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Issue Details: First known date: 1939 1939
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'Based on Patrick White's own experiences in the early 1930s as a jackaroo at Bolaro, near Adaminaby in south-eastern New South Wales, Happy Valley paints a portrait of a community in a desolate landscape. It is a jagged and restless study of small-town and country life.

'White was twenty-seven when Happy Valley was published by George C. Harrop in London. This mesmerising first novel gives us a prolonged glimpse of literary genius in the making. It won the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 1941, but White did not allow the novel to be republished in English in his lifetime. Its appearance now in the Text Classics series is a major literary event.

'Happy Valley is the missing piece in the extraordinary jigsaw of White's work.' (Text Publishing's abstract for the 2012 Text Classics publication.)

Notes

  • Dedication: To Roy De Maistre.
  • Epigraph: It is impossible to do away with the law of suffering, which is the one indispensable condition of our being. Progress is to be measured by the amount of suffering undergone ... the purer the suffering, the greater is the progress. - Mahatma Gandhi.

  • Other formats: Also braille; sound recording and large print

Contents

* Contents derived from the Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2012 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
'A Hell of a Calling Card' : Patrick White's Jackeroo Epic Is Finally Reissued, Peter Craven , 2012 single work criticism

Peter Craven concludes his introduction to Patrick White's Happy Valley by saying that the novel 'is a book we need to rediscover. It gives us White as a fledgling novelist, as fresh and wonderstruck and full of a desire to recreate the world as ever Australia was blessed with.'

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Harrap , 1939 .
      Extent: 327p.
      Reprinted: 1939 , 1940
      Note/s:
      • Published in February 1939.
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Viking , 1940 .
      3147981922337027122.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 317p.
      Note/s:
      • Published in May 1940.
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2012 .
      Source: Publisher's website
      Extent: viii, 407p.p.
      Note/s:
      ISBN: 9781921922916 (hbk.)
      Series: y Text Classics Text Publishing (publisher), Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2012- Z1851461 2012 series - publisher novel 'Great books by great Australian storytellers.' (Text website.)
Alternative title: Eden-Ville
Language: French
    • Paris,
      c
      France,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Gallimard , 1951 .
      Extent: 354p.

Works about this Work

The Boredom and Futility of War in Patrick White's Fiction Annalisa Pes , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , April no. 15 2016; (p. 65-73)
This article investigates the representation of war in terms of uselessness and waste in the fiction of Patrick White, with a particular emphasis on the short story “After Alep”, written in 1945 when the writer was enrolled in the RAF as an Intelligence Officer. By analysing the story in the light of White’s approach to the war as to “the most horrifying and wasteful period” of his life (Marr 1992: 493), the article attempts to demonstrate how the narrative devices used by White contribute to demythologize the rhetoric of the war and of war heroes in a way that may be instrumental in conveying a message of peace out of the ultimate sense of futility transmitted by any war.
Patrick White, Composer Manqué : The Centrality of Music in White's Artistic Aspiration John Carmody , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 29 no. 1 2015; (p. 153-161)
'Australian writer Patrick White was burdened with the reputation of a misanthrope. This was, perhaps, self-inflicted but it allowed many to disregard the sensitivity and insights of his writing. It is nevertheless surprising that most critics and readers seem unaware of his deep engagement with music. Certainly, few (if any) literary critics appear to recognize the significance of music in his output. Here, Carmody contends that not only was music profoundly important to White as a human being, but that it fundamentally drove his work. Without a recognition of this crucial importance of music, it is impossible to understand adequately White's aesthetic aspiration.' (Publication abstract)
Literary Guide to Australia Nicholas Shakespeare , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Telegraph , 10 July 2013;
'We asked some of the world's most eminent writers to offer literary tours of the places they know best.'
'A New Continent into Literature' : Patrick White's World Literature Georgina Loveridge , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Scenes of Reading : Is Australian Literature a World Literature? 2013; (p. 137-146)

'This chapter turns its attention to the transnational impulse of Patrick White's works: their weaving in and out of spatial, temporal, cultural, linguistic and literary contexts. From as early as White's first novel Happy Valley in 1939, and as late as his recent posthumous novel, The Hanging Garden, dated 1981, we can trace this impulse. [...] Taken together, White's works reveal a consistent set of spatial reference points or coordinates, between and through which they move. These lie within, without and along national boundaries,at the sub-, supra- and transnational levels. This chapter traces the development of White's transnational aesthetic, his representation of transnational flows' [p. 137].

