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Issue Details: First known date: 1987 1987
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Notes

  • Adapted for the stage play Our Country's Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker.
  • Dedication: To Arabanoo and his brethren, still dispossessed.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording, large print.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sevenoaks, Kent,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Sceptre , 1988 .
      Extent: 364p.
      ISBN: 0340422645
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
      :
      Harper and Row , 1988 .
      Extent: 349p.
Alternative title: Attori per un giorno
Language: Italian

Works about this Work

A National (Diasporic?) Living Treasure : Thomas Keneally Paul Sharrad , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , November no. 14 2015; (p. 20-27)
Although Thomas Keneally is firmly located as a national figure, his international literary career and his novels’ inspection of colonial exile, Aboriginal alienation, and movements of people throughout history reflect aspects of diasporic experience, while pushing the term itself into wider meaning of the transnational.
Transported and Transmuted Xiaojin Zhou , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: From Fixity to Fluidity : The Theme of Identity in Thomas Keneally's Fiction 2009; (p. 59-69)
'To the transported convicts, the first dominant feature of Australia is that it is too far away from the center of civilization. To undergo hardships on the sea with a messianic confidence (as the Pilgrims Fathers of America did) can at least be imagined as self-fulfillment; to be chained and locked in cabins on an eight-month long voyage without any decent purpose at all is totally another thing, disorienting to say the least. “Each on his or her eighteen inches of bed space”, looking out through the portholes of the ship (Keneally 1987a: 18), the convicts know but one thing: it’s a long distance from their home. They’re sent to the “world’s worse end”, as the opening sentence of Keneally’s Bring Larks and Heroes states (1967: 7). ' (59)
Reversed Nature, Dislocation, and Self-Commissioning Xiaojin Zhou , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: From Fixity to Fluidity : The Theme of Identity in Thomas Keneally's Fiction 2009; (p. 69-77)
'Different from the American Pilgrim Fathers, the early Europeans come to Australia without a dignified purpose. What’s worse, the Australian landscape defies their efforts to find a mission in local context. Everything here is different, alien and unaccountable, thwarting all attempts to subject it to European cognizance and interpretation. Even the most ardent scientist cannot find a proper mode of linguistic expression for the alien landscape, which leads to the disjunction between discourse and place. However, initial efforts are made by early settlers to find themselves a culturally and psychologically sustaining purpose. Self-commissioning takes such various forms as exploration, scientific studies and settlement, all of which are related, in a subtle but tenacious manner, to the British Empire and to their own past. Yet it is easy to put Australian on the map of the world, but it is difficult to subject the new world to the general scheme of the Empire. It simply refuses to be part of it. The wrestling with a troubled identity drives them to missionary activities in the land, which unfortunately further exacerbates the crisis rather than overcoming it, for in doing so, they forsake the sense of belonging “there”, only to find they can hardly belong “here”. ' (69-70)
The Criminal Past in Present : Keneally's Portrayal of Colonial Society Xiaojin Zhou , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: From Fixity to Fluidity : The Theme of Identity in Thomas Keneally's Fiction 2009; (p. 95-105)

'For those who wrote about her before she was known to exist, Australia was in image a Utopia, a sort of Paradise However, the realities shattered this image. The First Fleet carried not pious and self-righteous Christians as Mayflower did, but perjurers, thieves, robbers, secret society members, and burglars – all “hangable material”(Keneally 1987b: 70). In other words, every corner of their present is marked with the crime of their past. '

95-96)

