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Issue Details: First known date: 1938 1938
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'House of All Nations is Christina Stead's 1938 gripping portrayal of financial world success. Set in an exclusive European bank in the heady days of the early thirties, Stead weaves a remarkable tale of greedy, devious and shady characters, all brought together by their love of money. The director of the bank, Jules Bertillon, leads these gamblers, crooks and prospectors on a treacherous journey navigating political and natural disasters, and using both to his advantage.

'House of All Nations has never been more relevant, as Stead's remarkable work speaks loudly about the modern markets. ' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Published simultaneously in New York and London, but printed in the USA. Davies purchased sheets from Simon and Schuster.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Peter Davies , 1938 .
      Extent: 795p.
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Simon and Schuster , 1938 .
      Alternative title: House of all Nations : a novel
      Extent: viii, 795p.
      Note/s:
      • Copyright date.
      • Second printing.
      • Epigraph: No man ever made enough money - Jules Bertillon
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1974 .
      Extent: viii, 787p.p.
      Edition info: Reprint from Holt, Rinehart and Winston edition.
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Avon Books , 1974 .
      Extent: 768p.
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Bard , 1974 .
      Extent: 768p.
    • North Ryde, Ryde - Gladesville - Hunters Hill area, Northwest Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Sirius Books , 1988 .
      4742826537800675428.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: viii, 787p.p.
      Edition info: Reprint from Holt, Rinehart and Winston edition.
      ISBN: 0207160287
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Faber , 2011 .
      127681266074554645.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 808p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 2 May 2011
      ISBN: 9780571272808
    • Carlton, Parkville - Carlton area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Melbourne University Press , 2013 .
      3808574953850170599.jpg
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 856p.
      Note/s:
      • Available as an e.book.
      • Published 1 April 2013
      ISBN: 9780522862522 (eBook), 9780522862003

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”. ...'
'Money Is a Steal' : Christina Stead’s Critique of Finance Capitalism in House of All Nations Michael Ackland , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia , vol. 7 no. 1 2016;

'Stead composed House of All Nations (1938) at a time of unprecedented economic and political crisis in the West, and the urgency of this situation is reflected in the speed and scope of this composition, and in the major target of her satire: finance capitalism. Her depiction of this Marxist concept, as well as specific allusions to the master's writings, are examined in detail to demonstrate her ideological position and putative aims.' (Publication abstract)

Christina Stead : Her Luck Ann-Marie Priest , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 72 no. 3 2013; (p. 66-78)
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)
‘A Skyrocket Waiting to Be Let Off’, but to Where? Christina Stead’s First Impressions of the United States and Her Postwar Literary Rehabilitation Michael Ackland , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Across the Pacific : Australia-United States Intellectual Histories 2010; (p. 225-239)
'This paper focuses on Stead's journal and manuscripts comments on Boston and Manhattan in the mid-1930s, on their ideological implications, and on the insights they provide into her imaginative projection and exploration of 'America' in her fiction.' (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)

'Hedging on Destiny' : History and Its Marxist Dimensions in the Early Fiction of Christina Stead Michael Ackland , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ariel , January vol. 41 no. 1 2010; (p. 91-109)
World Literature, Stalinism, and the Nation Simon During , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Exit Capitalism : Literary Culture, Theory and Post-Secular Modernity 2010; (p. 57-94)
Modeled on Blake : Christina Stead's Communist Affiliation and Her Problematic Fellow-Travellers Michael Ackland , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Bernard Hickey, a Roving Cultural Ambassador : Essays in His Memory. 2009; (p. 17-31)

'Christina Stead's relationship with the Communist Party is still the subject of considerable debate. According to her most authoritative biographer, Stead's creative passions were kindled by personalities, not politics, and she had no desire to join the party. Her 'commitment', Hazel Rowley asserts, 'was to her writing, not politics' (Rowley, 1993: 254), as if the two were distinct and separate spheres; and certainly there are lengthy complaints in Stead's letters about party-hacks and their blinkered actions.' (p 17)

Paris and Beyond : The Transnational/National in the Writing of Christina Stead and Eleanor Dark Susan Carson , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transnational Ties : Australian Lives in the World 2009; (p. 229-244)
Susan Carson examines ways in which the Christina Stead and Eleanor Dark conceptualised transnational experiences in their fiction and negotiated the complexities of their own relationships with 'home'.
The Forum : On Christina Stead and Our Financial Crisis Michael Ackland , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25-26 October 2008; (p. 2)
'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)
'Those Boys Told Me Everything' : The Politics of the Secretary of Christina Stead's 1930s Fiction Brigid Rooney , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 17 no. 1 2003; (p. 29-35)

Rooney examines how 'Stead's fiction intricately negotiates her encounters with these [the banking and Popular Front politics worlds] divergent "phallocracies" through the multivalent and liminal figure of the secretary.' Rooney notes that while 'Stead's narrative use of the male political secretary safeguards her identity as a socially accepatable women' it also provides 'a context for discerning the nature of her contribution to 1930s debates about capitalism, communism and revolution.'

