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Issue Details: First known date: 1986 1986
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Notes

  • Despite suggestions from both Jonathan Cape and Viking to use only his own name, White insisted that his novel be read as the Memoirs of Many in One by Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray edited by Patrick White, thereby adding to his study of what he once described as a 'a senile character who is myself in my various roles and sexes'. (source: Hubber and Smith, 228)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Jonathan Cape , 1986 .
      Extent: 192p.
      Note/s:
      • An Australian issue printed at Griffin Press, SA.
      ISBN: 0224023713
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Viking , 1986 .
      Extent: 192p.
      ISBN: 0670813206
    • Harmondsworth, Middlesex,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1987 .
      Extent: 192p.
      ISBN: 0140094261
Alternative title: Dolly Formosa und die Auserwaehlten : Die Memoiren der Alex Xenophon Dimirjan Gray. Herausgegeben von Patrick White
Language: German
    • Düsseldorf,
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      Germany,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Claassen , 1988 .
      Extent: 239p.
      ISBN: 3546496167

Works about this Work

Patrick White and the Unconscious Mind David J. Tacey , single work review
— Review of Memoirs of Many in One Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray 1986 single work novel
Patrick White's Hungarian Connection Nourit Melcer-Padon , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 15 no. 3 2015;
'Memoirs of Many in One, Patrick White's last novel, is a challenging read. A fragmented plot-line serves to stage a numerous cast of diverse characters, all used to sustain the theatricals of a crazy old woman. Nonetheless, by following the clues White disperses in the text, one can discover a fascinating framework that makes this bread-crumbs-trail well worth the walk. A barely noticeable allusion to the epic poem of Imre Madách, a 19th century Hungarian writer, is the key to the unfolding of a double narrative structure. The master narrative, true to modern, post-structuralist format, is deconstructed and haphazard, whereas the underlying narrative is based on the older literary tradition of the morality play. Similarly, Alex, White's irresponsible and exacerbating protagonist may seem as an unlikely model for contemporary, romantic notions of freedom and self-fulfillment, yet she is used to debunk the very ideals she embodies. Despite her aspirations to selfish stardom, Alex's quest for forgiveness and absolution towards the end of her life is in line with the constitutive narrative of penance. At the same time, White uses his protagonist's journey to expose various European roots that cannot be severed and are still present in Australian culture.' (Publication abstract)
Patrick White's Late Style Andrew McCann , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Patrick White beyond the Grave : New Critical Perspectives 2015; (p. 117-128)
'...Andrew McCann shows how White's, and our, minor quakes find full expression in Memoirs of Many in One (1986): in hilarity not tragedy. He argues that over the course of his career, White's impulse is towards the farcical collapse of signification which in itself can be figured as a revelatory path to non-revelatory non-understanding. (Introduction 8)
Patrick White and Film Elizabeth Webby , Margaret Harris , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 13 no. 2 2013;
'2011 saw the release of The Eye of the Storm, the first adaptation to the screen of one of Patrick White’s novels. There had been earlier attempts, in particular the long-running saga of Voss, seemingly as doomed to failure as the explorer’s own quest. White’s interest in the theatre was paralleled by his interest in film; he knew that adaptations could boost an author’s reputation and sales. Manuscripts in the National Library of Australia’s White papers reveal that he wrote adaptations of several of his short stories as early as 1963. He did not manage to sell any of these but collaboration with director Jim Sharman in the 1970s led to the production of White’s screenplay of his story ‘The Night, the Prowler’. Inspired by this, White wrote several original screenplays that were never filmed. ‘Monkey Puzzle’, intended as a full-length film, sends up the Australian literary scene as well as Australian films of the period. The shorter 'Kidults' also includes a parody of the film version of My Brilliant Career. (Author's abstract)
Patrick White : (Auto) Biography - A Veiled Confession? Jessica Geva , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 26 no. 1 2012; (p. 19-25)
'...White's recourse to two particular autobiographical labels and modes (self-portrait and memoir) requires an appreciation of the complexity of these various models of life writing. In this essay, however, I shall be primarily concerned with White's technology of foreclosure of the confessional option.' (From author's introduction)