Keneally’s Aboriginal Characters Xiaojin Zhou , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: From Fixity to Fluidity : The Theme of Identity in Thomas Keneally's Fiction 2009; (p. 134-142)
'In the huge corpus of Keneally’s works, there is a group of impressive Aboriginal characters; some are minor ones and others are protagonists. In particular, three novels are noted for their outstanding and substantial portrayal of Aborigines, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith in 1972, The Playmaker in 1987, and Flying Hero Class in 1991. Interestingly, the three stories take place respectively in three important stages of Australian history, one in colonial times in 1789, one in 1901, and one shortly before the dawn of the new millennium. With his sustaining interest in this subject, Keneally tries to present a panoramic view of Aboriginal images with a historical vision. ' (134)
Identity and Stigmatization Transferred Xiaojin Zhou , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: From Fixity to Fluidity : The Theme of Identity in Thomas Keneally's Fiction 2009; (p. 142-150)
'Keneally never forgets to weave his discussion of the Aboriginal issue into the Anglo search for identity in history, a problem which goes back as early as the beginning of white settlement of Australia. Convicts and the Admiralty soldiers, the earliest settlers on the land, come to Australian “stigmatized”. ' (142)
y Geschichte erzahlen: Untersuchungen zur Behandlung von Geschichte und nationaler Identitat in australischer Gegenwartsliteratur Henrike Wenzel , Munster : Lit Verlag , 2003 Z1172475 2003 single work criticism
Reviewing Australia's First Performance : The Recruiting Officer in Sydney 1789 Nathan Garvey , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 40 2002; (p. 26-57)
From Keneally to Wertenbaker : Sanitizing the System Ruth Brown , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Representing Convicts : New Perspectives on Convict Forced Labour Migration 1997; (p. 78-87)
y Australian Melodramas : Thomas Keneally's Fiction Peter Pierce , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1995 Z565009 1995 single work criticism The first comprehensive critical study of Keneally's work. It concentrates on his novels, but also covers plays and non-fiction, and analyses the academic reception of Keneally's work.
Kempsey Next for Keneally Paul Whittaker , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Mercury , 8 April 1994; (p. 11)
Just the Mother-in-Law at the Wedding Helen Musa , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 29 January 1994; (p. 13)
History and Sublimity in Keneally's "The Playmaker" Donna Heiland , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian & New Zealand Studies in Canada , June no. 11 1994; (p. 12-22)
Playing Convicts Ron Banks , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The West Australian Magazine , 25 May 1991; (p. 22-25)
y Thomas Keneally Peter Quartermaine , London Melbourne : Edward Arnold , 1991 Z543132 1991 single work criticism Provides a wide-ranging introduction to Keneally's novels, exploring them in the context of the author's personal and national background. Focuses on issues such as post-colonialism, the use of violence in literature, and attitudes to other cultures. Examines the way in which Keneally's reliance on historical sources reflects the problematic nature of current attitudes to history and the past.
Consuming Theatre: Linguistic Colonialism in Thomas Keneally's "The Playmaker" Sally Dawson , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , December no. 4 1990; (p. 27-34)
Untitled Stephen Knight , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 157-158)

— Review of The Playmaker Thomas Keneally 1987 single work novel
Drama in the Penal Colony B. Edwards , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: Mattoid , no. 33 1989; (p. 192-195)

— Review of The Playmaker Thomas Keneally 1987 single work novel
Untitled R. Stone , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: New York Times Book Review , 1 October 1989; (p. 1)

— Review of The Playmaker Thomas Keneally 1987 single work novel
Peace Breaks Out at the Writers' Week Sandra Hall , 1988 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 12-13 March 1988; (p. 6)
A Dark Mirror of Australian Origins Helen Daniel , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 10 October 1987; (p. 13)

— Review of The Playmaker Thomas Keneally 1987 single work novel
A Young Colony Treads the Boards Keith Russell , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Newcastle Herald , 28 November 1987; (p. 10)

— Review of The Playmaker Thomas Keneally 1987 single work novel
Curtain Up on Our Beginnings Katharine England , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 17 October 1987; (p. 8)

— Review of The Playmaker Thomas Keneally 1987 single work novel
Fashioning Dreams on Our New World's Stage Veronica Sen , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 10 October 1987; (p. B4)