Superhuman Organization Dan Gunn , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 25 January no. 5730 2013; (p. 19)

— Review of Happy Valley : A Novel Patrick White 1939 single work novel
Reading Asia : Musings of a Peripatetic Writer Satendra Nandan , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 4 no. 2 2012;
Notes for a paper delivered at the National Conference of the Australian Association of Teaching English (ATTE) on the theme ‘Finding a Place for Falstaff’, Melbourne Cricket Ground, December 2011
Work White Feared to See in Print David Marr , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 26 May 2012; (p. 5) The Sydney Morning Herald , 26-27 May 2012; (p. 22)
White's Rare Debut Returning to Shelves David Marr , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 26-27 May 2012; (p. 3) The Canberra Times , 26 May 2012; (p. 5)
Happy Valley and the Wonder of White Laurann Yen , 2012 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 30 May 2012; (p. 8)
Undercover Susan Wyndham , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9-10 June 2012; (p. 31)
A column canvassing current literary news including a report on the Red Room Company's 'The Disappearing' project. Susan Wyndham also comments on Text Publishing's re-publication of Patrick White's Happy Valley.
Still Room for Younger White to be Popular Again Susan Wyndham , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22 August 2012; (p. 12)
Portrait Emerges of White the Artist as a Young Man Michael Heyward , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24 August 2012; (p. 15)
'A Hell of a Calling Card' : Patrick White's Jackeroo Epic Is Finally Reissued Peter Craven , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 344 2012; (p. 9-10) Happy Valley : A Novel 2012;

Peter Craven concludes his introduction to Patrick White's Happy Valley by saying that the novel 'is a book we need to rediscover. It gives us White as a fledgling novelist, as fresh and wonderstruck and full of a desire to recreate the world as ever Australia was blessed with.'

The Best of 2012 Australian Art : Literature Geordie Williamson , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Monthly , October no. 83 2012; (p. 66)
Museum Mentality Who Killed Australian Literature? Geordie Williamson , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 20-21 October 2012; (p. 8-9)
Best in Print 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 15 December 2012; (p. 30)
First Tones of White A. P. Riemer , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25-26 August 2012; (p. 30-31) The Saturday Age , 25 August 2012; (p. 24)

— Review of Happy Valley : A Novel Patrick White 1939 single work novel
Out of the Wilderness Delia Falconer , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 1-2 September 2012; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Happy Valley : A Novel Patrick White 1939 single work novel
Rediscovering White Country Peter Pierce , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 8 September 2012; (p. 21)

— Review of Happy Valley : A Novel Patrick White 1939 single work novel
Fiction Barbara Baker , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22 - 23 September 2012; (p. 22)

— Review of Happy Valley : A Novel Patrick White 1939 single work novel
Untitled 1939 single work review
— Appears in: The North Queensland Register , 1 April 1939; (p. 59)

— Review of Happy Valley : A Novel Patrick White 1939 single work novel
Untitled 1939 single work review
— Appears in: Desiderata , February no. 39 1939; (p. 15)

— Review of Happy Valley : A Novel Patrick White 1939 single work novel
First Tones of White A. P. Riemer , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25-26 August 2012; (p. 30-31) The Saturday Age , 25 August 2012; (p. 24)

— Review of Happy Valley : A Novel Patrick White 1939 single work novel
Out of the Wilderness Delia Falconer , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 1-2 September 2012; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Happy Valley : A Novel Patrick White 1939 single work novel
Rediscovering White Country Peter Pierce , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 8 September 2012; (p. 21)

— Review of Happy Valley : A Novel Patrick White 1939 single work novel
Fiction Barbara Baker , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22 - 23 September 2012; (p. 22)

— Review of Happy Valley : A Novel Patrick White 1939 single work novel
Well Read Katharine England , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 29 September 2012; (p. 30)

— Review of The Voyage Murray Bail 2012 single work novel ; Happy Valley : A Novel Patrick White 1939 single work novel
White of Passage Jane Sullivan , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 27 October 2012; (p. 36)

— Review of Happy Valley : A Novel Patrick White 1939 single work novel
Superhuman Organization Dan Gunn , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 25 January no. 5730 2013; (p. 19)

— Review of Happy Valley : A Novel Patrick White 1939 single work novel
Happy Valley. Happy. Yes Furnley Maurice , 1939 single work review
— Appears in: Bohemia : The All-Australian Literary Magazine , June no. 3 1939; (p. 1,18)

— Review of Happy Valley : A Novel Patrick White 1939 single work novel
Untitled H. J. Oliver , 1939 single work review
— Appears in: Australian National Review , May vol. 5 no. 29 1939; (p. 90)

