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First known date: 1938 Issue Details: First known date: 1938 1938
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Arriving in Capricornia (a fictional name for the Northern Territory) in 1904 with his brother Oscar, Mark Shillingworth soon becomes part of the flotsam and jetsam of Port Zodiac (Darwin) society. Dismissed from the public service for drunkenness, Mark forms a brief relationship with an Aboriginal woman and fathers a son, whom he deserts and who acquires the name of Naw-Nim (no-name). After killing a Chinese shopkeeper, Norman disappears from view until the second half of the novel.

Oscar, the respectable contrast to Mark, marries and tries to establish himself on a Capricornian cattle station, Red Ochre, but is deserted by his wife and eventually returns for a time to Batman (Melbourne), accompanied by his daughter Marigold and foster son Norman, who has been sent to him after Mark's desertion.

Oscar rejects the plea of a former employee, Peter Differ, to see to the welfare of his daughter Constance; Constance Differ is placed under the 'protection' of Humboldt Lace, a Protector of Aborigines, who seduces her and then marries her off to another man of part-Aboriginal descent. Forced into prostitution, Constance is dying of consumption when discovered by a railway fitter, Tim O'Cannon, who will take care of Constance's daughter, Tocky, until his own death in a train accident.
Hearing news in 1928 of an economic boom in Capricornia, Oscar returns to his station, where he is joined by Marigold and Norman, who has grown to manhood believing himself to be the son of a Javanese princess and a solider killed in the First World War. Soon after, he discovers his mother was an Aboriginal woman, and meets his father, with whom he will not reconcile until later in the novel. Norman then goes on a series of journeys to discover his true, part-Aboriginal self. On the second of these journeys, he meets and wanders in the wilderness with Tocky, who has escaped from the mission station to which she was sent after the death of O'Cannon. During this passage, she kills a man in self-defense, which leads to Norman's being accused of murder, at the same time his father is prosecuted for the death of the Chinese shopkeeper. At the end of the novel they are both acquitted, Heather and Mark are married, and Norman returns to Red Ochre, where he finds the body of Tocky and their child in a water tank in which she had taken refuge from the authorities. (Source: Oxford Companion to Australian Literature)

Notes

  • From ca. 1956 many editions have the dedication: To sweet Sadie Norden out of whose love it grew
  • Other formats: Also sound recording, large print.

