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Issue Details: First known date: 1976 1976
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'Eleanor Herbert Brent is a beautiful woman - tall, blond and athletic. Sexuality forms her personality and as a young English graduate on the loose in London, she savours the capacity to excite - and sleep with - every man she meets. At the same time she is deeply conventional, believing in respectability, in the desire to be a wife and mother in the 'dear old-fashioned way'. But real love between a man and a woman - something which could transform her into the passionate woman she really is - Eleanor determinedly avoids. When she is thirty she marries and has children. However, her wholesome but unsatisfying suburban life collapses with the departure of her pompous prig of a husband. She survives to find some success on the fringes of literary life, new lovers, new friends, but never to know herself. Eleanor is a literary portrait on a magnificent scale, but she is more than that. Divided in herself and deeply self-deluded, Eleanor's life is a powerful metaphor for the England of the 1920s to the 1950s through which she lives.' (Publication summary)

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      Random House , 1976 .
      Extent: 308p.
      ISBN: 039440517X
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Virago , 1979 .
      Extent: 308p.
      Edition info: Reprinted from American first edition.
      ISBN: 0860681351
      Series: y Virago Modern Classics Virago (publisher), 1978- Z1498171 1978 series - publisher
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Harcourt Brace Jovanovich , 1981 .
      Extent: 308p.
      Edition info: Reprinted from American first edition.
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      • A Harvest/HBJ book
      ISBN: 015660762X (pbk.)
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Virago , 1982 .
      Extent: 308p.
      Edition info: Reprinted from American first edition.
      ISBN: 0860683192 (pbk.)
      Series: y Virago Modern Classics Virago (publisher), 1978- Z1498171 1978 series - publisher
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      Faber , 2011 .
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      Extent: 308p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 14 November 2011
      ISBN: 9780571270019 (pbk.)
Alternative title: Una Venus domestica
Language: Spanish

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Christina Stead : Her Luck Ann-Marie Priest , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 72 no. 3 2013; (p. 66-78)
'The Rest Flies Down the Wind' : Complexities of Late Style in the Work of Christina Stead Susan Carson , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 26 no. 2 2012; (p. 253-257)
Christina Stead's Last Book : The Novel and the Best-Seller Susan Sheridan , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 2 no. 2003; (p. 41-52)
Discusses the literary aspirations and successes of Christina Stead's protagonists and their relationship to Stead's own ambitions for I'm Dying Laughing.
Christina Stead: The Integrity of the Writer Ann Blake , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 63 no. 3 2003; (p. 53-62)
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.
Writers Behaving Badly : Stead, Bourdieu and Australian Literary Culture Brigid Rooney , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 20 no. 1 2001; (p. 76-87)

Uses Pierre Bourdieu's theories to explore unresolved contradictions in Christina Stead concerning her feminism, politics and reputation.

A "Very Backward Country" : Christina Stead and the English Class System Ann Blake , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: England through Colonial Eyes in Twentieth-Century Fiction 2001; (p. 104-115)
y Christina Stead's Politics of Place Ann Blake , Nedlands : UWA Publishing , 1999 Z503428 1999 single work criticism biography
A Reconsideration of Christina Stead at Work: Fact into Fiction Ann Blake , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 18 no. 1 1997; (p. 12-20)
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,)
Friends No More Sandra Hall , 1994 single work biography
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 10-11 September 1994; (p. 46-51)
The New Curiosity Shop: Marketing Genre and Femininity in Stead's "Miss Herbert (The Suburban Wife)" Kate Lilley , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 53 no. 4 1993; (p. 5-12)
Concealed Invitations: The Use of Metaphor in Some of Christina Stead's Narratives Wendy Woodward , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 53 no. 4 1993; (p. 80-95)
Christina Stead's English Short Stories Ann Blake , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 53 no. 4 1993; (p. 146-160)
y Christina Stead : A Biography Hazel Rowley , Port Melbourne : Heinemann , 1993 Z202981 1993 single work biography
Perennial 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 29-30 August 1992; (p. rev 6)

— Review of Miss Herbert (The Suburban Wife) Christina Stead 1976 single work novel
Christina Stead's "Miss Herbert (the Suburban Wife)" and the English Middle Class Ann Blake , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , vol. 26 no. 1 1991; (p. 49-64)
Feminist Readings : The Case of Christina Stead Susan Sheridan , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crossing Boundaries : Feminisms and the Critique of Knowledges 1988; (p. 81-91)
y Christina Stead Diana Brydon , London : Macmillan , 1987 Z362294 1987 single work criticism
Australian Woman Novelists of the 1970s: A Survey Margaret Smith , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Gender, Politics and Fiction : Twentieth Century Australian Women's Novels 1985; (p. 200-221)
Varieties of Courage Elizabeth Perkins , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 5 no. 2 1976; (p. 91-98)

— Review of Miss Herbert (The Suburban Wife) Christina Stead 1976 single work novel ; A Fringe of Leaves Patrick White 1976 single work novel
Untitled Evan S. Connell , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: Harper's Magazine , July 1976; (p. 76)

