y The Beauties and Furies single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 1936 1936
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"Chiefly, the story is concerned with some of the passengers [on a train to Dieppe]: Elvira, a wasted beauty, who has fled from married life in England; Olivier, her student lover, with whom she comes to live in Paris; Marpurgo, a middle-aged lace buyer, who, at once grim and comic, is the friend and enemy of all; and finally, there is Coromandel, a young French girl, inspired and unique." (Dust jacket, US edition)

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      England,
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      Peter Davies , 1936 .
      Extent: 383p.
    • 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 , 1936 .
      Extent: 374p.
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Virago , 1982 .
      Extent: 383p.
      Edition info: Reprinted from English first edition.
      Note/s:
      • Introduced by Hilary Bailey
      ISBN: 0860681750
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing Company , 2016 .
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      This image has been sourced from Text Publishing website
      Extent: 512p.
      Note/s:
      • forthcoming 3 October 2016

        First published 1936

      ISBN: 9781925410136, 9781925355703 (pbk)

Works about this Work

Guide to the Classics : Christina Stead’s The Beauties and Furies Margaret Harris , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 26 September 2016;
'From the beginning Christina Stead’s fiction divided critical opinion, and reactions to The Beauties and Furies, her second novel, were no exception. Where some saw “garrulous pretentiousness”, Clifton Fadiman in the New Yorker found “such streaming imagination, such tireless wit, such intellectual virtuosity” that Stead must be recognised as “the most extraordinary woman novelist produced by the English-speaking race since Virginia Woolf”. ...'
Dreaming of the Middle Ages : The Place of 'mitterlalterlich' and Socialist Awareness in Christina Stead's Early Fiction Michael Ackland , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October - November vol. 26 no. 3-4 2011; (p. 54-68)
'All That Glitters': Illusory Worlds in Christina Stead's 'The Beauties and Furies' (1936) and 'House of All Nations' (1938) Rosemary Lancaster , 2008 single work biography
— Appears in: Je Suis Australienne: Remarkable Women in France, 1880-1945 2008; (p. 124-150)
y Christina Stead : Satirist Anne Pender , Altona : Common Ground Publishing , 2002 Z960254 2002 single work criticism Reviews Stead's novels as inheritors of the tradition of Roman satire, arguing that Stead's satirical fiction presents a contemporary view of her own historical period from 1930 until the Cold War. Drawing on Stead's notes, diaries and manuscripts, Pender examines several of Stead's novels and her English short stories and puts forward an argument about the centrality of satire to Stead's discourse about culture and history. She also draws attention to the intellectual rigour and encyclopaedic breadth and vision evident in Stead's fiction and demonstrates Stead's significant contribution to the radical novel in the twentieth century.
'Monster of Indecision': Abortion , Choice and Commodity Culture in Christina Stead's The Beauties and Furies Nicole Moore , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 61 no. 2 2001; (p. 142-157)
y The Enigmatic Christina Stead : A Provocative Re-Reading Teresa Petersen , Carlton South : Melbourne University Press , 2001 Z795705 2001 single work criticism
y Christina Stead's Politics of Place Ann Blake , Nedlands : UWA Publishing , 1999 Z503428 1999 single work criticism biography
Christina Stead : Selected Fiction and Nonfiction : Introduction R. G. Geering , Anita Kristina Segerberg , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Christina Stead : Selected Fiction and Nonfiction 1994; (p. xi-xxv ia,)
y Christina Stead : A Biography Hazel Rowley , Port Melbourne : Heinemann , 1993 Z202981 1993 single work biography
Love Stories Robin Dizard , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: From Commonwealth to Post-Colonial 1992; (p. 399-406)
y Reality and the Shadow: The Adventure of Identity in Twentieth-Century Australian Women's Fiction Nancy Lee Jones , 1989 Z203224 1989 single work thesis
y Lives of Obscure Women: Polyphonic Structures and the Presentation of Women in the Fiction of Christina Stead Diana Lynn Allen , 1989 Z180006 1989 single work thesis
Christina Stead : The Voyage to Cythera Hazel Rowley , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Span , April no. 26 1988; (p. 33-45)
Discusses the motif of the wanderer or Nietzschean 'free spirit' in three of Stead's early novels where the image of the island of Cythera is invoked as the 'metaphoric goal of the quest'. Connects Stead's themes with similar preoccupations in the works of Brennan and Slessor.
Getting Started : The Emergence of Christina Stead's Early Fiction Anita Kristina Segerberg , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 13 no. 2 1987; (p. 121-138)
y Christina Stead Diana Brydon , London : Macmillan , 1987 Z362294 1987 single work criticism
The Beauties and Furies Jennifer Gribble , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , September vol. 47 no. 3 1987; (p. 324-337)
Untitled Helen Thomson , 1983 single work review
— Appears in: The CRNLE Reviews Journal , July no. 1 1983; (p. 66-69)

