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y Dark Places of the Heart single work   novel  
Alternative title: Cotter's England
Issue Details: First known date: 1966 1966
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'Cotters' England follows the lives of Nellie Cook, sister Peggy Cotter and brother Tom. Set in post-war England, it is a study of politics and betrayal in Nellie's professional and personal life. It is a story of smothered aspirations and dashed hopes, as class politics trap the Cotters and stifle their attempts to break free from the boundaries of the working- and middle-classes.

'The book is also an exploration of love and sexuality. An undercurrent of incestuous flirtation and a lesbian affair add further strain to Nellie's relationships with family and friends, driving one of them to suicide. By the renowned author of The Man Who Loved Children, this is the first Stead work to be set wholly in England. It weaves a strange and compelling story that explores the limits of class, politics, lust and passion.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
      c
      England,
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      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Secker and Warburg , 1967 .
      Alternative title: Cotters' England
      Extent: 352p.
      Edition info: Reprinted from American first edition.
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1974 .
      Extent: 352p.
      Edition info: Reprinted from American first edition.
      Note/s:
      • Afterword by Terry Sturm
      ISBN: 0207131627
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Virago , 1980 .
      Extent: 352p.
      Edition info: Reprinted from American first edition.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Margaret Walters
      ISBN: 0860681289
      Series: y Virago Modern Classics Virago (publisher), 1978- Z1498171 1978 series - publisher Number in series: 37
    • North Ryde, Ryde - Gladesville - Hunters Hill area, Northwest Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Sirius Books , 1989 .
      Extent: 352p.
      ISBN: 0207161003

Works about this Work

Review : Cotter's England Jenny Summerville , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Good Reading , April 2014; (p. 41)

— Review of Dark Places of the Heart Christina Stead 1966 single work novel
'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)
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 and the Marxist Imagery Stephen Cowden , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 63 no. 3 2003; (p. 63-75)
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.
y The Enigmatic Christina Stead : A Provocative Re-Reading Teresa Petersen , Carlton South : Melbourne University Press , 2001 Z795705 2001 single work criticism
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)
Christina Stead's Night of Struggle Susan Lever , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Real Relations : The Feminist Politics of Form in Australian Fiction 2000; (p. 78-94, notes 156-157)
The Spirit of Cotters' England Denise Brown , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Magic Phrase : Critical Essays on Christina Stead 2000; (p. 206-223, notes 279-280)
Strange Familiars : Closeting Revolution in Christina Stead's Cotters' England Brigid Rooney , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Feminist Studies , July vol. 15 no. 23 2000; (p. 249-263)
y Christina Stead's Politics of Place Ann Blake , Nedlands : UWA Publishing , 1999 Z503428 1999 single work criticism biography
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)
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 The Readers Companion to the Twentieth-Century Novel Peter Parker (editor), Frank Kermode (editor), Oxford : Fourth Estate Helicon , 1994 Z342933 1994 anthology criticism biography
y Christina Stead : A Biography Hazel Rowley , Port Melbourne : Heinemann , 1993 Z202981 1993 single work biography
"The Night of Which No One Speaks": Christina Stead's Art as Struggle Susan Lever , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Span , December no. 37 1993; (p. 108-119)
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 : Gender and Power Phyllis Fahrie Edelson , 1991 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: International Literature in English : Essays on the Major Writers 1991; (p. 241-249)
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 Reality and the Shadow: The Adventure of Identity in Twentieth-Century Australian Women's Fiction Nancy Lee Jones , 1989 Z203224 1989 single work thesis
Sydney Whodunnit Rings True Hope Hewitt , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 May 1989; (p. 21)

— Review of The Garden House Martin Long 1989 single work novel ; Dark Places of the Heart Christina Stead 1966 single work novel
Untitled 1966 single work review
— Appears in: Book Review Digest , vol. 62 no. 1966-1967; (p. 1148)