— Review of The Playmaker Thomas Keneally 1987 single work novel
Keneally at Our First Play Manning Clark , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10 October 1987; (p. 47)

— Review of The Playmaker Thomas Keneally 1987 single work novel
Keneally at Work in a Wretched World Susan McKernan , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 20 October vol. 109 no. 5592 1987; (p. 105)

— Review of The Playmaker Thomas Keneally 1987 single work novel
Keneally's Finger on a Fatal Pulse David English , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: Times on Sunday , 11 October 1987; (p. 33)

— Review of The Playmaker Thomas Keneally 1987 single work novel
Ripples Through the Mind Adrian Mitchell , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 10-11 October 1987; (p. 15)

— Review of The Playmaker Thomas Keneally 1987 single work novel
Outlandish Truths Jennifer Krauss , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: New Republic , 4 January 1988; (p. 40-41)

— Review of The Playmaker Thomas Keneally 1987 single work novel
Performance at the "Outermost Penal Station"... Nancy Potter , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , Spring vol. 2 no. 1 1988; (p. 8)

— Review of The Playmaker Thomas Keneally 1987 single work novel
Thrown Voices Brad Leithauser , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The New Yorker , 8 February 1988; (p. 99-100)

— Review of The Playmaker Thomas Keneally 1987 single work novel
Untitled Stephen Knight , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 157-158)

— Review of The Playmaker Thomas Keneally 1987 single work novel
His Majesty Presents an All-Convict Cast J. Atlas , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: New York Times Book Review , 20 September 1987; (p. 7, 9)

— Review of The Playmaker Thomas Keneally 1987 single work novel
Drama in the Penal Colony B. Edwards , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: Mattoid , no. 33 1989; (p. 192-195)

— Review of The Playmaker Thomas Keneally 1987 single work novel
Convicts and Convictions Nicholas Lezard , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: Spectator , 12 September vol. 259 no. 8305 1987; (p. 34)

— Review of The Playmaker Thomas Keneally 1987 single work novel
Untitled R. Stone , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: New York Times Book Review , 1 October 1989; (p. 1)

— Review of The Playmaker Thomas Keneally 1987 single work novel
Review J. Sutherland , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: London Review of Books , vol. 9 no. 17 1987; (p. 18-19)

— Review of The Playmaker Thomas Keneally 1987 single work novel
Review P. Vansittard , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: London Magazine , vol. 27 no. 8 1987; (p. 105-107)

