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Issue Details: First known date: 1970 1970
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  • Dedication: For Cynthia and Sidney Nolan.
  • Epigraph: 'As I see it, painting and religious experience are the same thing, and what we are all searching for is the understanding and realisation of infinity.' - Ben Nicholson

    Cruelty has a Human Heart,/ And Jealousy a Human Face; /Terror the Human Form Divine,/ And Secrecy the Human Dress./ The Human Dress is forged in Iron,/ The Human Form a fiery Forge,/ The Human Face a Furnace seal'd,/ The Human Heart its hungry Gorge. -William Blake

    They love truth when it reveals itself, and they hate it when it reveals themselves. -Saint Augustine

    He becomes beyond all others the great Invalid, the great Criminal, the great Accursed One - and the Supreme Knower. For he reaches the unknown. -Rimbaud

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
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      England,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Jonathan Cape , 1970 .
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      Extent: 642p.
      Note/s:
      • Published in October 1970.
      ISBN: 0140036938
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Viking , 1970 .
      Extent: 567p.
      Reprinted: 1973
      Note/s:
      • Published in July 1970.
    • Harmondsworth, Middlesex,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1973 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 616p.
      Note/s:
      • Reprinted eight times by 1992, including an 'Australian Issue' in 1973.
      ISBN: 0140036938
      Series: Penguin Modern Classics series - publisher
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
      :
      Avon Books , 1975 .
      Extent: 603p.
      ISBN: 0380003244
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Vintage , 1994 .
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      Extent: 616p.
      ISBN: 09932461X
    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage Australia , 2011 .
      Extent: 1v.p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 1 February 2011.
      • A CCV eBook.
      ISBN: 9781446434864 (ebk.)
    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Random House Australia , 2012 .
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      Extent: 601p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 1 May 2012
      ISBN: 9781742755755 (hbk.)
Alternative title: Malaren: roman
Language: Swedish
    • Stockholm,
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      Sweden,
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      Scandinavia, Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Bonniers , 1970 .
      Extent: 547p.
      ISBN: 9100389595

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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)
The Vivisector : A Rewritten Pygmalion Story of Modern Tragedy Wu Baokang , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Oceanic Literary Studies , no. 2 2015; (p. 1-13)
'The Pygmalion story in Metamorphosis by Roman poet Ovid originates from the ancient Greek mythology, reflecting poet's affirmation and eulogy of the value and significance of this life while Bernard Shaw's namesake comedy Pygmalion emphasizes the environmental and educational influence on the formation of perfect personality, evident of bourgeois values of freedom, equality and independence. Roman poet Ovid's Pygmalion story and Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, both of which end in comedy, maintain an optimistic outlook towards the making of a perfect human being. But Patrick White's The Vivisector, which is in fact a Pygmalion story rewritten as a modern tragedy, presents the life of a superman artist, Hurtle Duffield, whose vivisection of his models leads him not only to a success in art but also to the deconstruction and destruction of real human life. The story is indicative of a tragic failure on Hurtle's effort to reshape and reorder the chaotic modern world as well as an existential dilemma of modern man who vainly seeks to establish a spiritual homeland. (1-2)
'Are You For Magic?' Patrick White and Camp Peter Kirkpatrick , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , November vol. 29 no. 4 2014; (p. 1-18)
Patrick White's the Vivisector Jessica Alice , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , April no. 22 2014; (p. 45)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel
Time for the Timeless Marc McEvoy , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9 January 2012; (p. 8-9)

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White in Line for Prize That Never Was Gia Metherell , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 2 February 2010; (p. 1)
Named at Last, the Candidates for the Booker Prize for 1970 Jason Steger , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3 February 2010; (p. 3) The Age , 3 February 2010; (p. 9)
Aussies in Contention for Lost Man Booker 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 3 February 2010; (p. 9)
White on 'Lost Booker' Shortlist Rosemary Sorensen , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 27-28 March 2010; (p. 5)
Duo Books Prize Spot 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 27 - 28 March 2010; (p. 31)
Man Booker Honour Its Lost Year Rosemary Sorensen , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 4 February 2010; (p. 17)
From Ancient Greece to Centennial Park Peter Craven , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8-9 May 2010; (p. 37)
Peter Craven casts an eye over the six contenders for the Lost Man Booker Prize. The shortlist includes two works by Australians - Shirley Hazzard's The Bay of Noon and Patrick White's The Vivisector.
Displaying the Monster : Patrick White, Sexuality, Celebrity Guy Davidson , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 25 no. 1 2010; (p. 1-18)
The essay traces the interconnections between aesthetic mode, sexual disclosure, and literary celebrity in White's work and career. 'From early on in his career, White appears to have been convinced of a close link between ... sexuality and literary artistry. White's autobiographical writings, his correspondence, and his fiction elaborate upon this idea, moving between notions of identity as performance and identity as essence. In so doing, his work indicates his uneasy relations to his homosexuality and his celebrity status, both of which he simultaneously embraced and disavowed' (2).
The Geography of Visual and Poetic Space : The Melancholy Gaze from the Inside and from the Outside A. M. McCulloch , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Halfway House : The Poetics of Australian Spaces 2010; (p. 263-275)
Synthetics Surveillance and Sarsaparilla : Patrick White and the New Gossip Economy Lorraine Burdett , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , Special Issue 2009;
This essay proposes a new model for reading Patrick White's novels of the 1960s in their treatment of the tensions between the rights of individuals and their relation to 'the group', charting the circulations of exclusion inherent within this dynamic. I argue these novels are connected with a preoccupation of postwar American literary fiction that rehearses the experience of the individual whose identity lies in peril at the hands of a collective regulatory consciousness.

