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First known date: 1948 Issue Details: First known date: 1948 1948
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'Living on the seamier side of New York in 1941, Robert Grant is a middle-aged man to whom life is a game in which he makes his own rules. This is no more evident than in the pursuit of his only hobby: the search for, seduction and betrayal of women. His targets are always 'easy', the cheaper the better. He is constantly on the lookout for a new face, a new phone number, 'a little tea, a little chat'. While Grant gets a certain thrill from his intrigues, he receives little pleasure - and gives none, until he meets Barbara, the 'blondine', a large, goodlooking but sluttish woman of thirty-two. In Barbara, he meets his match. First published in 1948, "A Little Tea, A Little Chat" provides an irresistible, sardonic commentary on men and women on the make whose sexual appetites wickedly mirror the materialism of twentieth-century America.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Dedication: To my friends Aida and Max Kotlarsky.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2016 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Introduction, David Malouf , 1948 single work criticism

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    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Harcourt Brace , 1948 .
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      • Copyright date.
    • 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 , 1981 .
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      Extent: 394p.
      Edition info: Reprinted from American first edition.
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      • Introduced by Hilary Bailey
      ISBN: 0860681769
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Virago , 1981 .
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      Extent: 394p.
      Note/s:
      • With a new introduction by Hilary Bailey

        Published August 17th 1981

      ISBN: 9780860681762
Alternative title: Tout ce que je veux c'est une femme
Language: French
    • Arles,
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      France,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      B. Coutaz , 1990 .
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      Extent: 502p.
      ISBN: 2877120317

Works about this Work

Fixated on Women and Wealth David Malouf , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 1-2 October 2016; (p. 19)
'Reality is Monstrous' : Christina Stead's Critique of the Triumphant West in The Puzzleheaded Girl Michael Ackland , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 27 no. 1 2013; (p. 11-17)
Ackland talks about the publishing decline of Christina Stead's career due to her worsening political and economic situation. Midway through the 1960s, Stead's career was perilously poised. For more than a decade nothing new had appeared from her pen. This was a striking hiatus for a writer who previously had been producing novels at a rate of one every two or three year. Here, Ackland attempts first to establish Stead's political position and opinion of the post-war consensus that had emerged in the US before endeavouring to trace the impact of these attitudes on her depictions of contemporary society in The Puzzleheaded Girl.' (Editor's abstract)
Christina Stead : Her Luck Ann-Marie Priest , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 72 no. 3 2013; (p. 66-78)
'I am Thinking I am Free' : Intransigent Reality Versus Utopian Thought in the Later Fiction of Christina Stead Michael Ackland , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 72 no. 1 2012; (p. 159-180)
At the midpoint of Christina Stead's first novel, Seven Poor Men of Sydney (1934), Baruch urges Catherine to "go abroad, if you can... Get a real cause to fight about" (150). In this and subsequent exchanges Baruch emphasizes the need to go beyond symbolic or grandiloquent gestures, to know for instance the actual role of the Kuomintang in China, not merely to pin on its badge, or to side with armed forces, and not just the Salvation Army to scandalize friends (150). The advice was timely for youth struggling to choose between rival ideologies, programs and panacea, in a century which, with hindsight, appears "littered with Utopian schemes" (Hughes 164). At its outset labour and suffragette movements campaigned for greater rights for depressed social groups, while technological advances raised the prospect of a future in which disease and poverty might be banished, fulfilling work and leisure realizable. Then came the successful October Revolution in 1917, which gave Communism a permanent homeland, in which alternatives to democracy and capitalism could be explored. Also the brutal, dehumanizing experience of the Great War led to calls for radical renewal and social reform, for a reshaping of the inner man and his physical environment. During the inter-war years Europe and America witnessed a host of utopian ventures in the cultural and political spheres, from mass-produced furniture and fixtures, to cities of the future like Le Corbusier's "ville radieuse" or Vladimir Tatlin's designs intended to embody Soviet dynamism and dialectical processes, from popularist political movements, such as Upton Sinclair's crusade to end poverty in California and Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, to the totalitarian super-states of Hitler and Stalin. Stead was swept up and buffeted by these historical currents, considered rival nostrums, and left a crucial but neglected commentary on many of the great utopian projects of her time, which underpinned her verdict on the contemporary plight of women.' (Author's abstract)
The ‘American Dilemma’: Christina Stead’s Cold War Anatomy Fiona Morrison , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Across the Pacific : Australia-United States Intellectual Histories 2010; (p. 241-253)

