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Issue Details: First known date: 1946 1946
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"One hot night last spring, after waiting fruitlessly for a call from my then lover, with whom I had quarrelled the same afternoon, and finding one of my black moods upon me, I flung out of my lonely room on the ninth floor (unlucky number) in a hotel in lower Fifth Avenue and rushed into the streets of the Village, feeling bad." "So begins Letty Fox's own story, a comic extravaganza about the crazy circus of her early life; about her moping mother, absent father, and two impossible sisters; about work and play, sex and men, and the seemingly unending search for a lasting relationship." (Publisher's blurb)

Banned in Australia

Censorship Agencies: Literature Censorship Board
Decision: 22 May 1947
NAA Source: A3023; Folder 1945-1947
Censorship notes: Released at the 1958 review.

Notes

  • Epigraph: L'expérience te manque, et malheureusement/ c'est une chose qui ne s'acquiert qu'à force/ de sottises et de bévues!/ Le Paysan et la Paysanne Pervertis/ Réstif de la Bretonne

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    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Harcourt Brace , 1946 .
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      Extent: 517p.
    • London,
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      England,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Peter Davies , 1947 .
      Extent: 502p.
    • 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 , 1978 .
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      Extent: 502p.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Mary Kathleen Benet
      ISBN: 080680517
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      The New York Review of Books , 2001 .
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      Extent: xxix, 602p.p.
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      • Introduction by Tim Parks.
      ISBN: 0940322706
      Series: y NYRB Classics The New York Review of Books (publisher), New York (City) : The New York Review of Books , 1999- Z1836343 1999 series - publisher 'The NYRB Classics series is designedly and determinedly exploratory and eclectic, a mix of fiction and non-fiction from different eras and times and of various sorts. The series includes nineteenth century novels and experimental novels, reportage and belles lettres, tell-all memoirs and learned studies, established classics and cult favorites, literature high, low, unsuspected, and unheard of. NYRB Classics are, to a large degree, discoveries, the kind of books that people typically run into outside of the classroom and then remember for life.Inevitably literature in translation constitutes a major part of the NYRB Classics series, simply because so much great literature has been left untranslated into English, or translated poorly, or deserves to be translated again, much as any outstanding book asks to be read again. The series started in 1999 with the publication of Richard Hughes's A High Wind in Jamaica ... [and] almost all NYRB Classics feature an introduction by an outstanding writer, scholar, or critic of our day' (publisher website).
    • Carlton, Parkville - Carlton area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Miegunyah Press , 2011 .
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      Extent: xvi, 662 p.p.
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      • Introduction by Carmen Callil.
      ISBN: 9780522854053 (pbk.)
      Series: y Miegunyah Modern Library Miegunyah Press (publisher), Miegunyah Press , 2010- Z1807646 2010 series - publisher
Alternative title: Letty Fox: roman
Language: French

Works about this Work

Re-encountering Christina Stead : Why Read ‘Workshop in the Novel’? Alison Burns , R. A. Goodrich , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Text : Journal of Writing and Writing Courses , April vol. 18 no. 1 2014;

'Despite waves of interest in the work of Christina Stead, one aspect of her writing life has been largely neglected. From September 1943, she taught three series of extended writing workshops in New York and in the process left more than three hundred pages documenting her teaching. The question motivating this paper is: Why should we, as writers and teachers of writing, read her writing workshop notebooks nowadays? This paper will place Stead’s workshop in the context of the development of institutional teaching of novel writing and her emergence as a major writer. It will briefly examine how the notebooks have previously been understood and offer a closer analysis than has been made to date of the notebooks and their content and of the key issues raised by them. In particular, we shall explore her pedagogic focus upon workshop participants developing a rigorous, analytical approach to crafting novels and her extensive use of Georges Polti’s Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations to achieve this. That, in turn, will enable us to assess what the notebooks independently reveal about her beliefs regarding the novel and its purpose. ' (Publication summary)

Memories and Letters : Nadine and Lina Lewin's Friendship with Christina Stead Valerie Mendelson , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 28 no. 1 2014; (p. 1-12)
'Mendelson examines the correspondence between Nadine Lewin Mendelson, her mother, and Lina Lewin, her grandmother, and Christina Stead, a novelist. She says reading the letters brings her the memory of visiting her grandmother's place in New York City and sheds some light on Stead's life as a great novelist.' (Publication summary)
The Rhetoric of Luck in Christina Stead's Letty Fox: Her Luck Fiona Morrison , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 28 no. 1 2014; (p. 111-122, 256)
'Morrison talks about the rhetoric of Luck in Christina Stead's Letty Fox: Her Luck (1946). The novel examines the terrain of female experience between the acquisition of sexual maturity and marriage. It is clear that the topoi of female survival and female ambition are central to this trilogy of books, and in Letty Fox: Her Luck, the framing questions of America and American politics complicate and extend these topoi. The anti-sentimental picaresque offered Stead an opportunity to return to the satirical energy that is so remarkable in House of All Nations (1938), to experiment with New York vernacular, and to anatomize various American dilemmas as she saw them: a materialistic and weak middle-class obsessed with easy success, the irritant of fake radicalism in the New York Left, and the irresistible rise and rise of gangster capitalism. Stead's use of "luck" highlights the episodic and contingent events that make up the life of her anti-heroine, but also provides a rhetorical focal point for her critique of sex and politics. "Luck" is a word at the heart of the novel's purpose as well as its action.' (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)
The Catcher in the Rye Gets Caught in the Net : Censorship and the Parliamentary Library Nicole Moore , 2013 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013; (p. 180-187)
'Upon the Airy Ocean' : Australia, the Russian Pacific, and the Transnational Imaginary Nicholas Birns , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Scenes of Reading : Is Australian Literature a World Literature? 2013; (p. 73-85)

Nicholas Birns examines the transnational turns in Russian and Australian literature, with particular attention to the intersections of the two literatures.