In this essay I contend that White deploys the synthetic matter of his time as a means for exploring the synthesis of human connections formed through social organization. I argue that White's treatment of the anti-suburban American tradition is distinct for its exploration of the threat suburbia poses in its outward spread towards the edges of civilization, as it destroys the organic unpredictability and artistry of nature, and eradicates human agency.
Patrick White’s The Vivisector : Memoirs of Many in One – Who is Hurtle Duffield? Jane Frugtneit , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , vol. 1 no. 1 2009;
'On many occasions Patrick White professed a love of cooking. As acclaimed author he gained universal fame, and remains the only Australian writer to have won the Nobel Prize for literature. Both cooking and writing are creative processes and this essay draws parallels between the creative process, the digestive process, defecation and excrement. Of course, defecation is a natural bodily function resulting from food consumption and without food the body wouldn't survive. Syllogistically, without the corporeal there is no mind and without either body or mind there is no identity. In their introduction to Culture and Waste Gay Hawkins and Stephen Muecke contend that "expelling and discarding is more than biological necessity - it is fundamental to the ordering of the self" (Muecke 2003, xiii). Therefore, taken in the context of the biological and ontological duality of expulsion, I contend that food, in its many guises, is inextricably linked to identity. (Author's abstract)
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.
National and International 黄源深 , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Looking Back and Forward : Selected Papers of the 8th International Conference of Australian Studies in China 2004; (p. 375-384)
Translating Patrick White's Novels Voss and The Vivisector into Greek Vrasidas Karalis , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 63 no. 1 2003; (p. 133-141)
Time for the Timeless Marc McEvoy , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9 January 2012; (p. 8-9)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel ; Autumn Laing Alex Miller 2011 single work novel ; The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel ; Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel ; Caleb's Crossing : A Novel Geraldine Brooks 2011 single work novel ; Bereft Chris Womersley 2010 single work novel ; Cloudstreet Tim Winton 1991 single work novel ; That Deadman Dance Kim Scott 2010 single work novel ; The Secret River Kate Grenville 2005 single work novel ; The Lieutenant Kate Grenville 2008 single work novel ; Sarah Thornhill Kate Grenville 2011 single work novel ; The Ballad of Desmond Kale Roger McDonald 2005 single work novel ; Mr Darwin's Shooter Roger McDonald 1998 single work novel
Fiction Chronicle Leon Cantrell , 1971 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Autumn vol. 30 no. 1 1971; (p. 125, 127, 129, 131, 133, 135, 137, 139)

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Untitled John Beston , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , December no. 4 1970; (p. 58-61)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel
Search for Truth John McLaren , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Summer (1970-1971) no. 46 1970; (p. 37-38)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel
Untitled John Barbour , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: Nation , 28 November 1970; (p. 21-22)