— Review of Happy Valley : A Novel Patrick White 1939 single work novel
A New Australian Novelist 1939 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 19 April vol. 60 no. 3088 1939; (p. 2)

— Review of Happy Valley : A Novel Patrick White 1939 single work novel
Happy and Unhappy Kenneth Mackenzie , 1939 single work review
— Appears in: Desiderata , May no. 40 1939; (p. 19-20) The Australian Literary Magazine , 6-7 July 1985; (p. 12) Critical Essays on Patrick White 1990; (p. 45-46)

— Review of Happy Valley : A Novel Patrick White 1939 single work novel
Harsh Times in Happy Valley 2012
— Appears in: The Guardian , 22 December 2012; (p. 8)

— Review of Happy Valley : A Novel Patrick White 1939 single work novel
'Harsh times in Happy Valley: Patrick White's first and last novels bear testament to his genius, writes Thomas Keneally'
Patrick White: An International Perspective John Colmer , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Breaking Circles 1991; (p. 182-196)
The Place of Happy Valley in the Novels of Patrick White John Beston , 1974 single work criticism
— Appears in: ACLALS Bulletin 1974; (p. 17-27)
Back to the Abyss : Patrick White's Early Novels A. P. Riemer , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 47 no. 4 1987; (p. 347-369)
Undercover Susan Wyndham , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18-19 August 2007; (p. 30)
The Influence of French Literature on Patrick White's 'The Living and the Dead' J. S. Ryan , 1984 single work criticism
— Appears in: The French-Australian Cultural Connection : Papers from a Symposium Held at the University of New South Wales, 16-17 September 1983 1984; (p. 148-159)
Transpacific or Transatlantic Traffic? Australian Books and American Publishers David Carter , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Across the Pacific : Australia-United States Intellectual Histories 2010; (p. 339-359)
'This paper will attempt to describe the determining factors and structural patterns of relations between Australian books and American publishers from the 19th century to the present. Its central question will be: how did 'Australian books' find their way to American publishers? Can we discern any distinctive patterns over time or for particular genres, or simply an accumulation of one-off cases? To what extent, if at all, did the traffic in Australian books depend on cultural symmetries? Did Australian books travel as Australian or British books? In what ways were they dependent upon relations between Australian (or British) publishers or literary agents and their American counterparts? What role did international copyright regimes or trade agreements play? And how might the American connection change our understanding of 'Australian literature'?' (Author's abstract)
Reading Asia : Musings of a Peripatetic Writer Satendra Nandan , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 4 no. 2 2012;
Notes for a paper delivered at the National Conference of the Australian Association of Teaching English (ATTE) on the theme ‘Finding a Place for Falstaff’, Melbourne Cricket Ground, December 2011
Work White Feared to See in Print David Marr , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 26 May 2012; (p. 5) The Sydney Morning Herald , 26-27 May 2012; (p. 22)
White's Rare Debut Returning to Shelves David Marr , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 26-27 May 2012; (p. 3) The Canberra Times , 26 May 2012; (p. 5)
Happy Valley and the Wonder of White Laurann Yen , 2012 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 30 May 2012; (p. 8)
Undercover Susan Wyndham , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9-10 June 2012; (p. 31)
A column canvassing current literary news including a report on the Red Room Company's 'The Disappearing' project. Susan Wyndham also comments on Text Publishing's re-publication of Patrick White's Happy Valley.
Still Room for Younger White to be Popular Again Susan Wyndham , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22 August 2012; (p. 12)
Portrait Emerges of White the Artist as a Young Man Michael Heyward , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24 August 2012; (p. 15)
'A Hell of a Calling Card' : Patrick White's Jackeroo Epic Is Finally Reissued Peter Craven , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 344 2012; (p. 9-10) Happy Valley : A Novel 2012;

Peter Craven concludes his introduction to Patrick White's Happy Valley by saying that the novel 'is a book we need to rediscover. It gives us White as a fledgling novelist, as fresh and wonderstruck and full of a desire to recreate the world as ever Australia was blessed with.'

The Best of 2012 Australian Art : Literature Geordie Williamson , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Monthly , October no. 83 2012; (p. 66)
Museum Mentality Who Killed Australian Literature? Geordie Williamson , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 20-21 October 2012; (p. 8-9)
Best in Print 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 15 December 2012; (p. 30)
y Patrick White Mark Williams , Basingstoke : Macmillan , 1993 Z35810 1993 single work criticism
Patrick White and the Story of Australia Judith Wright , 1992 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Going on Talking 1992; (p. 49-52)
Postwar : The Moderns Joseph Jones , Johanna Jones , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Fiction 1983; (p. 87-127)
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