Issue Details: First known date: 1950 1950
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Adaptations

form y Power Without Glory Sonia Borg , Cliff Green , Howard Griffiths , Tom Hegarty , John Martin , Roger Simpson , ABC Television (publisher), Australia : Paradine Productions ABC Television , 1976 Z1690132 1976 series - publisher film/TV

Spanning the 1890s to the 1950s, Power Without Glory is the story of a man determined to make something of his life. Raised in a Melbourne slum area, John West later gains wealth and power, his influence extending into his business, his political ambitions, and his family life. The events of his life unfold against a backdrop of major historical events, including World War One and the beginnings of the Australian Labour Party.

Notes

  • Also published in braille and sound recording formats.
  • Adapted for the 1976 television mini-series Power Without Glory directed by John Gauci. Screenplay by Sonia Borg and Cliff Green
  • Subtitle varies.
  • Dedication: Let fiction meant to please be very near to truth. - Horace.
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Realist Printing and Publishing Company , 1950 .
      Extent: 669p., [3]p.p.
      Edition info: 1st ed.
      Description: illus.
      Reprinted: 1950 , 1951
      Note/s:
      • Publisher Rob Blackmore, who published Hardy's Who Shot George Kirkland, has discovered slight textual differences between two editions of the novel both published by Realist Printing and Publishing in 1950, and with identical dust-jackets. He says, in conversation with James Cockington ('Staying True to Type') that the mystery of which of the two versions came first may never be solved as Hardy himself did not recall which was the first.
      • 'By Frank J. Hardy "Ross Franklyn"' (Title page)
      • Includes author's note, 3p. at end of text.

        UQ copy is signed by the author.

      • Unexpurgated (t.p. verso)
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Coronation Press , 1955 .
      Extent: 669p.
      Edition info: 6th ed.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • 'By Frank J. Hardy (Ross Franklyn)' (Title page).
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Werner Laurie , 1962 .
      Extent: 716p.
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Sphere , 1968 .
      Extent: 671p.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Jack Lindsay.
    • St Alban's, Hertfordshire,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Panther , 1975 .
      Extent: 671p.
      Reprinted: 1976 , 1977
      Note/s:
      • Reprinted 1976 and 1977 by The Griffin Press, Netley South Australia.
      • Introduction by Jack Lindsay.
      ISBN: 0586043144
    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Minerva , 1995 .
      Extent: 1v.p.
      ISBN: 1863304649
    • Milsons Point, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Random House , 2000 .
      Extent: 660p.
      Edition info: 50th anniversary edition
      ISBN: 0091842069
Alternative title: Macht ohne Ruhm
Language: German
Notes:
A version of the German text was broadcast on DDR radio (the radio station of the German Democratic Republic) on 5 October 1954.