'After a year in New York in 1935-1936, Christina Stead commented that "the whole spirit of New York is opposed to the creative mind". Yet America and Americans became the matter of five of her subsequent novels. After a leftwing Australian background and a number of years in socialist milieus in London and Paris, Stead was an intriguing reader of 1940s America. In her late American work, I'm Dying Laughing (begun 1949, published 1986), Stead became that most precarious of things - a leftwing critic of the Left during the early Cold War. Desire for success and the accompanying fear of failure are thematised by Stead as "the American dilemma" - the contradictory relationship between collective action and individual survival at the heart of American national identity that she saw as no less forceful and tragic for many on the Left.' (Author's abstract)

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.
"A Little Tea, a Little Chat": Decadent Pleasures and the Pleasure of Decadence Virginia Blain , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Magic Phrase : Critical Essays on Christina Stead 2000; (p. 191-205, notes 278-279)
Christina Stead's Satire and the Public Sphere Anne Pender , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literature and the Public Sphere : Refereed Proceedings of the 1998 [ASAL] Conference 1999; (p. 124-131)
Delirious Monologues: Christina Stead's "Egotistical Monsters" Maria Sloggett , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Current Tensions : Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference : 6 - 11 July 1996 1996; (p. 121-128)
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,)
Re-Reading Christina Stead Susan Sheridan , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 53 no. 4 1993; (p. 42-46)
"A Little Tea, a Little Chat": Decadent Pleasures and the Pleasure of Decadence Virginia Blain , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 53 no. 4 1993; (p. 20-35)
y Christina Stead : A Biography Hazel Rowley , Port Melbourne : Heinemann , 1993 Z202981 1993 single work biography
The Woman Who Loved Men: Christina Stead as Satirist in "A Little Tea, A Little Chat" and "The People with the Dogs" Susan Sheridan , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: World Literature Written in English , Spring vol. 32 no. 1 1992; (p. 2-12)
Learning to Recognize Wicked People: Christina Stead's "A Little Tea, A Little Chat" Elizabeth Perkins , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: World Literature Written in English , Spring vol. 32 no. 1 1992; (p. 13-25)
Christina Stead's Human Comedy: The American Sequence Margaret Harris , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: World Literature Written in English , Spring vol. 32 no. 1 1992; (p. 42-51)
Stead for Real (from Christina Stead: Decadent Pleasure and the Pleasures of Decadence) Virginia Blain , 1992 extract
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June no. 141 1992; (p. 25-26)
y Christina Stead: The American Years Anita Kristina Segerberg , 1990 Z67027 1990 single work thesis
Calling a Spade a Muck Dig: Discourse and Gender in Some Novels by Christina Stead Wendy Woodward , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crisis and Creativity in the New Literatures in English 1990; (p. 249-264)
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
Untitled A. Duchene , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 25 September 1981; (p. 1110)

— Review of A Little Tea, a Little Chat Christina Stead 1948 single work novel ; The People with the Dogs Christina Stead 1952 single work novel
Untitled B. Greenwell , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: New Statesman , 21 August 1981; (p. 21)

— Review of A Little Tea, a Little Chat Christina Stead 1948 single work novel ; The People with the Dogs Christina Stead 1952 single work novel
The Scintillating Stead David Malouf , 1982 single work review
— Appears in: The Age Monthly Review , vol. 2 no. 5 1982; (p. 11-12)

— Review of A Little Tea, a Little Chat Christina Stead 1948 single work novel ; Letty Fox, Her Luck Christina Stead 1946 single work novel ; The People with the Dogs Christina Stead 1952 single work novel
The ‘American Dilemma’: Christina Stead’s Cold War Anatomy Fiona Morrison , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Across the Pacific : Australia-United States Intellectual Histories 2010; (p. 241-253)

'After a year in New York in 1935-1936, Christina Stead commented that "the whole spirit of New York is opposed to the creative mind". Yet America and Americans became the matter of five of her subsequent novels. After a leftwing Australian background and a number of years in socialist milieus in London and Paris, Stead was an intriguing reader of 1940s America. In her late American work, I'm Dying Laughing (begun 1949, published 1986), Stead became that most precarious of things - a leftwing critic of the Left during the early Cold War. Desire for success and the accompanying fear of failure are thematised by Stead as "the American dilemma" - the contradictory relationship between collective action and individual survival at the heart of American national identity that she saw as no less forceful and tragic for many on the Left.' (Author's abstract)

