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Issue Details: First known date: 1955 1955
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The Tree of man, is the fourth published novel by Patrick White. 'It is a domestic drama chronicling the lives of the Parker family and their changing fortunes over many decades. It is steeped in Australian folklore and cultural myth, and is recognised as the author's attempt to infuse the idiosyncratic way of life in the remote Australian bush with some sense of the cultural traditions and ideologies that the epic history of Western civilisation has bequeathed to Australian society in general.' (Source: Wikipedia)

Notes

  • Dedication: To Manoly
  • An abridged version was published in New York by Books Abridged, inc. in 1955. It was accompanied by novels by Lionel Shapiro, Budd Schulberg, and Andrew Greer.
  • Other formats: Also braille and sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

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      Viking , 1955 .
      Extent: 499p.
      Reprinted: 1955 Five times. , 1974
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      • First published in August 1955. Reprinted five times in 1955.
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      Macmillan , 1955 .
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      Extent: 499p.
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      • This edition published on the same day as the Viking edition.
    • London,
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      Eyre and Spottiswoode , 1956 .
      Extent: 499p.
      Reprinted: 1956 Two times.
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      • Photolithographic printing of the Viking edition. Published on 27 April 1956.
    • Harmondsworth, Middlesex,
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      Mitcham, Blackburn - Mitcham - Vermont area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin Books , 1961 .
      Extent: 479p.
      Note/s:
      • Reprinted twenty times by 1994.
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1973 .
      Reprinted: 1963 , 1967 , 1965 , 1973 , 1972 , 1971 , 1970
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      • Printed in Australia.
      ISBN: 140016570
    • London,
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      Jonathan Cape , 1974 .
      Extent: 499p.
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      • Photolithographic printing of the Eyre and Spottiswoode edition.
      ISBN: 0224010085
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Avon Books , 1975 .
      Extent: 511p.
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      Vintage , 1994 .
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      Extent: 479p.
      ISBN: 9780099324515
    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage , 2009 .
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      Extent: 479p.
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      • Published: 3 August 2009
      ISBN: 9781741667707 (pbk.) :
      Series: y Australian Vintage Classics Vintage Australia (publisher), 2008- Z1484482 2008 series - publisher
Alternative title: Zur Ruhe kam der Baum des Menschen nie : Roman
Language: German
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      Buchklub Ex Libris , 1960 .
      Extent: 512p.
      Edition info: Special ed., for bookclub members only
      Reprinted: 1960
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      Europaeischer Buchklub , 1960 .
      Extent: 511p.
      Edition info: Special ed., for bookclub members only
      Description: Preface by Helmut M. Braem; illustrations by Willy Widmann.
    • Frankfurt am Main,
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      Büchergilde Gutenberg , 1963 .
      Alternative title: Der Baum des Menschen
      Extent: 533p.
    • Rheda-Wiedenbruck,
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      Bertelsmann , 1998 .
      Extent: 668p.

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Kiera Lindsey: Books That Changed Me 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 22 April 2016;
'Kiera Lindsey lecture in Australian history at the University of South Australian and won the inaugural Greg Dening memorial prize. ...'
Books That Changed Me : Kiera Lindsey Kiera Lindsey , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 1 May 2016; (p. 12)
Nature Writ Large : Eco-Interpretation of Patrick White's Novels Xiang Lan , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies – Proceedings of the 14th International Conference of Australian Studies in China 2015; (p. 86-97)
'This article seeks to reveal how Patrick White's ecological aesthetic sense is developed progressively in his major works. If we read his works in green fro the ecological content we can see nature writ large in series of his novels: The Tree of Man, a man's poetic dream of life in the bush is destroyed by the devastating effects of urban expansion; Voss, an ego-centric German's conquest of nature causes his failure and death in the Australian outback; in A Fringe of Leaves, a young woman's true nature is presented and when she is precipitated into the primitive, savage natural world she finds "the hero within" herself.' (86)
Elective Affinities Manning Clark, Patrick White and Sidney Nolan Mark McKenna , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Patrick White beyond the Grave : New Critical Perspectives 2015; (p. 81-100)