Contents

* Contents derived from the North Ryde, Ryde - Gladesville - Hunters Hill area, Northwest Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1990 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Capricornia : Introduction, Mudrooroo , 1938-1990 single work criticism (p. vii-xiv)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: Capricornia
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Publicist Publishing Company , 1938 .
      Extent: 595p.
      Limited edition info: 'Of this book a first edition of 2,000 copies has been printed, including 50 numbered copies on pure rag paper.'
      Description: Map on endpapers.
      Note/s:
      • 'First printing completed December, 1937.'
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1938 .
      Extent: x, 510p.p.
      Edition info: 2nd ed. January 1938.
      Edition info: First A & R edition
      Description: Map on endpapers.
      Reprinted: 1938 November
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Rich & Cowan , 1939 .
      Extent: x, 549p.p.
    • London,
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      England,
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      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Angus and Robertson , 1939 .
      Extent: xi, 549p.p.
      Edition info: 1st English ed.
      Description: Map on endpapers.
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Appleton , 1943 .
      Extent: xiv, 648 [ie. 649]p.p.
      Description: Map on endpapers.
      Note/s:
      • Foreword by Carl Van Doren.
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1956 .
      Extent: vii, 448p.p.
      Description: Map on endpapers.
      Reprinted: 1959
      Note/s:
      • 1959 reprint has with some alteration of preliminary material.
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Sirius Books , 1963 .
      Extent: viii, 448p.p.
      Reprinted: 1965
      Note/s:
      • Does not include the list of Principal Characters that appears in earlier editions.
      • Includes Publisher's Note, vii-viii.
      Series: Sirius Books Sirius Quality Paperbacks Angus and Robertson (publisher), series - publisher
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Pacific Books , 1969 .
      Extent: viii, 448p.p.
      ISBN: 0207947597
      Series: Pacific Books Angus and Robertson (publisher), 1961 series - publisher The establishment of this paperback imprint of Angus Robertson was spearheaded by Beatrice Davis. It started with print runs of 20,000 in 1961 (Paper Empires: History of Book in Australia, 18).This paperback series, published by Angus and Robertson, contains both numbered and unnumbered volumes.
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Award Books , 1969 .
      Extent: 566p.
      Description: map.
      Reprinted: 1976
      Note/s:
      • Foreword by Carl van Doren.
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1972 .
      Extent: vii, 448p.p.
      Reprinted: 1977
      Note/s:
      • With short title: Capricornia
      • Introduced by Laurie Hergenhan.
      ISBN: 0207125279(pbk)
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Arkon Paperbacks , 1975 .
      Alternative title: Xavier Herbert's Capricornia
      Extent: x, 510p.p.
      Reprinted: 1975 , 1977 , 1981 , 1985
      ISBN: 0207133042, 0207132674
      Series: Arkon Paperbacks Angus and Robertson (publisher), 1972 series - publisher Arkon is a paperback reprint imprint of the Australian publisher Angus and Robertson. The series was launched in 1972 to be merchandised in connection with T. V. series and involved the cartoonist Patrick Cook.
    • Kensington, Randwick area, Sydney Eastern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Times House , 1984 .
      Extent: x, 510p.p.
      Note/s:
      • The Collector's Library of Australia's Great Books
      • Times House Publishing in association with The Australian
      ISBN: 0858356953
    • North Ryde, Ryde - Gladesville - Hunters Hill area, Northwest Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1996 .
      Extent: xiv, 510p.p.
      Description: map.
      Note/s:
      • This edition is part of the A & R Classics series.
      • With short title: Capricornia
      • Includes introduction by Mudrooroo Nyoongah from the Angus & Robertson 1990 edition.
      ISBN: 0207189730
      Series: y A and R Classics Angus and Robertson (publisher), Z1411167 series - publisher
    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins , 1996 .
      Extent: xx, 577p.p.
      Reprinted: 2002
      Note/s:
      • This edition is part of the A & R Classics series.
      ISBN: 0207199558
      Series: y A and R Classics Angus and Robertson (publisher), Z1411167 series - publisher
    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins , 2008 .
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      Extent: xx, 569p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Gift edition published to coincide with the release of the film Australia. The film's credits acknowledge Capricornia's role in chronicling the events of Northern Australia's history as depicted in the movie.
      ISBN: 9780732289461 (pbk.)
    • Sydney South, South Sydney area, Sydney Southern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins , 2013 .
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      Extent: 624p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 1st March 2013
      ISBN: 9780732296995, 0732296994
      Series: y A and R Classics Angus and Robertson (publisher), Z1411167 series - publisher
Alternative title: Capricornia : Roman
Language: Swedish
    • Stockholm,
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      Sweden,
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      Scandinavia, Western Europe, Europe,
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      Fritzes , 1944 .
      Extent: 758p.
      Reprinted: 1944 , 1948

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White Aborigines : Xavier Herbert, P. R. Stephensen and the Publicist Ellen Smith , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Interventions : International Journal of Postcolonial Studies , vol. 16 no. 1 2014; (p. 97-116)
'This essay explores the way ideas about Aboriginality informed right-wing nationalist projects in Australia in the 1930s. Focusing on the publication by the proto-fascist Publicist group of Xavier Herbert's classic anti-racist protest novel of the Australian frontier, Capricornia, I unpack the unlikely logic by which a deep identification with Aboriginality and with the political struggle for Aboriginal rights is at the core of a set of fantasies about white Australian ethnicity and the great Australian novel. Recent scholarship on race and Australian nationalism ties nationalist investments in a traditional Aboriginal presence to the dismantling of the white Australia policy and the rise of the liberal multicultural state. Attending to the earlier history of Aboriginal appropriation reveals the unstable place of the Aboriginal figure on the political right. I argue that Herbert's novel stages the relationship between a white father and his mixed-race Aboriginal son as the potential site of legitimate white Australian belonging. Ultimately, however, the Aboriginal woman carries the violence of Herbert's attempt to turn the white colonizer into a national indigene.' (Author's abstract)
Tracking Our Country in Settler Literature Jeanine Leane , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 3 2014;
'This is a narrative paper that tracks a story of Aboriginal representation and the concept of nation across the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries through some important Australian texts. I read this assemblage of settler literature through the cultural metaphor of tracking, because tracking is as much about anticipation as it is following. Tracking is about reading: reading land and people before and after whitefellas. It is about entering into the consciousness of the person or people of interest. Tracking is not just about reading the physical signs; it is about reading the mind. It is not just about seeing and hearing what is there; it is as much about what is not there. Tony Morrisson wrote of mapping ‘the critical geography’ (3) of the white literary imagination in her work on Africanist presence in American Literature, Playing in the Dark. This paper tracks the settler imagination on Aboriginal presence in Australian literature in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. ' (Author's introduction)
y Writing Native : The Aboriginal in Australian Cultural Nationalism 1927–1945 Ellen Smith , Princeton : 2013 7432428 2013 single work thesis

