 1992; (p. 138-141) A Working Forest : Selected Prose 1997; (p. 53-56)
A Poetic Novel for the Vernacular Republic: Les Murray's `The Boys Who Stole the Funeral' Bruce A. Clunies Ross , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Aspects of Australian Fiction : Essays Presented to John Colmer, Professor Emeritus of English, The University of Adelaide 1990; (p. 173-190)
The Vernacular Country Club: Traditional Experiment, Experimental Tradition and Les Murray's `The Boys Who Stole the Funeral' Dean Kiley , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Proceedings : Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Sixteenth Annual Conference, 3-8 July 1994 1995; (p. 64-70)
Family and the Father in the Poetry of Les A. Murray Lawrence Bourke , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 13 no. 3 1988; (p. 282-295)
With the Distinct Timbre of an Australian Voice : The Poetry of Les Murray Alan Gould , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 6 no. 2 1992; (p. 121-129) The Totem Ship 1996; (p. 162-184)
The Containment of Violence : Aspects of the Roles of War in the Work of David Malouf and Les Murray Laurie Hergenhan , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , [Double Issue] vol. 18 no. 2-3 1996; (p. 239-248)
Interview : Les A Murray Jim Davidson , 1982 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 41 no. 1 1982; (p. 112-129) Sideways from the Page : The Meanjin Interviews 1983; (p. 346-372)
Les Murray's Single-Minded Many-Sidedness Michael Sharkey , 1980 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , December no. 82 1980; (p. 19-25)
John Tranter & Les Murray Thomas Shapcott , 1982 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 10 no. 3 1982; (p. 381-388)
The Bardic Pose: A Survey of Les A. Murray's Poetry : [Part] 3 Christopher Pollnitz , 1981 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Southerly , June vol. 41 no. 2 1981; (p. 188-210)
Les Murray's Watershed Christopher Koch , 1980 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , September vol. 24 no. 9 1980; (p. 40-42)
Past Imperfect : The Sense of the Past in Les A. Murray Andrew Taylor , 1986 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Southern Review , March vol. 19 no. 1 1986; (p. 89-103) Reading Australian Poetry 1987; (p. 139-155) The Writer's Sense of the Past : Essays on Southeast Asian and Australasian Literature 1987; (p. 189-197)
Shelf Life [The Age (Saturday Extra), 6 January 1990] Jane Sullivan , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 6 January 1990; (p. 7)
Les Murray in the 1980s : A New Religious Equanimity Jim Tulip , 1984 single work
— Appears in: Southerly , September vol. 44 no. 3 1984; (p. 281-296)
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