'Mark McKenna traces the ups and downs of another queer relationship, the oftentimes unreciprocated love of Australia's 'great' historian Manning Clark for the visionary he saw in White. He shows how Clark's monumental multi-volume History of Australia expresses greater allegiance to the preoccupations of Australia's 'elite' mid-century writers and artists, notably White and Sidney Nolan, than to the work of Clark's contemporaries in the academic discipline of history.' (Introduction 7-8)

The Island Called Utopia in Patrick White's The Tree of Man Danny Anwar , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 74 no. 1 2014; (p. 217-234)
On Using Words as Paint : Explaining the Art of Patrick White Michael Giffin , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , May vol. 58 no. 5 2014; (p. 92-97)
Two Hugolian Moments in Novels by Patrick White Rodney Stenning Edgecombe , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 28 no. 1 2014; (p. 227-228, 255)
'In the course of reading Graham Robb's excellent biography of Victor Hugo, Edgecombe have stumbled on two details that might have found their way into The Tree of Man by Patrick White. Here, Edgecombe considers two Hugolian moments in the novel.' (Publication abstract)
On Reading and Re-reading Patrick White John Barnes , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Cambridge Quarterly , September vol. 43 no. 3 2014; (p. 212-230)
'Few writers have received as much attention and have been so little understood as Patrick White, the only Australian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Critics have found his novels demanding and puzzling, and have been divided over the nature of his achievement. This essay points to the failure of critics to recognise the extent of the influence of Flaubert as well as that of the English modernists on White, and discusses the kind of attentiveness that his writing demands of the reader.' (Publication abstract)
Everyone's a Critic Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 351 2013;
A Debt to Robert Frost in Patrick White's Tree of Man Rodney Stenning Edgecombe , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Notes and Queries , June vol. 60 no. 2 2013; (p. 298-299)
Stretching Out in All Directions : Patrick White and the Great Australian Emptiness Brigid Rooney , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013; (p. 209-219)
Patrick White and Film Elizabeth Webby , Margaret Harris , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 13 no. 2 2013;
'2011 saw the release of The Eye of the Storm, the first adaptation to the screen of one of Patrick White’s novels. There had been earlier attempts, in particular the long-running saga of Voss, seemingly as doomed to failure as the explorer’s own quest. White’s interest in the theatre was paralleled by his interest in film; he knew that adaptations could boost an author’s reputation and sales. Manuscripts in the National Library of Australia’s White papers reveal that he wrote adaptations of several of his short stories as early as 1963. He did not manage to sell any of these but collaboration with director Jim Sharman in the 1970s led to the production of White’s screenplay of his story ‘The Night, the Prowler’. Inspired by this, White wrote several original screenplays that were never filmed. ‘Monkey Puzzle’, intended as a full-length film, sends up the Australian literary scene as well as Australian films of the period. The shorter 'Kidults' also includes a parody of the film version of My Brilliant Career. (Author's abstract)
'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].

在'神秘与诗'的探寻中挖掘现实之核-怀特 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Foreign Literature Studies , August vol. 35 no. 4 2013; (p. 162)
A Fringe of Leaves : Australian Modernity and Southern Perspectives Raewyn Connell , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Continuum : Journal of Media & Cultural Studies , vol. 26 no. 2 2012; (p. 207-214)
'Patrick White's novel A Fringe of Leaves, written in the 1970s, resonated with a renewed questioning of the European presence on Australian land and its significance for cultural issues. A debate about coloniality in the social sciences is now happening globally, especially questioning the global North's apparent monopoly of theory. Multiple structures of knowledge are found in the colonized world: indigenous knowledges, the analysis of colonialism by the colonized, and analysis of the societies and global structures produced by imperialism. Key authors on these topics are introduced. Australian modernity needs to be considered in the light of the lively debates about these issues now occurring across the global South.' (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
A Literary Visit to the USA : A Memoir Laurie Hergenhan , 2012 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 26 no. 1 2012; (p. 74-78)
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)
Books That Changed Me : Anthony Hill Anthony Hill , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 16 September 2012; (p. 14)
The Best of 2012 Australian Art : Literature Geordie Williamson , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Monthly , October no. 83 2012; (p. 66)
A Poet at Loose on Cow Cockies Geoffrey Hutton , 1956 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 12 May 1956; The Age , 19 July 2003; (p. 2)