— Review of The Playmaker Thomas Keneally 1987 single work novel
Thomas Keneally : The Playmaker Di Morrissey (interviewer), 1987 single work column
— Appears in: The Mercury , 31 October 1987; (p. 18)
y Geschichte erzahlen: Untersuchungen zur Behandlung von Geschichte und nationaler Identitat in australischer Gegenwartsliteratur Henrike Wenzel , Munster : Lit Verlag , 2003 Z1172475 2003 single work criticism
Australia Now and Then Peter Fuller , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 17 October 1987; (p. B1)
Foreword : Brian has the Word Elizabeth Swanson , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 17-18 October 1987; (p. 15)
Keneally Juggles with the Pieces of the World Jigsaw Candida Baker , 1987 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Age , 17 October 1987; (p. 9)
Peace Breaks Out at the Writers' Week Sandra Hall , 1988 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 12-13 March 1988; (p. 6)
Shelf Life Rod Usher , 1988 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 12 March 1988; (p. 11)
Kempsey Next for Keneally Paul Whittaker , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Mercury , 8 April 1994; (p. 11)
Consuming Theatre: Linguistic Colonialism in Thomas Keneally's "The Playmaker" Sally Dawson , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , December no. 4 1990; (p. 27-34)
Just the Mother-in-Law at the Wedding Helen Musa , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 29 January 1994; (p. 13)
History and Sublimity in Keneally's "The Playmaker" Donna Heiland , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian & New Zealand Studies in Canada , June no. 11 1994; (p. 12-22)
Playing Convicts Ron Banks , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The West Australian Magazine , 25 May 1991; (p. 22-25)
The Small Fiction of a Great Country Howard Jacobson , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 26-27 December 1987; (p. 4,6)
y Thomas Keneally Peter Quartermaine , London Melbourne : Edward Arnold , 1991 Z543132 1991 single work criticism Provides a wide-ranging introduction to Keneally's novels, exploring them in the context of the author's personal and national background. Focuses on issues such as post-colonialism, the use of violence in literature, and attitudes to other cultures. Examines the way in which Keneally's reliance on historical sources reflects the problematic nature of current attitudes to history and the past.
y Australian Melodramas : Thomas Keneally's Fiction Peter Pierce , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1995 Z565009 1995 single work criticism The first comprehensive critical study of Keneally's work. It concentrates on his novels, but also covers plays and non-fiction, and analyses the academic reception of Keneally's work.
From Keneally to Wertenbaker : Sanitizing the System Ruth Brown , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Representing Convicts : New Perspectives on Convict Forced Labour Migration 1997; (p. 78-87)
Reviewing Australia's First Performance : The Recruiting Officer in Sydney 1789 Nathan Garvey , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 40 2002; (p. 26-57)
Transported and Transmuted Xiaojin Zhou , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: From Fixity to Fluidity : The Theme of Identity in Thomas Keneally's Fiction 2009; (p. 59-69)
'To the transported convicts, the first dominant feature of Australia is that it is too far away from the center of civilization. To undergo hardships on the sea with a messianic confidence (as the Pilgrims Fathers of America did) can at least be imagined as self-fulfillment; to be chained and locked in cabins on an eight-month long voyage without any decent purpose at all is totally another thing, disorienting to say the least. “Each on his or her eighteen inches of bed space”, looking out through the portholes of the ship (Keneally 1987a: 18), the convicts know but one thing: it’s a long distance from their home. They’re sent to the “world’s worse end”, as the opening sentence of Keneally’s Bring Larks and Heroes states (1967: 7). ' (59)
Reversed Nature, Dislocation, and Self-Commissioning Xiaojin Zhou , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: From Fixity to Fluidity : The Theme of Identity in Thomas Keneally's Fiction 2009; (p. 69-77)
'Different from the American Pilgrim Fathers, the early Europeans come to Australia without a dignified purpose. What’s worse, the Australian landscape defies their efforts to find a mission in local context. Everything here is different, alien and unaccountable, thwarting all attempts to subject it to European cognizance and interpretation. Even the most ardent scientist cannot find a proper mode of linguistic expression for the alien landscape, which leads to the disjunction between discourse and place. However, initial efforts are made by early settlers to find themselves a culturally and psychologically sustaining purpose. Self-commissioning takes such various forms as exploration, scientific studies and settlement, all of which are related, in a subtle but tenacious manner, to the British Empire and to their own past. Yet it is easy to put Australian on the map of the world, but it is difficult to subject the new world to the general scheme of the Empire. It simply refuses to be part of it. The wrestling with a troubled identity drives them to missionary activities in the land, which unfortunately further exacerbates the crisis rather than overcoming it, for in doing so, they forsake the sense of belonging “there”, only to find they can hardly belong “here”. ' (69-70)
The Criminal Past in Present : Keneally's Portrayal of Colonial Society Xiaojin Zhou , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: From Fixity to Fluidity : The Theme of Identity in Thomas Keneally's Fiction 2009; (p. 95-105)

'For those who wrote about her before she was known to exist, Australia was in image a Utopia, a sort of Paradise However, the realities shattered this image. The First Fleet carried not pious and self-righteous Christians as Mayflower did, but perjurers, thieves, robbers, secret society members, and burglars – all “hangable material”(Keneally 1987b: 70). In other words, every corner of their present is marked with the crime of their past. '

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