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Issue Details: First known date: 1973 1973
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form y The Eye of the Storm Judy Morris , Australia : 2011 Z1679559 2011 single work film/TV 'In a Sydney suburb, two nurses, a housekeeper and a solicitor attend to Elizabeth Hunter as her expatriate son and daughter convene at her deathbed. In dying, as in living, Mrs Hunter remains a formidable force on those around her. It is via Mrs Hunter's authority over living that her household and children vicariously face death and struggle to give consequence to life.

'Estranged from a mother who was never capable of loving them Sir Basil, a famous but struggling actor in London and Dorothy, an impecunious French princess, attempt to reconcile with her. In doing so they are reduced from states of worldly sophistication to floundering adolescence.

'The children unite in a common goal - to leave Australia with their vast inheritance. Moving through Sydney's social scene, they search for a way to fulfil their desire. Using the reluctant services of their family lawyer Arnold Wyburd, a man long in love with Mrs Hunter, they scheme to place their mother in a society nursing home to expedite her demise.

'Panic sets in as the staff sense the impending end of their eccentric world. Mrs Hunter confesses her profound disappointment at failing to recreate the state of humility and grace she experienced when caught in the eye of a cyclone fifteen years earlier.

'For the first time in their lives, the meaning of compassion takes the children by surprise. During a ferocious storm Mrs Hunter finally dies, not through a withdrawal of will but by an assertion of it. In the process of dying she re-lives her experience in the cyclone. Standing on a beach, she is calm and serene as devastation surrounds her.'

Source: Fred Schepisi's website, http://www.fredschepisi.com/
Sighted: 09/08/2011

Notes

  • Dedication: To Maie Casey.
  • Epigraph:

    I was given by chance this human body so difficult to wear. - No Play

    He felt what could have been a tremor of heaven's own perverse love. - Kawabata

    Men and boughs break;/ Praise life while you walk and wake;/ It is only lent. - David Campbell

  • Other formats: Also braille and sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

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      Jonathan Cape , 1973 .
      Extent: 608p.
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      • Published 16 September 1973.
      ISBN: 0224009028
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      Extent: 608p.
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Viking , 1974 .
      Extent: 593p.
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      • Published in January 1974. Reprinted six times during the next four months.
      ISBN: 0670303747
    • Harmondsworth, Middlesex,
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      Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1975 .
      Extent: 588p.
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      • Reprinted ten times by 1992.
      ISBN: 0140039635
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Avon Books , 1975 .
      Extent: 272p.
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      • Reprinted five times in 1975.
      ISBN: 0380002140
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      Vintage , 1995 .
      Extent: 608p.
      ISBN: 0099324210
Alternative title: Im Auge des Sturms
Language: German

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Untitled 1973 single work review
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— Appears in: The Australian , 29 September 1973; (p. 45)

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— Appears in: The Times , 6 September 1973; (p. 12)

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— Appears in: The Sunday Telegraph , 14 October 1973; (p. 53)

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— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 6 October 1973; (p. 22)

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Publishers Reject Nobel Prize Writing Jennifer Sexton , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 15-16 July 2006; (p. 1)
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Why Bother with Patrick White Jennifer Sexton , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 15-16 July 2006; (p. 21)
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How Could Our Literary World be So Stupid Peter Craven , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 20 July 2006; (p. 12)
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No Time for Nobel Laureate Sue Taylor , 2006 single work correspondence
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Johnno's Jump to the Stage Pleases Malouf Andrew Fraser , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 21 July 2006; (p. 3)
Daniel Has Left the Lions' Den Jason Steger , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 29 July 2006; (p. 29)
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Scam Comes Uunstuck Nick Leys , Andrew Fraser , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 1 August 2006; (p. 11)
White off the Radar Rosemary Sorensen , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 29 - 30 July 2006; (p. 27)
Willa Cather and Patrick White John Beston , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 20 no. 2 2006; (p. 164-168)
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Twice Born : Risk and Trespass in White' 'Patrick' Brian Castro , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Heat , no. 14 (New Series) 2007; (p. 63-70)
Hard Fact on Book Sales Sells Good Fiction Short D. D. McNicoll , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 22-23 July 2006; (p. 5)
White Rejections Speak Volumes on Cultural Arbiters Jennifer Sexton , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 17 July 2006; (p. 4)
And Another Thing 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 17 July 2006; (p. 9)
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