— Review of The Tree of Man Patrick White 1955 single work novel
Untitled Erik De Mauny , 1956 single work review
— Appears in: The London Magazine , September vol. 3 no. 9 1956; (p. 64-65, 67, 69)

— Review of The Tree of Man Patrick White 1955 single work novel
Untitled Charles Osborne , 1963 single work review
— Appears in: The London Magazine , February vol. 2 no. 11 1963; (p. 85-87)

— Review of The Tree of Man Patrick White 1955 single work novel ; The Living and the Dead Patrick White 1941 single work novel
On My Bedside Table Frank Sheehan , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 17 October 2009; (p. 20)

— Review of Fragments -- From Two Lives on Three Continents Christopher Wortham Anne Wortham 2009 single work autobiography ; The Tree of Man Patrick White 1955 single work novel
An Australian Faulkner Max Harris , 1956 single work review
— Appears in: Voice , July-August vol. 5 no. 1956; (p. 29)

— Review of The Tree of Man Patrick White 1955 single work novel
The Tree of Man D. S. , 1956 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 18 July vol. 77 no. 3988 1956; (p. 2,35)

— Review of The Tree of Man Patrick White 1955 single work novel
Untitled Robert Martin Adams , 1956 single work review
— Appears in: The Hudson Review , vol. 8 no. 1956; (p. 629)

— Review of The Tree of Man Patrick White 1955 single work novel
Untitled Patrick Coady , 1956 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , Summer (1956-1957) vol. 1 no. 1 1956; (p. 87-88)

— Review of The Tree of Man Patrick White 1955 single work novel
The Expanding Novel H. J. Oliver , 1956 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 17 no. 3 1956; (p. 168-170)

— Review of The Tree of Man Patrick White 1955 single work novel
Only Time Will Tell Mary Durack , 1957 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , no. 1 1957; (p. 44-45)

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Untitled G. Fawcett , 1974 single work review
— Appears in: Books and Bookmen , vol. 21 no. 3 1974; (p. 459)

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The Bunyip Stages a Comeback A. D. Hope , 1956 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16 June 1956; (p. 15) Critical Essays on Patrick White 1990; (p. 47-49) Creme de la Phlegm : Unforgettable Australian Reviews 2006; (p. 69-73)

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Patrick White's Triumph : Novelist and His Tree Kenneth Slessor , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Kenneth Slessor : Poetry, Essays, War Despatches, War Diaries, Journalism, Autobiographical Material and Letters 1991; (p. 231-232)

— Review of The Tree of Man Patrick White 1955 single work novel
Second Look Peter Craven , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 13 May 2001; (p. 10)

— Review of The Tree of Man Patrick White 1955 single work novel
Patrick White's 'The Tree of Man' A. K. Thomson , 1966 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Autumn vol. 25 no. 1 1966; (p. 21-30)