Patrick White : A Centenary Tribute Neil Armfield , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 71 no. 2 2012; (p. 18-28)
Resuscitating the Body : Corporeality in the Fiction of Patrick White Bridget Grogan , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 12 no. 3 2012;
'This essay argues that Patrick White's commitment to transcendentalism does not involve a dismissal or rejection of corporeality as critics in the past have maintained, but rather focuses on the dissolution of discursive subjectivity. It contends that White's writing in fact advances the ontological, ethical and metaphysical imperative of accepting the body, prioritizing moments of 'transcendence' that may be viewed productively as characters' engulfment within the material world. In its focus on physicality, White's fiction emphasizes dualism in order to problematize it, and even at times to subvert it. Crucial to this aspect of his fiction is his tendency to create characters exhibiting opposing attitudes towards the flesh. This essay explores the manifestation of these opposing attitudes within White's writing. Ultimately, it argues for a reading of White that is sensitive to the strong theme of corporeality in evidence throughout the oeuvre. It suggests that White's attention to the body assists in his rejection of hubris, repudiation, repression and abjection and promotes a human possibility defined by humility, simplicity, compassion and love.' (Author's abstract)
Displaying the Monster : Patrick White, Sexuality, Celebrity Guy Davidson , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 25 no. 1 2010; (p. 1-18)
The essay traces the interconnections between aesthetic mode, sexual disclosure, and literary celebrity in White's work and career. 'From early on in his career, White appears to have been convinced of a close link between ... sexuality and literary artistry. White's autobiographical writings, his correspondence, and his fiction elaborate upon this idea, moving between notions of identity as performance and identity as essence. In so doing, his work indicates his uneasy relations to his homosexuality and his celebrity status, both of which he simultaneously embraced and disavowed' (2).
Patrick White’s The Vivisector : Memoirs of Many in One – Who is Hurtle Duffield? Jane Frugtneit , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , vol. 1 no. 1 2009;
'On many occasions Patrick White professed a love of cooking. As acclaimed author he gained universal fame, and remains the only Australian writer to have won the Nobel Prize for literature. Both cooking and writing are creative processes and this essay draws parallels between the creative process, the digestive process, defecation and excrement. Of course, defecation is a natural bodily function resulting from food consumption and without food the body wouldn't survive. Syllogistically, without the corporeal there is no mind and without either body or mind there is no identity. In their introduction to Culture and Waste Gay Hawkins and Stephen Muecke contend that "expelling and discarding is more than biological necessity - it is fundamental to the ordering of the self" (Muecke 2003, xiii). Therefore, taken in the context of the biological and ontological duality of expulsion, I contend that food, in its many guises, is inextricably linked to identity. (Author's abstract)
How Patrick White Laughed Last Steve Meacham , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3 April 2003; (p. 16)
An Island of Treasures in a Sea of Books Vanessa Bond , 2002 single work essay
— Appears in: Upfront , Summer vol. 14 no. 3 2002; (p. 3-5)
y Arthur's Dream : The Religious Imagination in the Fiction of Patrick White Michael Giffin , Paddington : Spaniel Books , 1996 Z89235 1996 single work criticism
The Patrick White Hoax : A Novel Theory John Stapleton , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 May 1994; (p. 4)
y Patrick White Mark Williams , Basingstoke : Macmillan , 1993 Z35810 1993 single work criticism
Patrick White : "Memoirs of Many in One" Sue Woolfe , Kate Grenville , 1993 single work criticism interview
— Appears in: Making Stories : How Ten Australian Novels Were Written 1993; (p. 232-251)
Recent Acquisitions Ann Nugent , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: National Library of Australia News , vol. 3 no. 4 1993; (p. 7-10)
The Reality of Illusion and the Illusion of Reality Genevieve Laigle , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth , Autumn vol. 16 no. 1 1993; (p. 77-88)
To Be Or Not to Be? : The Verbal History of Patrick White Veronica Brady , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , Winter vol. 37 no. 2 1992; (p. 23-34) Caught in the Draught: On Contemporary Australian Culture and Society 1994; (p. 153-173)
Patrick White's Last Laugh William Fraser , 1992 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 16 May 1992; (p. 18-24)
Patrick White Has the Last Laugh 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15 May 1992; (p. 6)
Editor or Author? Ron Shepherd , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The CRNLE Reviews Journal , no. 2 1986; (p. 43-44)