— Review of The Beauties and Furies Christina Stead 1936 single work novel
Fretworks Helen Thompson , 1983 single work review
— Appears in: The CRNLE Reviews Journal , July no. 1 1983; (p. 66-69)

— Review of The Beauties and Furies Christina Stead 1936 single work novel ; Honour, and, Other People's Children : Two Stories Helen Garner 1980 selected work novella
Unhappy Families - Angela Carter on the Scope of Christina Stead's Achievement Angela Carter , 1982 single work review
— Appears in: London Review of Books , 16 September vol. 4 no. 17 1982; (p. 11-13) The Magic Phrase : Critical Essays on Christina Stead 2000; (p. 251-292, notes 284)

— Review of The Beauties and Furies Christina Stead 1936 single work novel
Christina Stead M. Barnard Eldershaw , 1938 single work criticism
— Appears in: Essays in Australian Fiction 1938; (p. 158-181) M. Barnard Eldershaw : Plaque with Laurel, Essays, Reviews and Correspondence 1995; (p. 233-237) The Magic Phrase : Critical Essays on Christina Stead 2000; (p. 23-38, notes 267)
Fretworks Helen Thompson , 1983 single work review
— Appears in: The CRNLE Reviews Journal , July no. 1 1983; (p. 66-69)

— Review of The Beauties and Furies Christina Stead 1936 single work novel ; Honour, and, Other People's Children : Two Stories Helen Garner 1980 selected work novella
Amongst English Reviewers: Australian Novelists 1936 single work review
— Appears in: All About Books , 12 August vol. 8 no. 8 1936; (p. 128-129)

— Review of The Beauties and Furies Christina Stead 1936 single work novel ; Earth's Quality Winifred Birkett 1935 single work novel ; Saturdee Norman Lindsay 1933 single work novel ; Under the Pepper Trees : A South Australian Anthology of Children's Poetry and Prose 1987 anthology poetry children's fiction
Reprints of reviews attributed to T.L.S., The Observer and John o' Londons.
Australian Literary Society [Meeting Report] F. G. G. Hynes , 1936 single work review
— Appears in: All About Books , 12 November vol. 8 no. 11 1936; (p. 183)

— Review of The Little Wench Philip Lindsay 1935 single work novel ; The Beauties and Furies Christina Stead 1936 single work novel ; The Dark Thread Capel Boake 1936 single work novel

Report of the October meeting includes three books reviews and a tribute to Davidson.

It was noted that the economic textbook Money by Mills and Walker had recently become the first Australian textbook to be used in an English University (Cambridge).

Unhappy Families - Angela Carter on the Scope of Christina Stead's Achievement Angela Carter , 1982 single work review
— Appears in: London Review of Books , 16 September vol. 4 no. 17 1982; (p. 11-13) The Magic Phrase : Critical Essays on Christina Stead 2000; (p. 251-292, notes 284)

— Review of The Beauties and Furies Christina Stead 1936 single work novel
A Satchel of Books F. D. D. , 1936 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 7 October vol. 57 no. 2956 1936; (p. 4)

— Review of The Beauties and Furies Christina Stead 1936 single work novel
Men, Women, and Paris Peter Davis , 1936 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22 May 1936; (p. 4)

— Review of The Beauties and Furies Christina Stead 1936 single work novel
Untitled Helen Thomson , 1983 single work review
— Appears in: The CRNLE Reviews Journal , July no. 1 1983; (p. 66-69)