'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)
Museum Mentality Who Killed Australian Literature? Geordie Williamson , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 20-21 October 2012; (p. 8-9)
Reading Letty Fox in 2011 Fiona Morrison , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 335 2011; (p. 27-28)
Fiona Morrison champions 'the recent reissuing of "writer’s writer" Christina Stead's transnational novel Letty Fox: Her Luck'.
Grappling with Genius Geordie Williamson , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 17-18 September 2011; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Letty Fox, Her Luck Christina Stead 1946 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)

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 Totally Incredible Obscenity of Letty Fox Nicole Moore , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 2 no. 2003; (p. 67-79)
Published in 1946 in New York, Letty Fox : Her Luck was declared a prohibited import by Australia in mid-1947. Moore discusses the procedures involved in the banning and the compexity of what was at issue for Australian officials.
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.
Obscene and Over Here : National Sex and the Love Me Sailor Obscenity Trial Nicole Moore , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 20 no. 4 2002; (p. 316-329)
The Luck of Letty Fox Tim Parks , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: The New York Review of Books , 20 December vol. 48 no. 20 2001; (p. 90-93)
y The Enigmatic Christina Stead : A Provocative Re-Reading Teresa Petersen , Carlton South : Melbourne University Press , 2001 Z795705 2001 single work criticism
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)
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)
Grappling with Genius Geordie Williamson , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 17-18 September 2011; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Letty Fox, Her Luck Christina Stead 1946 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
Untitled A. Duchene , 1978 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 8 September 1978; (p. 985)

— Review of For Love Alone Christina Stead 1944 single work novel ; Letty Fox, Her Luck Christina Stead 1946 single work novel
Untitled C. Tomalin , 1978 single work review
— Appears in: Nation Review , 27 October-2 November 1978; (p. 21)

— Review of For Love Alone Christina Stead 1944 single work novel ; Letty Fox, Her Luck Christina Stead 1946 single work novel
Untitled C. Tomalin , 1978 single work review
— Appears in: New Statesman , 21 July 1978; (p. 95)

— Review of For Love Alone Christina Stead 1944 single work novel ; Letty Fox, Her Luck Christina Stead 1946 single work novel
Untitled K.M. , 1947 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1 March 1947; (p. 11)

— Review of Letty Fox, Her Luck Christina Stead 1946 single work novel
Untitled 1947 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 12 April 1947;

— Review of Letty Fox, Her Luck Christina Stead 1946 single work novel
The Freedom of Woman Colin Roderick , 1948 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 9 no. 1 1948; (p. 55-58)

— Review of Letty Fox, Her Luck Christina Stead 1946 single work novel
Urban and Rustic 1948 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 20 October vol. 69 no. 3584 1948; (p. 2)

— Review of Letty Fox, Her Luck Christina Stead 1946 single work novel
The Totally Incredible Obscenity of Letty Fox Nicole Moore , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 2 no. 2003; (p. 67-79)
Published in 1946 in New York, Letty Fox : Her Luck was declared a prohibited import by Australia in mid-1947. Moore discusses the procedures involved in the banning and the compexity of what was at issue for Australian officials.
The Luck of Letty Fox Tim Parks , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: The New York Review of Books , 20 December vol. 48 no. 20 2001; (p. 90-93)
Around the World 1947 single work column
— Appears in: The Australasian Book News and Library Journal , January vol. 1 no. 7 1947; (p. 325)
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)

Reading Letty Fox in 2011 Fiona Morrison , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 335 2011; (p. 27-28)
Fiona Morrison champions 'the recent reissuing of "writer’s writer" Christina Stead's transnational novel Letty Fox: Her Luck'.
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)
'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)
Museum Mentality Who Killed Australian Literature? Geordie Williamson , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 20-21 October 2012; (p. 8-9)
Christina Stead in Southerly Margaret Harris , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , September vol. 49 no. 3 1989; (p. 514-528)
y Christina Stead: The American Years Anita Kristina Segerberg , 1990 Z67027 1990 single work thesis
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,)
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)
Christina Stead and the Bildungsroman Rudolf Bader , 1984 single work criticism
— Appears in: World Literature Written in English , Winter vol. 23 no. 1 1984; (p. 31-39)
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 in New York Anita Kristina Segerberg , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , Spring vol. 3 no. 1 1989; (p. 15-19)
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
Notes and Comments : Letty Fox, Her Luck 1948 single work column
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 9 no. 3 1948; (p. 191-192)
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