Issue Details: First known date: 1984 1984
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Notes

  • Incorporates two previously published volumes : Five Acre Virgin and Other Stories (1976) and The Travelling Entertainer and Other Stories (1979), and the autobiographical essay 'Self-Portrait: A Child Went Forth' (1983).
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 1984 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Another Holiday for the Prince, Elizabeth Jolley , 1973 single work short story (p. 3-9)
Five Acre Virgin, Elizabeth Jolley , 1976 single work short story (p. 10-17)
A Gentleman's Agreement, Elizabeth Jolley , 1976 single work short story (p. 18-24)
The Wedding of the Painted Doll, Elizabeth Jolley , 1976 single work short story (p. 25-41)
One Bite for Christmas, Elizabeth Jolley , 1976 single work short story (p. 42-48)
'Surprise! Surprise!' from Matron, Elizabeth Jolley , 1976 single work short story humour (p. 49-59)
The Shepherd on the Roof, Elizabeth Jolley , 1976 single work short story (p. 60-74)
Outink to Uncle's Place, Elizabeth Jolley , 1970 single work short story (p. 75-83)
Bill Sprockett's Land, Elizabeth Jolley , 1971 single work short story (p. 84-89)
A Hedge of Rosemary, Elizabeth Jolley , 1967 single work short story (p. 90-97)
The Jarrah Thieves, Elizabeth Jolley , 1976 single work short story (p. 98-118)
The Performance, Elizabeth Jolley , 1979 single work short story (p. 121-149)
Winter Nelis, Elizabeth Jolley , 1979 single work short story (p. 150-160)
The Outworks of the Kingdom, Elizabeth Jolley , 1978 single work short story The Owner of Grief (p. 161-167)
The Agent in Travelling, Elizabeth Jolley , 1979 single work short story (p. 168-175)
The Long Distance Lecture, Elizabeth Jolley , 1979 single work short story (p. 176-189)
The Fellow Passenger, Elizabeth Jolley , 1979 single work short story
'As his ship proceeds to Australia, Dr Abrahams goes on a parallel inner journey.' (Journeys, p.149)
(p. 190-203)
Mr Parker's Valentine, Elizabeth Jolley , 1979 single work short story (p. 204-215)
A New World, Elizabeth Jolley , 1973 single work short story (p. 216-224)
The Travelling Entertainer, Elizabeth Jolley , 1979 single work short story (p. 225-251)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Viking ; Penguin , 1988 .
      Extent: 312p.
      Edition info: First American edition.
      ISBN: 0670821136
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Penguin , 1989 .
      Extent: 312p.
      Note/s:
      • A King Penguin
      ISBN: 0140085815
Alternative title: Five Acre Virgin and Other Stories
    • North Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 2009 .
      Extent: 384p.
      Edition info: 2nd ed.
      Note/s:
      • Includes foreword by Caroline Lurie.
      • Author's note: I saw Mr Hodgetts when I was five. I peered at his back through his lace curtain. I wrote in a Boots Diary before I knew the alphabet. I loved smooth paper, I still do.

        In trying to write I start with one little picture, a few words, an idea so slender it hardly matters and then, suddenly, I am exploring human feelings and reasons. The first story I wrote in Western Australia was 'A hedge of Rosemary', about 1960. I suppose it contains things I had left behind, like the old man who carefully studied the soles of his boots whenever he took them off, and things which were w\new to me but known already by people who had always lived here, but it is more a re-enactment of the reality of transplantation and chosen exile experienced vicariously during childhood.

        The stories in this collection are taken from that time to the present.

        The first six stories come from a collection of twelve in which I have tried to present the human being overcoming the perplexities and difficulties of living. The collection is called 'The Discarders'. The characters appear to inhabit a crazy world. I think it is our world. Perhaps, because of too much shy hope and tenderness and expectation, people discard each other when it might be more satisfactory to discard the complacent acceptance of the values of our society and education and the repeats on television. 'You know, land isn't just for sheep,' Mother said. 'It's for people to enjoy themselves.'

        I think she's say the same about reading.

        Elizabeth Jolley

        1976

      ISBN: 9781921361371 (pbk.)
      Series: y Australian Classics Series Fremantle Press (publisher), North Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2008- Z1572615 2008 series - publisher short story novel

Works about this Work

Elizabeth Jolley : A Cross-Cultural Life in Writing Barbara Milech , Brian Dibble , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , vol. 2 no. 2010;

'Elizabeth Jolley is one of Australia's most significant writers: she published some two dozen books of fiction, essays and radio dramas, won every major Australian literary award, received four honorary doctorates, was awarded the Order of Australia for service to Australian Literature in 1988, and was named an Australian 'National Living Treasure' in 1997.

Her career has its roots in the UK, the place of her birth, schooling and early marriage. In 1959 she travelled with her three children and her husband to Perth, Western Australia, where Leonard Jolley took up a position as foundation Librarian of the University of Western Australia. She brought with her a trunk full of unpublished/rejected manuscripts which provided the initial materials from which she developed her published fictions and essays in Australia.