'Writing Native explores how Australian interwar nationalist representations of the Aboriginal engaged key political and aesthetic paradigms of the early twentieth century: communism, fascism and modernism. Critics often interpret nationalist engagements with Aboriginal culture as a recent phenomenon, tied to the dismantling of the white Australia policy and the rise of the liberal multicultural state. However, I uncover a longer and more politically varied history. Moving from the far left to the far right, I demonstrate the centrality of representations of the Aboriginal within attempts to imagine alternatives to liberal capitalist modernity in Australia from diverse political perspectives. In doing so, I offer a new way of way of thinking about the relationship between Australian cultural nationalism and modernist cultures in the first half of the twentieth century. ' (Thesis abstract)

Word on the Street 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 13 May 2012; (p. 17)
Aboriginal Story-Telling : Traditonal and Contemporary Rosemary van den Berg , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 16 May no. 264 2012; (p. 25)
Sir Zelman and the Literary Looney Laurie Hergenhan , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , June vol. 56 no. 6 2012; (p. 70-73)
The Materialization and Transformation of Xavier Herbert : A Body of Work Committed to Australia Russell McDougall , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Engaging with Literature of Commitment : The Worldly Scholar (Volume 2) 2012; (p. 187-200)
‘When the Australian novelist Xavier Herbert applied for a War Service Pension in 1975, the Western Australian authorities were unable to verify his existence. The Deputy Commissioner requested that he supply his birth certificate. ‘Of course I do not have one,’ he responded, ‘have never had one.’ He had been born, he said, at a time and a place when records often were not kept, a frontier space where established social conventions had given way to makeshift. He had been told that he was born on 15 May 1901, and had always operated on that assumption, until now being informed that he had no official existence at all.’ (Author’s introduction 187)
Intertexts of Capricornia Russell McDougall , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Shadow of the Precursor 2012; (p. 62-73)
'This chapter explores some of the many illuminating literary as well as film intertexts of Xavier Herbert's "vast" 1938 novel Capricornia, looking backwards and forwards in time. It considers both "vertical and "horizontal" types of intertextuality. Thus, some relationships begin with reference to another literary text ("horizontal"), while others work across modes, from novel to film or vice versa ("vertical"). Locating the novel in terms of a global system of intertexts, the chapter offers a balance to readings that attempt to objectify and limit the novel's "reality," especially by narrowly nation-focused explanations. The effect is expansive, moving between conventional literary codes of meaning and into mythic, cartographic and astrological realms of apprehension. What emerges is a text just as impure as the novel's own social idealism - a creole text to embody the Creole Nation. (62)
'Aryan Australia' in the National Curriculum David S. Bird , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , July - August vol. 56 no. 7/8 2012; (p. 52-56)
A Literary Visit to the USA : A Memoir Laurie Hergenhan , 2012 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 26 no. 1 2012; (p. 74-78)
Top End Chronicle Overpowers Its Flaws Geordie Williamson , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 19 October 2012; (p. 15)