— Review of The Tree of Man Patrick White 1955 single work novel
'The Bee in the Hive' : Women and Knowledge in Patrick White's The Tree of Man and A Fringe of Leaves Julie Mullaney , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: A Fringe of Papers : Offshore Perspectives on Australian History and Literature 1999; (p. 87-105)
Examines the construction of woman and the status of her knowledge within the pre-pastoral, pastoral, and anti-pastoral worlds evoked in the two novels by White.
Getting Away from It All Patrick Morgan , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 5 no. 1 1983; (p. 73-87)
White Power Russell Wenholz , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 24 August 2003; (p. 18)
Imagery and Structure in Patrick White's Novels Karin Hansson , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Breaking Circles 1991; (p. 175-181)
Mandala Symbolism in the Novels of Patrick White Shaik Samad , 1995-1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Commonwealth Review , vol. 7 no. 1 1995-1996; (p. 117-123)
A New Passage to India : Patrick White's The Tree of Man Veronica Brady , 1995-1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Commonwealth Review , vol. 7 no. 1 1995-1996; (p. 134-143)
Brady argues, and demonstrates, that White's novel has profound implications for an increase in understanding between Australian and Indian culture.
Patrick White: An International Perspective John Colmer , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Breaking Circles 1991; (p. 182-196)
The Tree of Man as a Pioneer Novel John Beston , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 17 no. 2 2003; (p. 149-154)
Discusses the concept of the pioneer novel by examining Patrick White's The Tree of Man and making comparisons to Willa Cather's My Antonia
Survival, Reincarnation, "Palace of the Peacock" - Attitudes to Death and Life in Commonwealth Literature Britta Olinder , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Breaking Circles 1991; (p. 202-217)
Stan's Grandson, the Lost Boy and Patrick White's Ars Poetica in The Tree of Man John Beston , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth , Spring vol. 26 no. 2 2004; (p. 71-76)
Author's abstract : Both Stan's grandson and the lost boy in The Tree of Man are projections of the young Patrick White, future artist. The Poem germinating in the mind of Stan's grandson at the end of the novel is an early and fuller account of White's literary ambitions than even 'The Prodigal Son' three years later.
Spotlight : Debate : Patrick White was Never Worth Reading : Disagree Sacha Molitorisz , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 29 June 2005; (p. 15)
Genetic Translations : Boll's Translations of Patrick White Russell West-Pavlov , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transcultural Graffiti : Diasporic Writing and the Teaching of Literary Studies 2005; (p. 61-80)
y Witnessing the Past : History and Post-Colonialism in Australian Historical Novels Sigrun Meinig , Tubingen : Gunter Narr , 2004 Z1239368 2004 single work criticism
Patrick White and Rimbaud John Beston , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth , Spring vol. 27 no. 2 2005; (p. 99-110)
'Patrick White acknowledged that he was "soaked in Rimbaud". Five poems in his novels are linked to Rimbaud. Their main themes are ones important also in Rimbaud's poems: the need to escape a constrictive mother by fleeing into the freedom of the imagination, followed by a fear of that very freedom. ... Ultimately both writers yielded in defeat to the stronger figure of their mother. After a final tribute to his mother, White turned to other subjects; Rimbaud abandoned poetry altogether' (99).
Willa Cather and Patrick White John Beston , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 20 no. 2 2006; (p. 164-168)
John Beston discusses Patrick White's 'borrowings' from the novels of American writer Willa Cather, highlighting links between several White novels and Cather's O Pioneers!, Death Comes for the Archbishop and A Lost Lady. Beston contends that White's novels show 'almost no influence of other Australian authors', but do indicate the influence of American writers.
Symphonic Structure in Patrick White's The Tree of Man Kalpana Purohit , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Explorations in Australian Literature 2006; (p. 170-176)
The Mind of David Malouf Peter Craven (interviewer), 1990 single work criticism biography interview
— Appears in: The Sunday Herald , 18 February 1990; (p. 37)
y The God-Shaped Hole : Responding to the Good News in Australia Veronica Brady , Adelaide : ATF Press , 2008 Z1533434 2008 selected work criticism This book brings together a selection of Veronica Brady's critical addresses arguing that there are novels and poems that bear witness to the mystery of 'God' or an 'Other' who speaks through others.
James Joyce and Patrick White : A Study in Correspondences Bernard Hickey , 1984 extract criticism (Aspects of Alienation in James Joyce and Patrick White : A Study in Correspondences)
— Appears in: Statements 1984; (p. 75-101)
Redefining Success and Ants : Patrick White's The Tree of Man Gillian Barnett , 1982 single work criticism
— Appears in: Viewpoints : H.S.C. English Literature , no. 83 1982; (p. 139-148)
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