A Stuffed Carp: Christina Stead's Analysis of Financiers at Dinner Robin Dizard , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 63 no. 3 2003; (p. 99-109)
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.
Representing the 1930s : Capitalism, Phallocracy, and the Politics of the Popular Front in 'House of All Nations' Louise Yelin , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Magic Phrase : Critical Essays on Christina Stead 2000; (p. 71-88, notes 268-272)
Stead Made Me Do It Michael Upchurch , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: American Scholar , Winter vol. 68 no. 1 1999; (p. 130-135)
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,)
Christina Stead: The Battleground of Life : September 1937 - September 1939 Hazel Rowley , 1993 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Scripsi , April vol. 8 no. 3 1993; (p. 16-52)
Re-Reading Christina Stead Susan Sheridan , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 53 no. 4 1993; (p. 42-46)
Untitled 1938 single work review
— Appears in: The North Queensland Register , 31 December 1938; (p. 58)

— Review of House of All Nations Christina Stead 1938 single work novel
Christina Stead's New Novel 1938 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 17 August vol. 59 no. 3053 1938; (p. 2,8)

— Review of House of All Nations Christina Stead 1938 single work novel
Untitled 1938 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Sun , 14 August 1938;

— Review of House of All Nations Christina Stead 1938 single work novel
Money Mania 1938 single work review
— Appears in: Time , 13 June 1938;

— Review of House of All Nations Christina Stead 1938 single work novel
A Small Hotel Superior to International House Caroline Egerton , 1974 single work review
— Appears in: Nation Review , 18-24 October 1974; (p. 20)

— Review of House of All Nations Christina Stead 1938 single work novel
Australia's Literary Gulliver Thelma Forshaw , 1974 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 7 September 1974; (p. 39)

— Review of House of All Nations Christina Stead 1938 single work novel ; The Salzburg Tales Christina Stead 1934 selected work short story ; The Little Hotel : A Novel Christina Stead 1973 single work novel
Bleak Houses Elaine Feinstein , 1974 single work review
— Appears in: New Statesman , 14 June 1974; (p. 74,856)

— Review of House of All Nations Christina Stead 1938 single work novel
Christina Stead Kylie Tennant , 1974 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24 August 1974; (p. 16)

— Review of House of All Nations Christina Stead 1938 single work novel ; The Salzburg Tales Christina Stead 1934 selected work short story
Stead Made Me Do It Michael Upchurch , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: American Scholar , Winter vol. 68 no. 1 1999; (p. 130-135)
'Those Boys Told Me Everything' : The Politics of the Secretary of Christina Stead's 1930s Fiction Brigid Rooney , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 17 no. 1 2003; (p. 29-35)

Rooney examines how 'Stead's fiction intricately negotiates her encounters with these [the banking and Popular Front politics worlds] divergent "phallocracies" through the multivalent and liminal figure of the secretary.' Rooney notes that while 'Stead's narrative use of the male political secretary safeguards her identity as a socially accepatable women' it also provides 'a context for discerning the nature of her contribution to 1930s debates about capitalism, communism and revolution.'

A Stuffed Carp: Christina Stead's Analysis of Financiers at Dinner Robin Dizard , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 63 no. 3 2003; (p. 99-109)
The Forum : On Christina Stead and Our Financial Crisis Michael Ackland , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25-26 October 2008; (p. 2)
'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)
Modeled on Blake : Christina Stead's Communist Affiliation and Her Problematic Fellow-Travellers Michael Ackland , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Bernard Hickey, a Roving Cultural Ambassador : Essays in His Memory. 2009; (p. 17-31)

'Christina Stead's relationship with the Communist Party is still the subject of considerable debate. According to her most authoritative biographer, Stead's creative passions were kindled by personalities, not politics, and she had no desire to join the party. Her 'commitment', Hazel Rowley asserts, 'was to her writing, not politics' (Rowley, 1993: 254), as if the two were distinct and separate spheres; and certainly there are lengthy complaints in Stead's letters about party-hacks and their blinkered actions.' (p 17)

‘A Skyrocket Waiting to Be Let Off’, but to Where? Christina Stead’s First Impressions of the United States and Her Postwar Literary Rehabilitation Michael Ackland , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Across the Pacific : Australia-United States Intellectual Histories 2010; (p. 225-239)
'This paper focuses on Stead's journal and manuscripts comments on Boston and Manhattan in the mid-1930s, on their ideological implications, and on the insights they provide into her imaginative projection and exploration of 'America' in her fiction.' (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)

Paris and Beyond : The Transnational/National in the Writing of Christina Stead and Eleanor Dark Susan Carson , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transnational Ties : Australian Lives in the World 2009; (p. 229-244)
Susan Carson examines ways in which the Christina Stead and Eleanor Dark conceptualised transnational experiences in their fiction and negotiated the complexities of their own relationships with 'home'.
'Hedging on Destiny' : History and Its Marxist Dimensions in the Early Fiction of Christina Stead Michael Ackland , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ariel , January vol. 41 no. 1 2010; (p. 91-109)
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)
World Literature, Stalinism, and the Nation Simon During , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Exit Capitalism : Literary Culture, Theory and Post-Secular Modernity 2010; (p. 57-94)
Christina Stead in Southerly Margaret Harris , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , September vol. 49 no. 3 1989; (p. 514-528)
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,)
Christina Stead: The Battleground of Life : September 1937 - September 1939 Hazel Rowley , 1993 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Scripsi , April vol. 8 no. 3 1993; (p. 16-52)
Character and Ideology in Christina Stead's `House of All Nations' Bruce Holmes , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , September vol. 45 no. 3 1985; (p. 266-279)
Re-Reading Christina Stead Susan Sheridan , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 53 no. 4 1993; (p. 42-46)
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
From the Personal Papers of Christina Steed [sic]: Extracts and Commentaries R. G. Geering , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 50 no. 4 1990; (p. 399-425) Southerly , March vol. 51 no. 1 1991; (p. 5-17)
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