'I am Thinking I am Free' : Intransigent Reality Versus Utopian Thought in the Later Fiction of Christina Stead Michael Ackland , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 72 no. 1 2012; (p. 159-180)
At the midpoint of Christina Stead's first novel, Seven Poor Men of Sydney (1934), Baruch urges Catherine to "go abroad, if you can... Get a real cause to fight about" (150). In this and subsequent exchanges Baruch emphasizes the need to go beyond symbolic or grandiloquent gestures, to know for instance the actual role of the Kuomintang in China, not merely to pin on its badge, or to side with armed forces, and not just the Salvation Army to scandalize friends (150). The advice was timely for youth struggling to choose between rival ideologies, programs and panacea, in a century which, with hindsight, appears "littered with Utopian schemes" (Hughes 164). At its outset labour and suffragette movements campaigned for greater rights for depressed social groups, while technological advances raised the prospect of a future in which disease and poverty might be banished, fulfilling work and leisure realizable. Then came the successful October Revolution in 1917, which gave Communism a permanent homeland, in which alternatives to democracy and capitalism could be explored. Also the brutal, dehumanizing experience of the Great War led to calls for radical renewal and social reform, for a reshaping of the inner man and his physical environment. During the inter-war years Europe and America witnessed a host of utopian ventures in the cultural and political spheres, from mass-produced furniture and fixtures, to cities of the future like Le Corbusier's "ville radieuse" or Vladimir Tatlin's designs intended to embody Soviet dynamism and dialectical processes, from popularist political movements, such as Upton Sinclair's crusade to end poverty in California and Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, to the totalitarian super-states of Hitler and Stalin. Stead was swept up and buffeted by these historical currents, considered rival nostrums, and left a crucial but neglected commentary on many of the great utopian projects of her time, which underpinned her verdict on the contemporary plight of women.' (Author's abstract)
y Christina Stead: The American Years Anita Kristina Segerberg , 1990 Z67027 1990 single work thesis
The Woman Who Loved Men: Christina Stead as Satirist in "A Little Tea, A Little Chat" and "The People with the Dogs" Susan Sheridan , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: World Literature Written in English , Spring vol. 32 no. 1 1992; (p. 2-12)
Learning to Recognize Wicked People: Christina Stead's "A Little Tea, A Little Chat" Elizabeth Perkins , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: World Literature Written in English , Spring vol. 32 no. 1 1992; (p. 13-25)
Christina Stead's Human Comedy: The American Sequence Margaret Harris , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: World Literature Written in English , Spring vol. 32 no. 1 1992; (p. 42-51)
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,)
Re-Reading Christina Stead Susan Sheridan , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 53 no. 4 1993; (p. 42-46)
"A Little Tea, a Little Chat": Decadent Pleasures and the Pleasure of Decadence Virginia Blain , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 53 no. 4 1993; (p. 20-35)
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
Delirious Monologues: Christina Stead's "Egotistical Monsters" Maria Sloggett , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Current Tensions : Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference : 6 - 11 July 1996 1996; (p. 121-128)
Stead for Real (from Christina Stead: Decadent Pleasure and the Pleasures of Decadence) Virginia Blain , 1992 extract
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June no. 141 1992; (p. 25-26)
Calling a Spade a Muck Dig: Discourse and Gender in Some Novels by Christina Stead Wendy Woodward , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crisis and Creativity in the New Literatures in English 1990; (p. 249-264)
y Christina Stead Diana Brydon , London : Macmillan , 1987 Z362294 1987 single work criticism
The Economy of Love: Christina Stead's Women Laurie Clancy , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: Who Is She? 1983; (p. 136-149)
"A Little Tea, a Little Chat": Decadent Pleasures and the Pleasure of Decadence Virginia Blain , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Magic Phrase : Critical Essays on Christina Stead 2000; (p. 191-205, notes 278-279)
Christina Stead's Satire and the Public Sphere Anne Pender , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literature and the Public Sphere : Refereed Proceedings of the 1998 [ASAL] Conference 1999; (p. 124-131)
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.
'Reality is Monstrous' : Christina Stead's Critique of the Triumphant West in The Puzzleheaded Girl Michael Ackland , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 27 no. 1 2013; (p. 11-17)
Ackland talks about the publishing decline of Christina Stead's career due to her worsening political and economic situation. Midway through the 1960s, Stead's career was perilously poised. For more than a decade nothing new had appeared from her pen. This was a striking hiatus for a writer who previously had been producing novels at a rate of one every two or three year. Here, Ackland attempts first to establish Stead's political position and opinion of the post-war consensus that had emerged in the US before endeavouring to trace the impact of these attitudes on her depictions of contemporary society in The Puzzleheaded Girl.' (Editor's abstract)
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