— Review of Dark Places of the Heart Christina Stead 1966 single work novel
Poor Nellie 1966 single work review
— Appears in: Time , 23 September 1966; (p. 76)

— Review of Dark Places of the Heart Christina Stead 1966 single work novel
Untitled 1967 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 3 August 1967; (p. 701)

— Review of Dark Places of the Heart Christina Stead 1966 single work novel
Untitled J. Barbour , 1967 single work review
— Appears in: Nation , 4 November 1967; (p. 22)

— Review of Dark Places of the Heart Christina Stead 1966 single work novel
Untitled N. Braybrooke , 1967 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 20 May 1967; (p. 10)

— Review of Dark Places of the Heart Christina Stead 1966 single work novel
Untitled A. Gyger , 1967 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 29 July 1967; (p. 11)

— Review of Dark Places of the Heart Christina Stead 1966 single work novel
Untitled Barbara Jefferis , 1967 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 23 September 1967; (p. 18)

— Review of Dark Places of the Heart Christina Stead 1966 single work novel
Untitled Neil Jillett , 1967 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 19 August 1967; (p. 22)

— Review of Dark Places of the Heart Christina Stead 1966 single work novel
Untitled G. R. Lansell , 1967 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September vol. 6 no. 11 1967; (p. 185)

— Review of Dark Places of the Heart Christina Stead 1966 single work novel
Untitled Michael Wilding , 1967 single work review
— Appears in: London Magazine , vol. 7 no. 8 1967; (p. 98-100)

— Review of Dark Places of the Heart Christina Stead 1966 single work novel
The Heartbeat of Old England John Baxter , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 27 January vol. 89 no. 4586 1968; (p. 51)

— Review of Dark Places of the Heart Christina Stead 1966 single work novel
Review : Cotter's England Jenny Summerville , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Good Reading , April 2014; (p. 41)

— Review of Dark Places of the Heart Christina Stead 1966 single work novel
Christina Stead and the Marxist Imagery Stephen Cowden , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 63 no. 3 2003; (p. 63-75)
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)
'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,)
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
The Britannica Award F. L. Farrar , 1968 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 6 January vol. 89 no. 4583 1968; (p. 46)
"The Night of Which No One Speaks": Christina Stead's Art as Struggle Susan Lever , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Span , December no. 37 1993; (p. 108-119)
y The Readers Companion to the Twentieth-Century Novel Peter Parker (editor), Frank Kermode (editor), Oxford : Fourth Estate Helicon , 1994 Z342933 1994 anthology criticism biography
Christina Stead : Gender and Power Phyllis Fahrie Edelson , 1991 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: International Literature in English : Essays on the Major Writers 1991; (p. 241-249)
y Christina Stead Diana Brydon , London : Macmillan , 1987 Z362294 1987 single work criticism
Cotters' England In Appreciation Rodney Pybus , 1982 single work criticism
— Appears in: Stand , vol. 23 no. 4 1982; (p. 40-47)
Christina Stead's Unforgettable Dinner-Parties Don Anderson , 1979 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , March vol. 39 no. 1 1979; (p. 28-45)
Christina Stead's New Realism : The Man Who Loved Children and Cotters' England Terry Sturm , 1974 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cunning Exiles : Studies of Modern Prose Writers 1974; (p. 9-35) The Magic Phrase : Critical Essays on Christina Stead 2000; (p. 89-116, notes 272-273)
Christina Stead in the 1960s R. G. Geering , 1968 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 28 no. 1 1968; (p. 26-36)
y Christina Stead's Politics of Place Ann Blake , Nedlands : UWA Publishing , 1999 Z503428 1999 single work criticism biography
Christina Stead's Night of Struggle Susan Lever , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Real Relations : The Feminist Politics of Form in Australian Fiction 2000; (p. 78-94, notes 156-157)
y The Enigmatic Christina Stead : A Provocative Re-Reading Teresa Petersen , Carlton South : Melbourne University Press , 2001 Z795705 2001 single work criticism
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