— Review of Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert 1938 single work novel
Literary Transculturations and Modernity : Some Reflections Anne Holden Ronning , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 4 no. 1 2011;
'In an increasingly global world literary and cultural critics are constantly searching for ways in which to analyse and debate texts and artefacts. Postcolonial theories and studies have provided useful tools for analyzing, among others, New Literatures in English and other languages, as well as throwing new light on an understanding of older texts. But today, with the increase in diaspora studies in literature and cultural studies, new ways of looking at texts are paramount, given the complexity of contemporary literature. There is, as Bill Ashcroft writes, a 'strange contrapuntal relationship between identity, history, and nation that needs to be unravelled.' With references to Australian literature, this article will present some reflections on transculturation and modernities, the themes of the Nordic Network of Transcultural Literary Studies, which considers transculturation not as a theory but, 'a matrix through which a set of critical tools and vocabularies can be refined for the study of texts from a localized world, but institutionalised globally' and where , ' the engagement of multiple sites and their routes with the progression of "one modernity" in some way or other inform the aesthetics of transcultural literature.' (Author's introduction)
Rearranging the Dead Cat Bruce Pascoe , 2011 single work essay
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 71 no. 2 2011; (p. 14-23)
Eugenics, Capricornia-Style : Chief Protector Dr Cecil Cook Stephen Gray , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Brass Discs, Dog Tags & Finger Scanners 2011; (p. 61-90)
Biopolitical Correspondences : Settler Nationalism, Thanatopolitics, and the Perils of Hybridity Michael R. Griffiths , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , June vol. 26 no. 2 2011; (p. 20-42)
'How does (post)colonial literary culture, so often annexed to nationalist concerns, interface with what Michel Foucalt called biopolitics? Biopolitics can be defined as the regularisation of a population according to the perceived insistence on norms. Indeed, biopolitics is crucially concerned with what is perceptible at the macroscopic level of an entire population - often rendering its operations blind to more singular, small, identitarian, or even communitarian representations and imaginaries. Unlike the diffuse, microscopic, governmental mechanisms of surveillance that identify the need for disciplinary interventions, biopolitics concerns itself with the regularisation of societies on a large scale, notably through demography. As Ann Laura Stoler has put it, Foucault's identification of these two forms of power, 'the disciplining of individual bodies...and the regularization of life processes of aggregate human populations' has led to much productive work in the postcolonialist critique of 'the discursive management of the sexual practices of the colonized', and the resultant 'colonial order of things' (4).' (Author's introduction, 20)
Spaces of Hybridity : Creating a Sense of Belonging through Spatial Awareness Lesley Hawkes , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Postcolonial Issues in Australian Literature 2010; (p. 93-107)
Need I Repeat? : Settler Colonial Biopolitics and Postcolonial Iterability in Kim Scott’s Benang Michael R. Griffiths , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Postcolonial Issues in Australian Literature 2010; (p. 157-183)
A Nation So Ill-Begotten: Racialized Childhood Belonging in Xavier Herbert's Poor Fellow My Country and Baz Luhrmann's Australia Liz Conor , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Studies in Australasian Cinema , vol. 4 no. 2 2010; (p. 97-113)
Xavier Herbert's classic Australian novels Poor Fellow My Country (1975) and Capricornia (1938) are acknowledged as directly influencing Baz Lurhmann's film Australia. Aboriginal children have a particular significance in white imaginings of a distinctly Australian race destiny. Moreover, the creamy Aboriginal child has become a redemptive emblem of reconciliation in cultural imaginings. This article revisits Herbert's Aboriginal child character, Prindy, in Poor Fellow My Country, to assess Herbert's nationalist ambitions and how they were embodied by the mixed-descent child in his work. It situates this aspiration within an acquisitive impulse towards racialized children that characterized British colonialism, and that re-appears in Luhrmann's Australia.
Australia : Echoes of Xavier Herbert Laurie Hergenhan , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , March vol. 53 no. 3 2009; (p. 16-18)
The article discusses the film "Australia" in relation to the Australian fiction "Capricornia" and "Poor Fellow My Country" by Xavier Herbert. It compares the contrasting motifs of the movie and the novels. The author outlines the characters in the novels and explores how aspects of these characters are similarly played out in the movie. Overviews of the movie and the novels are also given.
Revisiting Xavier Herbert's Capricornia Elizabeth Webby , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 311 2009; (p. 38-40)
New Australian Books Frederick T. Macartney , 1938 single work review
— Appears in: All About Books , 16 March vol. 10 no. 3 1938; (p. 34-36)

— Review of Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert 1938 single work novel ; 'Whence Shall We Buy?' Lilian Crago 1937 selected work poetry ; Antipodean Journey Margaret Macpherson 1937 single work autobiography
Raw Life in North Australia 1938 single work review
— Appears in: The Central Queensland Herald , 17 February 1938; (p. 12)

— Review of Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert 1938 single work novel
Untitled 1938 single work review
— Appears in: The North Queensland Register , 19 February 1938; (p. 46)