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The Vivisector : Darkening Shadows John Beston , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: Makar , December vol. 6 no. 4 1970; (p. 15-18)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel
Untitled P. Cosgrave , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: The Spectator , vol. 225 no. 1970; (p. 525)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel
Untitled Katharine England , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 24 October 1970; (p. 16)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel
Untitled Dorothy Green , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 November 1970; (p. 14)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel
Untitled Brian Kiernan , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 17 October 1970; (p. 22)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel
Untitled D. Mahon , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: Listener , vol. 84 no. 1970; (p. 635-636)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel
Untitled D. J. O'Hearn , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 31 October 1970; (p. 16)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel
Untitled D. Pryce-Jones , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 8 November 1970; (p. 50)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel
Untitled T. G. Rosenthal , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: New Statesman , 23 October 1970; (p. 536-538)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel
Untitled Clement Semmler , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October vol. 9 no. 12 1970; (p. 331-332)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel
Untitled John Thompson , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: Harper's Magazine , vol. 241 no. 1444 1970; (p. 94-96)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel
Pictorial Powers Owen Webster , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 31 October vol. 92 no. 4728 1970; (p. 52-53)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel
Untitled Evan Williams , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 October 1970; (p. 19)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel
Untitled 1970 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 23 October 1970; (p. 1213)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel
Untitled P. Cruthwell , 1971 single work review
— Appears in: Hudson Review , vol. 24 no. 1971; (p. 180-181)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel
Patrick White's Aesthetic Noel Macainsh , 1984 single work criticism
— Appears in: LiNQ , [Triple Issue] vol. 12 no. 1-3 1984; (p. 55-70) The Pathos of Distance 1992; (p. 304-319)
Patrick White and the Aesthetics of Death Noel Macainsh , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 15 no. 2 1987; (p. 2-14) The Pathos of Distance 1992; (p. 290-303)
Translating Patrick White's Novels Voss and The Vivisector into Greek Vrasidas Karalis , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 63 no. 1 2003; (p. 133-141)
Patrick White: An International Perspective John Colmer , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Breaking Circles 1991; (p. 182-196)
Some Sources for the Construction of Hurtle Duffield in The Vivisector Rodney Stenning Edgecombe , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 17 no. 2 2003; (p. 107-109)
Examines the similarities between the Belgain artist James Ensor and White's depiction of the fictional character, Hurtle Duffield, in his novel The Vivisector
Patrick White's Vision of Human Incompleteness : "The Solid Mandala" and "The Vivisector" William Walsh , 1973 single work criticism
— Appears in: Readings in Commonwealth Literature 1973; (p. 420-426)
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.
Synthetics Surveillance and Sarsaparilla : Patrick White and the New Gossip Economy Lorraine Burdett , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , Special Issue 2009;
This essay proposes a new model for reading Patrick White's novels of the 1960s in their treatment of the tensions between the rights of individuals and their relation to 'the group', charting the circulations of exclusion inherent within this dynamic. I argue these novels are connected with a preoccupation of postwar American literary fiction that rehearses the experience of the individual whose identity lies in peril at the hands of a collective regulatory consciousness.

In this essay I contend that White deploys the synthetic matter of his time as a means for exploring the synthesis of human connections formed through social organization. I argue that White's treatment of the anti-suburban American tradition is distinct for its exploration of the threat suburbia poses in its outward spread towards the edges of civilization, as it destroys the organic unpredictability and artistry of nature, and eradicates human agency.
The Seeing Eye i "They've called it the exhausted continent,", K. R. Srinivasa Iyengar , 1983 single work poetry
— Appears in: Australia Helix : A Spiral of Verse Sequences 1983; (p. 55)
White in Line for Prize That Never Was Gia Metherell , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 2 February 2010; (p. 1)
Named at Last, the Candidates for the Booker Prize for 1970 Jason Steger , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3 February 2010; (p. 3) The Age , 3 February 2010; (p. 9)
Aussies in Contention for Lost Man Booker 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 3 February 2010; (p. 9)
White on 'Lost Booker' Shortlist Rosemary Sorensen , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 27-28 March 2010; (p. 5)
Duo Books Prize Spot 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 27 - 28 March 2010; (p. 31)
Man Booker Honour Its Lost Year Rosemary Sorensen , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 4 February 2010; (p. 17)
From Ancient Greece to Centennial Park Peter Craven , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8-9 May 2010; (p. 37)
Peter Craven casts an eye over the six contenders for the Lost Man Booker Prize. The shortlist includes two works by Australians - Shirley Hazzard's The Bay of Noon and Patrick White's The Vivisector.
Displaying the Monster : Patrick White, Sexuality, Celebrity Guy Davidson , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 25 no. 1 2010; (p. 1-18)
The essay traces the interconnections between aesthetic mode, sexual disclosure, and literary celebrity in White's work and career. 'From early on in his career, White appears to have been convinced of a close link between ... sexuality and literary artistry. White's autobiographical writings, his correspondence, and his fiction elaborate upon this idea, moving between notions of identity as performance and identity as essence. In so doing, his work indicates his uneasy relations to his homosexuality and his celebrity status, both of which he simultaneously embraced and disavowed' (2).
The Geography of Visual and Poetic Space : The Melancholy Gaze from the Inside and from the Outside A. M. McCulloch , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Halfway House : The Poetics of Australian Spaces 2010; (p. 263-275)
Patrick White’s The Vivisector : Memoirs of Many in One – Who is Hurtle Duffield? Jane Frugtneit , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , vol. 1 no. 1 2009;
'On many occasions Patrick White professed a love of cooking. As acclaimed author he gained universal fame, and remains the only Australian writer to have won the Nobel Prize for literature. Both cooking and writing are creative processes and this essay draws parallels between the creative process, the digestive process, defecation and excrement. Of course, defecation is a natural bodily function resulting from food consumption and without food the body wouldn't survive. Syllogistically, without the corporeal there is no mind and without either body or mind there is no identity. In their introduction to Culture and Waste Gay Hawkins and Stephen Muecke contend that "expelling and discarding is more than biological necessity - it is fundamental to the ordering of the self" (Muecke 2003, xiii). Therefore, taken in the context of the biological and ontological duality of expulsion, I contend that food, in its many guises, is inextricably linked to identity. (Author's abstract)
National and International 黄源深 , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Looking Back and Forward : Selected Papers of the 8th International Conference of Australian Studies in China 2004; (p. 375-384)
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