— Review of Miss Herbert (The Suburban Wife) Christina Stead 1976 single work novel
Untitled J. Yglesias , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 5-10 July 1976; (p. 19)

— Review of Miss Herbert (The Suburban Wife) Christina Stead 1976 single work novel
Untitled Thomas Shapcott , 1977 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 30 April 1977; (p. 28)

— Review of Miss Herbert (The Suburban Wife) Christina Stead 1976 single work novel
Untitled Diana Brydon , 1978 single work review
— Appears in: World Literature Written in English , April vol. 17 no. 1 1978; (p. 114-115)

— Review of Miss Herbert (The Suburban Wife) Christina Stead 1976 single work novel
Untitled Emma Fisher , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The Spectator , 17 November vol. 243 no. 7897 1979; (p. 27)

— Review of Miss Herbert (The Suburban Wife) Christina Stead 1976 single work novel
Untitled J. Naughton , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: Listener , 18 October 1979; (p. 533)

— Review of Miss Herbert (The Suburban Wife) Christina Stead 1976 single work novel
Untitled B. Atkinson , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: Nation Review , September 1980; (p. 79)

— Review of Miss Herbert (The Suburban Wife) Christina Stead 1976 single work novel
Untitled Katharine England , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 31 May 1980; (p. 20)

— Review of Miss Herbert (The Suburban Wife) Christina Stead 1976 single work novel
Untitled Nancy Keesing , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16 February 1980; (p. 18)

— Review of Miss Herbert (The Suburban Wife) Christina Stead 1976 single work novel
Untitled J. Langford , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 1-2 March 1980; (p. 16)

— Review of Miss Herbert (The Suburban Wife) Christina Stead 1976 single work novel
Untitled K. Thomas , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 1-2 March 1980; (p. 16)

— Review of Miss Herbert (The Suburban Wife) Christina Stead 1976 single work novel
Perennial 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 29-30 August 1992; (p. rev 6)

— Review of Miss Herbert (The Suburban Wife) Christina Stead 1976 single work novel
Christina Stead's Last Book : The Novel and the Best-Seller Susan Sheridan , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 2 no. 2003; (p. 41-52)
Discusses the literary aspirations and successes of Christina Stead's protagonists and their relationship to Stead's own ambitions for I'm Dying Laughing.
Christina Stead: The Integrity of the Writer Ann Blake , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 63 no. 3 2003; (p. 53-62)
Feminist Readings : The Case of Christina Stead Susan Sheridan , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crossing Boundaries : Feminisms and the Critique of Knowledges 1988; (p. 81-91)
'The Rest Flies Down the Wind' : Complexities of Late Style in the Work of Christina Stead Susan Carson , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 26 no. 2 2012; (p. 253-257)
Christina Stead's "Miss Herbert (the Suburban Wife)" and the English Middle Class Ann Blake , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , vol. 26 no. 1 1991; (p. 49-64)
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,)
Australian Woman Novelists of the 1970s: A Survey Margaret Smith , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Gender, Politics and Fiction : Twentieth Century Australian Women's Novels 1985; (p. 200-221)
The New Curiosity Shop: Marketing Genre and Femininity in Stead's "Miss Herbert (The Suburban Wife)" Kate Lilley , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 53 no. 4 1993; (p. 5-12)
Concealed Invitations: The Use of Metaphor in Some of Christina Stead's Narratives Wendy Woodward , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 53 no. 4 1993; (p. 80-95)
Christina Stead's English Short Stories Ann Blake , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 53 no. 4 1993; (p. 146-160)
y Christina Stead : A Biography Hazel Rowley , Port Melbourne : Heinemann , 1993 Z202981 1993 single work biography
Friends No More Sandra Hall , 1994 single work biography
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 10-11 September 1994; (p. 46-51)
y Christina Stead Diana Brydon , London : Macmillan , 1987 Z362294 1987 single work criticism
A Reconsideration of Christina Stead at Work: Fact into Fiction Ann Blake , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 18 no. 1 1997; (p. 12-20)
What is Normal? Two Recent Novels by Christina Stead R. G. Geering , 1978 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 38 no. 4 1978; (p. 462-472)
y Christina Stead's Politics of Place Ann Blake , Nedlands : UWA Publishing , 1999 Z503428 1999 single work criticism biography
Writers Behaving Badly : Stead, Bourdieu and Australian Literary Culture Brigid Rooney , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 20 no. 1 2001; (p. 76-87)

Uses Pierre Bourdieu's theories to explore unresolved contradictions in Christina Stead concerning her feminism, politics and reputation.

Energy and Originality in Some Characters of Christina Stead Elizabeth Perkins , 1980 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , August vol. 15 no. 1 1980; (p. 107-113)
A "Very Backward Country" : Christina Stead and the English Class System Ann Blake , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: England through Colonial Eyes in Twentieth-Century Fiction 2001; (p. 104-115)
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.
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