— Review of Memoirs of Many in One Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray 1986 single work novel
A Unique View of White Bethwyn Brown , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 19 April 1986; (p. 33)

— Review of Memoirs of Many in One Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray 1986 single work novel
A Visit to White's Sacred Sites : "Struck by His Failure to Allow His Extraordinary Comic Gifts Full Rein" Leonie Kramer , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , September vol. 30 no. 9 1986; (p. 66-67)

— Review of Memoirs of Many in One Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray 1986 single work novel
A Wicked White Rips us to Shreds Thomas Shapcott , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5 April 1986; (p. 48)

— Review of Memoirs of Many in One Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray 1986 single work novel
Fantasies and Old Scores Laurie Clancy , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , September no. 104 1986; (p. 72)

— Review of Memoirs of Many in One Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray 1986 single work novel
Patrick Joins the Many in a Vivid Memoir Veronica Sen , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 12 May 1986; (p. B2)

— Review of Memoirs of Many in One Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray 1986 single work novel
Patrick White Editor A. P. Riemer , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , June vol. 46 no. 2 1986; (p. 239-244)

— Review of Memoirs of Many in One Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray 1986 single work novel
Patrick White: Stretching the Imagination David Rowbotham , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 5 April 1986; (p. 6)

— Review of Memoirs of Many in One Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray 1986 single work novel
Patrick White : The Glow of the Afterlife David Malouf , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 5-6 April 1986; (p. 13)

— Review of Memoirs of Many in One Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray 1986 single work novel
Possible Selves: Going in with the Ferrets and Coming out with the Rabbits Chris Wallace-Crabbe , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July no. 82 1986; (p. 7-8)

— Review of Memoirs of Many in One Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray 1986 single work novel
The Cheek of Patrick White Susan McKernan , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 15 April vol. 108 no. 5514 1986; (p. 117-118)

— Review of Memoirs of Many in One Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray 1986 single work novel
The Disreputable Other Half A. S. Byatt , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 4 April 1986; (p. 357)

— Review of Memoirs of Many in One Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray 1986 single work novel
White's Versatile Nun David English , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 5 April 1986; (p. 13)

— Review of Memoirs of Many in One Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray 1986 single work novel
Untitled R. Bates , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: British Book News , July 1986; (p. 426)

— Review of Memoirs of Many in One Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray 1986 single work novel
Untitled J. Baumbach , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 26 October 1986; (p. 12)

— Review of Memoirs of Many in One Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray 1986 single work novel
A Whiter Shade of Gray Axel Clark , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: Scripsi , November vol. 4 no. 2 1986; (p. 1-5)

— Review of Memoirs of Many in One Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray 1986 single work novel
Untitled Kerryn Goldsworthy , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 4-10 April 1986; (p. 31)

— Review of Memoirs of Many in One Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray 1986 single work novel
Untitled GruF , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: Campaign Australia , no. 126 1986; (p. 34)

— Review of Memoirs of Many in One Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray 1986 single work novel
Untitled P. Horn , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: London Review of Books , vol. 8 no. 8 1986; (p. 15-16)

— Review of Memoirs of Many in One Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray 1986 single work novel
Untitled Elizabeth Jolley , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Review , May vol. 1 no. 5 1986; (p. 15)