— Review of The Beauties and Furies Christina Stead 1936 single work novel
Love Stories Robin Dizard , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: From Commonwealth to Post-Colonial 1992; (p. 399-406)
The Beauties and Furies Jennifer Gribble , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , September vol. 47 no. 3 1987; (p. 324-337)
'All That Glitters': Illusory Worlds in Christina Stead's 'The Beauties and Furies' (1936) and 'House of All Nations' (1938) Rosemary Lancaster , 2008 single work biography
— Appears in: Je Suis Australienne: Remarkable Women in France, 1880-1945 2008; (p. 124-150)
Dreaming of the Middle Ages : The Place of 'mitterlalterlich' and Socialist Awareness in Christina Stead's Early Fiction Michael Ackland , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October - November vol. 26 no. 3-4 2011; (p. 54-68)
Christina Stead M. Barnard Eldershaw , 1938 single work criticism
— Appears in: Essays in Australian Fiction 1938; (p. 158-181) M. Barnard Eldershaw : Plaque with Laurel, Essays, Reviews and Correspondence 1995; (p. 233-237) The Magic Phrase : Critical Essays on Christina Stead 2000; (p. 23-38, notes 267)
Christina Stead : Selected Fiction and Nonfiction : Introduction R. G. Geering , Anita Kristina Segerberg , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Christina Stead : Selected Fiction and Nonfiction 1994; (p. xi-xxv ia,)
y Lives of Obscure Women: Polyphonic Structures and the Presentation of Women in the Fiction of Christina Stead Diana Lynn Allen , 1989 Z180006 1989 single work thesis
y Christina Stead : A Biography Hazel Rowley , Port Melbourne : Heinemann , 1993 Z202981 1993 single work biography
y Reality and the Shadow: The Adventure of Identity in Twentieth-Century Australian Women's Fiction Nancy Lee Jones , 1989 Z203224 1989 single work thesis
y Christina Stead Diana Brydon , London : Macmillan , 1987 Z362294 1987 single work criticism
y Christina Stead's Politics of Place Ann Blake , Nedlands : UWA Publishing , 1999 Z503428 1999 single work criticism biography
y The Enigmatic Christina Stead : A Provocative Re-Reading Teresa Petersen , Carlton South : Melbourne University Press , 2001 Z795705 2001 single work criticism
Christina Stead : The Voyage to Cythera Hazel Rowley , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Span , April no. 26 1988; (p. 33-45)
Discusses the motif of the wanderer or Nietzschean 'free spirit' in three of Stead's early novels where the image of the island of Cythera is invoked as the 'metaphoric goal of the quest'. Connects Stead's themes with similar preoccupations in the works of Brennan and Slessor.
'Monster of Indecision': Abortion , Choice and Commodity Culture in Christina Stead's The Beauties and Furies Nicole Moore , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 61 no. 2 2001; (p. 142-157)
y Christina Stead : Satirist Anne Pender , Altona : Common Ground Publishing , 2002 Z960254 2002 single work criticism Reviews Stead's novels as inheritors of the tradition of Roman satire, arguing that Stead's satirical fiction presents a contemporary view of her own historical period from 1930 until the Cold War. Drawing on Stead's notes, diaries and manuscripts, Pender examines several of Stead's novels and her English short stories and puts forward an argument about the centrality of satire to Stead's discourse about culture and history. She also draws attention to the intellectual rigour and encyclopaedic breadth and vision evident in Stead's fiction and demonstrates Stead's significant contribution to the radical novel in the twentieth century.
Getting Started : The Emergence of Christina Stead's Early Fiction Anita Kristina Segerberg , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 13 no. 2 1987; (p. 121-138)
Guide to the Classics : Christina Stead’s The Beauties and Furies Margaret Harris , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 26 September 2016;
'From the beginning Christina Stead’s fiction divided critical opinion, and reactions to The Beauties and Furies, her second novel, were no exception. Where some saw “garrulous pretentiousness”, Clifton Fadiman in the New Yorker found “such streaming imagination, such tireless wit, such intellectual virtuosity” that Stead must be recognised as “the most extraordinary woman novelist produced by the English-speaking race since Virginia Woolf”. ...'
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