This article explores the institutional frameworks in Australia which enabled Jolley - a constant writer from childhood - to develop, in David Carter's phrase, 'a career in writing' from the mid-1970s onwards. It argues that Jolley rewrote her foundation manuscripts (written in another country) both to imagine Australian lives and to conform to Australian publishers' requirements. In doing so, it traces how the fiction and essays translate the experience of migration/exile, often thematised through the recurrent image of being 'on the edge,' into the particular and powerful ethic of love that informs Jolley's writing.' (Author's abstract)

Untitled Cameron Woodhead , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 28 March 2009; (p. 26)

— Review of Stories : Five Acre Virgin, The Travelling Entertainer Elizabeth Jolley 1984 selected work short story
Untitled Brian Dibble , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 138)

— Review of Stories : Five Acre Virgin, The Travelling Entertainer Elizabeth Jolley 1984 selected work short story
Humour, Poignancy, and Intrigue : The Fiction of Elizabeth Jolley Suzanne Scott , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Belles-Lettres (US) , July-August 1988; (p. 3)

— Review of Palomino Elizabeth Jolley 1980 single work novel ; Stories : Five Acre Virgin, The Travelling Entertainer Elizabeth Jolley 1984 selected work short story
Funny, but Sad People Inhabit Jolley's Stories Nancy Lee Jones , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , Winter vol. 2 no. 2 1988; (p. 130)

— Review of Stories : Five Acre Virgin, The Travelling Entertainer Elizabeth Jolley 1984 selected work short story
Untitled Mary Wright , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Centre Broadsheet , March - April vol. 3 no. 2 1984; (p. 11)

— Review of Stories : Five Acre Virgin, The Travelling Entertainer Elizabeth Jolley 1984 selected work short story
Variations on Character Marion Halligan , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 29 September 1984; (p. 16)

— Review of Stories : Five Acre Virgin, The Travelling Entertainer Elizabeth Jolley 1984 selected work short story
Chronicler of Time's Slow Attritions Graham Burns , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 14 July 1984; (p. 13)

— Review of Stories : Five Acre Virgin, The Travelling Entertainer Elizabeth Jolley 1984 selected work short story
A Talent Which has Its Flaws Geoffrey Dutton , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 29 May vol. 104 no. 5418 1984; (p. 97)

— Review of Stories : Five Acre Virgin, The Travelling Entertainer Elizabeth Jolley 1984 selected work short story
Love, Longing and Loneliness : The Fiction of Elizabeth Jolley Laurie Clancy , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 56 1983; (p. 8-12)
Untitled Mary Wright , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Centre Broadsheet , March - April vol. 3 no. 2 1984; (p. 11)

— Review of Stories : Five Acre Virgin, The Travelling Entertainer Elizabeth Jolley 1984 selected work short story
Untitled Cameron Woodhead , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 28 March 2009; (p. 26)

— Review of Stories : Five Acre Virgin, The Travelling Entertainer Elizabeth Jolley 1984 selected work short story
Humour, Poignancy, and Intrigue : The Fiction of Elizabeth Jolley Suzanne Scott , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Belles-Lettres (US) , July-August 1988; (p. 3)

— Review of Palomino Elizabeth Jolley 1980 single work novel ; Stories : Five Acre Virgin, The Travelling Entertainer Elizabeth Jolley 1984 selected work short story
Funny, but Sad People Inhabit Jolley's Stories Nancy Lee Jones , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , Winter vol. 2 no. 2 1988; (p. 130)

— Review of Stories : Five Acre Virgin, The Travelling Entertainer Elizabeth Jolley 1984 selected work short story
Untitled Brian Dibble , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 138)

— Review of Stories : Five Acre Virgin, The Travelling Entertainer Elizabeth Jolley 1984 selected work short story
Variations on Character Marion Halligan , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 29 September 1984; (p. 16)

— Review of Stories : Five Acre Virgin, The Travelling Entertainer Elizabeth Jolley 1984 selected work short story
Chronicler of Time's Slow Attritions Graham Burns , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 14 July 1984; (p. 13)

— Review of Stories : Five Acre Virgin, The Travelling Entertainer Elizabeth Jolley 1984 selected work short story
A Talent Which has Its Flaws Geoffrey Dutton , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 29 May vol. 104 no. 5418 1984; (p. 97)

— Review of Stories : Five Acre Virgin, The Travelling Entertainer Elizabeth Jolley 1984 selected work short story
Elizabeth Jolley : A Cross-Cultural Life in Writing Barbara Milech , Brian Dibble , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , vol. 2 no. 2010;

'Elizabeth Jolley is one of Australia's most significant writers: she published some two dozen books of fiction, essays and radio dramas, won every major Australian literary award, received four honorary doctorates, was awarded the Order of Australia for service to Australian Literature in 1988, and was named an Australian 'National Living Treasure' in 1997.

Her career has its roots in the UK, the place of her birth, schooling and early marriage. In 1959 she travelled with her three children and her husband to Perth, Western Australia, where Leonard Jolley took up a position as foundation Librarian of the University of Western Australia. She brought with her a trunk full of unpublished/rejected manuscripts which provided the initial materials from which she developed her published fictions and essays in Australia.

This article explores the institutional frameworks in Australia which enabled Jolley - a constant writer from childhood - to develop, in David Carter's phrase, 'a career in writing' from the mid-1970s onwards. It argues that Jolley rewrote her foundation manuscripts (written in another country) both to imagine Australian lives and to conform to Australian publishers' requirements. In doing so, it traces how the fiction and essays translate the experience of migration/exile, often thematised through the recurrent image of being 'on the edge,' into the particular and powerful ethic of love that informs Jolley's writing.' (Author's abstract)

Love, Longing and Loneliness : The Fiction of Elizabeth Jolley Laurie Clancy , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 56 1983; (p. 8-12)
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