— Review of Memoirs of Many in One Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray 1986 single work novel
How Patrick White Laughed Last Steve Meacham , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3 April 2003; (p. 16)
Displaying the Monster : Patrick White, Sexuality, Celebrity Guy Davidson , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 25 no. 1 2010; (p. 1-18)
The essay traces the interconnections between aesthetic mode, sexual disclosure, and literary celebrity in White's work and career. 'From early on in his career, White appears to have been convinced of a close link between ... sexuality and literary artistry. White's autobiographical writings, his correspondence, and his fiction elaborate upon this idea, moving between notions of identity as performance and identity as essence. In so doing, his work indicates his uneasy relations to his homosexuality and his celebrity status, both of which he simultaneously embraced and disavowed' (2).
Patrick White’s The Vivisector : Memoirs of Many in One – Who is Hurtle Duffield? Jane Frugtneit , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , vol. 1 no. 1 2009;
'On many occasions Patrick White professed a love of cooking. As acclaimed author he gained universal fame, and remains the only Australian writer to have won the Nobel Prize for literature. Both cooking and writing are creative processes and this essay draws parallels between the creative process, the digestive process, defecation and excrement. Of course, defecation is a natural bodily function resulting from food consumption and without food the body wouldn't survive. Syllogistically, without the corporeal there is no mind and without either body or mind there is no identity. In their introduction to Culture and Waste Gay Hawkins and Stephen Muecke contend that "expelling and discarding is more than biological necessity - it is fundamental to the ordering of the self" (Muecke 2003, xiii). Therefore, taken in the context of the biological and ontological duality of expulsion, I contend that food, in its many guises, is inextricably linked to identity. (Author's abstract)
Patrick White : (Auto) Biography - A Veiled Confession? Jessica Geva , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 26 no. 1 2012; (p. 19-25)
'...White's recourse to two particular autobiographical labels and modes (self-portrait and memoir) requires an appreciation of the complexity of these various models of life writing. In this essay, however, I shall be primarily concerned with White's technology of foreclosure of the confessional option.' (From author's introduction)
Patrick White : A Centenary Tribute Neil Armfield , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 71 no. 2 2012; (p. 18-28)
An Island of Treasures in a Sea of Books Vanessa Bond , 2002 single work essay
— Appears in: Upfront , Summer vol. 14 no. 3 2002; (p. 3-5)
Resuscitating the Body : Corporeality in the Fiction of Patrick White Bridget Grogan , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 12 no. 3 2012;
'This essay argues that Patrick White's commitment to transcendentalism does not involve a dismissal or rejection of corporeality as critics in the past have maintained, but rather focuses on the dissolution of discursive subjectivity. It contends that White's writing in fact advances the ontological, ethical and metaphysical imperative of accepting the body, prioritizing moments of 'transcendence' that may be viewed productively as characters' engulfment within the material world. In its focus on physicality, White's fiction emphasizes dualism in order to problematize it, and even at times to subvert it. Crucial to this aspect of his fiction is his tendency to create characters exhibiting opposing attitudes towards the flesh. This essay explores the manifestation of these opposing attitudes within White's writing. Ultimately, it argues for a reading of White that is sensitive to the strong theme of corporeality in evidence throughout the oeuvre. It suggests that White's attention to the body assists in his rejection of hubris, repudiation, repression and abjection and promotes a human possibility defined by humility, simplicity, compassion and love.' (Author's abstract)
y Patrick White Mark Williams , Basingstoke : Macmillan , 1993 Z35810 1993 single work criticism
Patrick White : "Memoirs of Many in One" Sue Woolfe , Kate Grenville , 1993 single work criticism interview
— Appears in: Making Stories : How Ten Australian Novels Were Written 1993; (p. 232-251)
Autobiography or Fiction? Patrick White's "Memoirs of Many in One" Antonella Riem Natale , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , September vol. 36 no. 3 1991; (p. 95-101)
Rare Glance Over White's Shoulder William Fraser , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25 September 1991; (p. 10)
y Arthur's Dream : The Religious Imagination in the Fiction of Patrick White Michael Giffin , Paddington : Spaniel Books , 1996 Z89235 1996 single work criticism
Patrick White's Study 1991 single work biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Review , October no. 36 1991; (p. 9)
Love or Hate Him, White Will Come Back into Fashion A. P. Riemer , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2 October 1990; (p. 11)
The First of the Great Australian Novelists Peter Craven , 1990 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 7 October 1990; (p. 7-8)
Patrick White's Style - Again [from Vision and Style in Patrick White : A Study of Five Novels] Rodney Stenning Edgecombe , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , November vol. 1 no. 2 1987; (p. 83-87)
Patrick White and Literary Criticism Veronica Brady , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 133 1991; (p. 7-9)
Libraries Buy White Papers William Fraser , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20 July 1991; (p. 7)
Fetishizing the Father : David Tacey on Patrick White Joan Kirkby , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meridian , May vol. 10 no. 1 1991; (p. 35-44)
Rare White Manuscript Preserved for the Nation Ron Banks , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The West Australian , 24 July 1991; (p. 49)
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