— Review of Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert 1938 single work novel
A Worthy Award 1938 single work review
— Appears in: The Central Queensland Herald , 21 April 1938; (p. 12)

— Review of Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert 1938 single work novel
Untitled 1956 single work review
— Appears in: The Cairns Post , 1 December 1956; (p. 6)

— Review of Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert 1938 single work novel
Australia's Longest Novel 1938 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Journal , 1 March vol. 74 no. 864 1938; (p. 420)

— Review of Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert 1938 single work novel
Top End Chronicle Overpowers Its Flaws Geordie Williamson , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 19 October 2012; (p. 15)

— Review of Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert 1938 single work novel
Untitled Nancy Keesing , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 24 no. 1 1964; (p. 65-67)

— Review of The Letters of Rachel Henning Rachel Biddulph Henning 1952 selected work correspondence biography ; Five Senses : Selected Poems Judith Wright 1963 selected work poetry ; Poems Kenneth Slessor 1957 selected work poetry ; The Madeleine Heritage Martin Mills 1928 single work novel ; Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert 1938 single work novel ; The Young Desire It : A Novel Seaforth MacKenzie 1937 single work novel
Untitled Vance Palmer , 1957 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 16 no. 1 1957; (p. 90-91)

— Review of My Crowded Solitude Jack McLaren 1926 single work autobiography ; Coonardoo : The Well in the Shadow Katharine Susannah Prichard 1928 single work novel ; Working Bullocks Katharine Susannah Prichard 1926 single work novel ; Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert 1938 single work novel ; Such Is Life : Being Certain Extracts from the Diary of Tom Collins Tom Collins 1897 single work novel
Untitled Scrutarius , 1963 single work review
— Appears in: Walkabout , vol. 29 no. 8 1963; (p. 42)

— Review of Such Is Life : Being Certain Extracts from the Diary of Tom Collins Tom Collins 1897 single work novel ; Poems Kenneth Slessor 1957 selected work poetry ; Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert 1938 single work novel ; Flying Fox and Drifting Sand : The Adventures of a Biologist in Australia Francis N. Ratcliffe 1937 single work autobiography
Young Xavier is No Idealist Laurie Clancy , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 January 1991; (p. rev 6)

— Review of South of Capricornia : Short Stories 1925-1934 Xavier Herbert 1990 selected work short story ; Seven Poor Men of Sydney Christina Stead 1934 single work novel ; Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert 1938 single work novel
Untitled John McLaren , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 16 no. 1 1993; (p. 119-121)

— Review of South of Capricornia : Short Stories 1925-1934 Xavier Herbert 1990 selected work short story ; Xavier Herbert : Episodes from Capricornia, Poor Fellow My Country and Other Fiction, Nonfiction and Letters Xavier Herbert 1992 selected work short story prose extract correspondence criticism interview biography ; Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert 1938 single work novel
North Australian Canvas 1938 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 30 March vol. 59 no. 3033 1938; (p. 2)

— Review of Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert 1938 single work novel
Capricornia Revisited 1956 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin (Christmas edition) , 12 December vol. 77 no. 4009 1956; (p. 2)

— Review of Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert 1938 single work novel
Short Views Ken Levis , 1957 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 18 no. 2 1957; (p. 116)

— Review of Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert 1938 single work novel
Capricornia Cookslander , 1957 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 9 1957; (p. 37)

— Review of Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert 1938 single work novel
Untitled C. P. Snow , 1978 single work review
— Appears in: Financial Times , 10 March 1978; (p. 15)

— Review of Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert 1938 single work novel ; The Literature of Australia 1964 anthology criticism biography bibliography
Untitled The Vulture , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 27-28 April 1996; (p. 10)

— Review of Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert 1938 single work novel
Australian Reprints Nancy Keesing , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 24 no. 1 1964; (p. 65-67)

— Review of The Pioneers Katharine Susannah Prichard 1915 single work novel ; Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert 1938 single work novel
y A Long and Winding Road : Xavier Herbert's Literary Journey Sean Monahan , Nedlands : UWA Publishing , 2003 Z1041133 2003 single work criticism
Politics and Xavier Herbert's Women Kevin Green , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 5 no. 1 1983; (p. 51-62)
An Evening with Xavier Herbert Xavier Herbert , 1976 single work autobiography
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 5 no. 1 1976; (p. 1-6)
The Psychoanalytic Approach to Literature Xavier Pons , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 14 no. 1 1986; (p. 36-46)
'Their Ultimate Absorption' : Assimilation in 1930s Australia John Chesterman , Heather Douglas , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 81 2004; (p. 48-58, notes 205-208)
Discusses the issue of Aboriginal assimilation with reference to Herbert's novel.
'Book News' Arranges for Exhibit J. U. , 1947 single work column
— Appears in: The Australasian Book News and Library Journal , April vol. 1 no. 10 1947; (p. 443)
Book News persuades the Department of Post War Reconstruction to include Australian literature in the Australian section of the British Empire Exhibition at the Royal Easter Show. Book News calls once more for a National Book League.
Round the World 1947 single work column
— Appears in: The Australasian Book News and Literary Journal , September vol. 2 no. 3 1947; (p. 168)
Can You Better This Book List? 1945 single work column
— Appears in: Book News , August no. [1] 1945; (p. 3)
More Australian Publishers 1934 single work column
— Appears in: All About Books , 12 April vol. 6 no. 4 1934; (p. 74)
Untitled 1953 single work criticism
— Appears in: Merringek , no. 1 1953; (p. 38 - 39)
Some Whites Are Whiter Than Others: The Whitefella Skin Politics of Xavier Herbert and Cecil Cook Fiona Probyn , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , Special Issue 2007; (p. 157-173)
Fiona Probyn-Rapsey investigates reports that Dr Cecil Cook, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Protector of Aborigines from 1927 to 1939 in the Northern Territory, was an albino. Her research leads her to conclude 'that Cook's "albinism" is possibly a fiction of Herbert's or it is an association built upon an image of extreme or excessive whiteness that inhabits Herbert's fiction, politics and letters. While the attribution of albinism to Cook's body is, I believe, a misreading, it is also instructive and revealing, because it inadvertently capitalises on (or makes literal or corporeal) Herbert's interests in securing Australia for a certain kind of whiteness - one that did not lack "colour', by which is meant, more accurately, indigeneity.
The Novel : Novels of Purpose H. M. Green , 1961 single work criticism
— Appears in: A History of Australian Literature, Pure and Applied : A Critical Review of All Forms of Literature Produced in Australia from the First Books Published After the Arrival of the First Fleet Until 1950, with Short Accounts of Later Publications Up to 1960 1961; (p. 1122-1152)
Capricornia : Xavier Herbert (1901-1984) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 143-147)
'A Vision through the Smoky Haze' : Viewing Corroboree in Selected Australian Novels Melinda Rose Jewell , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , vol. 20 no. 1&2 2005; (p. 31-54)
"Fiction portraying the experiences of Australian Indigenous people often contains depictions of the 'corroboree'. This representation commonly conveys a scenario in which Indigenous people dance while being watched by white spectators. This establishes a relationship between seeing and knowing that locates power in the hands of the white observers. Later in this century, both non-Indigenous, then more typically Indigenous authors, deconstruct the power structures at work in these portrayals." (31)
Undercover Susan Wyndham , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13-14 December 2008; (p. 30)
A column canvassing current literary news including a brief report on the acknowledgement to Xavier Herbert's Capricornia in the film credits of Baz Luhrmann's Australia.
Australia : Echoes of Xavier Herbert Laurie Hergenhan , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , March vol. 53 no. 3 2009; (p. 16-18)
The article discusses the film "Australia" in relation to the Australian fiction "Capricornia" and "Poor Fellow My Country" by Xavier Herbert. It compares the contrasting motifs of the movie and the novels. The author outlines the characters in the novels and explores how aspects of these characters are similarly played out in the movie. Overviews of the movie and the novels are also given.
Revisiting Xavier Herbert's Capricornia Elizabeth Webby , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 311 2009; (p. 38-40)
Aborigines as a Theme : Desert Saga, Coonardoo, Capricornia, The Timeless Land, Others. 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. 187-200)
Perception, Convention, Expectation and Transformation : Representations of Aborigines in Australian Texts Vijay C. Mishra , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Creative Nation : Australian Cinema and Cultural Studies Reader 2009; (p. 253-277)
The Outback Pablo Armellino , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ob-Scene Spaces in Australian Narrative : An Account of the Socio-Topographic Construction of Space in Australian Literature 2009; (p. 57-188)
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