Works about this Work

Staying True to Type James Cockington , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 30 March 2011; (p. 13)
James Cockington reports on the discovery of two slightly different 'first' editions of Frank Hardy's Power Without Glory. Both are published by The Realist Printing and Publishing Company and are dated April 1950. Publisher Rob Blackmore, who published Hardy's Who Shot George Kirkland, told Cockington that the mystery of which of the two versions came first may never be solved.
The Silver Age of Fiction Peter Pierce , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 70 no. 4 2011; (p. 110-115)
Peter Pierce looks at contemporary Australian fiction to define Australia's 'Silver Age of Australian fiction' .
The Trials of Robert Close Dennis Bryans , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Script and Print , vol. 35 no. 4 2011; (p. 197-218)
'In October 1951, the Argus noted that Australia's censorship had "On occasion, when the more modern statutes [were] felt to be inadequate," called "antiquated laws ... into life such as the 'obscene libel' law invoked in the case of Robert Close's novel, Love Me Sailor, and the 'malicious libel' law used ... against Frank Hardy, author, of Power Without Glory'..." At the time Australia's censorship laws were regarded as being among the most narrow minded and repressive imposed by a democratic government anywhere...(Author's introduction)
Wren-Hardy Stoush Exposes Sectarian Bigotry Juliette Peers , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Eureka Street , 13 August vol. 20 no. 15 2010;
Unique Copy or Clandestine Edition? : The 'Fraser' Copy of Frank Hardy's Power without Glory Desmond Cowley , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: The La Trobe Journal , May no. 83 2009; (p. 91-100)
The article traces the novel's complex chain of production and printing processes for the early editions of Power without Glory. It sheds new light on an 'early underground copy' of the novel, the 'Fraser' copy, a four-volume edition named after the printer Fraser and recently donated to the State Library of Victoria. The copy was probably run off illicitly by staff at Fraser & Jenkinson, part of a network of Hardy supporters connected with the CPA, at a time when Hardy was charged with libel and had to stand trial. In its rudimentary form, the 'Fraser' copy 'provides testament to an extraordinary juncture of literature and politics in this country, a time when private imagination and public fear seemed momentarily united' (99).
'Was Ever a Book Written Under Greater Difficulty?' : On the Parallels between Frank Hardy's Power Without Glory and John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath Danica Cerce , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , no. 9 2009;
'At first glance, Frank Hardy seems to have had very little in common with John Steinbeck, yet a close examination of both writers' personal and literary life reveals a number of parallels. Just as Hardy denounced economic and social injustice and remained an artist with a refined sense for human rights and freedom, so did Steinbeck engage himself in the fight for egalitarian society. Although they are both best known for their proletarian narratives with social necessity and documentary integrity, they did not remain limited only within modes and methods of this literary tradition, but moved into a complex modern structure. The first part of my essay aims to shed light on the affinities between the two writers in terms of writing style, narrative technique, and subject matter; the second part focuses on the parallels between their central works, Power without Glory and The Grapes of Wrath.'
Frank Hardy Tom Sigley , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Writing Across the Continent 2008;
Power Without Glory : Frank Hardy (1917-1994) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 188-192)
A Comparative Reading of John Steinbeck's and Frank Hardy's Works Danica Cerce , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Acta Neophilologica , vol. 39 no. 1-2 2006; (p. 63-70)
From author's abstract: 'My purpose in this essay is to briefly illuminate the most striking similarities between the two authors' [Steinbeck and Hardy's] narrative strategies in terms of their writing style, narrative technique, and subject matter, and link these textual affinities to the larger social and cultural milieu of each author' (63). The second part of the essay focuses particularly on The Grapes of Wrath and Power Without Glory.
Pulped Fiction, It's a Fact Simon Caterson , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 3 April 2005; (p. 32)
The Strange Decline and Death of the Argus Robert Murray , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: Quadrant , May vol. 49 no. 5 2005; (p. 28-35)
Frank Hardy : Social Analyst or Man of Letters? Danica Cerce , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 19 no. 1 2005; (p. 70-74)
Mrs Wren and the Brickie: The Veil Lifted Jason Steger , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 12 November 2005; (p. 13)
y John Wren : A Life Reconsidered James Griffin , Carlton North : Scribe , 2004 Z1101494 2004 single work biography James Griffin argues that John Wren was not Australia's Al Capone as portrayed in Frank Hardy's novel Power Without Glory, but the victim of Australia's culture wars. Griffin contends that Frank Hardy's research was flawed and 'fuelled by political objectives and personal ambition.'
A Gangster Redeemed David Humphries , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 6-7 March 2004; (p. 6-7)
A Second Take on a Showman and Colourful Racing Identity Jack Waterford , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 11 March 2004; (p. 15)
Jack Waterford proposes that Frank Hardy's portrayal of John Wren in the book Power Without Glory was not entirely accurate.
The Little Man Peter Ryan , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , July-August vol. 48 no. 7-8 2004; (p. 78-81)
Ryan claims that James Griffin's John Wren : A Life Reconsidered exposes Frank Hardy's Power Without Glory as 'hoax perpetrated on the entire Australian reading public' on a grander scale than that of Ern Malley.
John Wren : A Life Reconsidered James Griffin , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Papers , Autumn vol. 16 no. 2 2004; (p. 48-53)
Discusses his biography of John Wren and the portrayal of Wren in Frank Hardy's novel.
Frank Hardy and Communist Cultural Institutions Allan Gardiner , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Frank Hardy and the Literature of Commitment 2003; (p. 35-52)
'These Girls Are on the Right Track' : Hardy, Devanny and Hewett Carole Ferrier , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Frank Hardy and the Literature of Commitment 2003; (p. 71-87)
'Frank Hardy, Jean Devanny and Dorothy Hewett were all significantly influenced as writers by their membership of the Communist Party, and the views of art and culture dominant in or debated around the Party; expectations in particular of what the 'social realist' novel should or might be impacted upon the work of all three. This essay addresses some issues of politics, committed writing and sexual politics, with particular reference to how these were played out for writers who were communists in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.' (p.71)
Novel About Corruption More Topical than Ever Mark Thomas , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 22 February 1992; (p. C8)

— Review of The Hard Way : The Story Behind Power Without Glory Frank Hardy 1961 single work autobiography ; Power Without Glory : A Novel in Three Parts Frank Hardy 1950 single work novel
Bastardry, Bastardry, Bastardry Flora Eldershaw , 1950 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 9 no. 3 1950; (p. 222-225)

— Review of Power Without Glory : A Novel in Three Parts Frank Hardy 1950 single work novel
Novels of Politics D. S. , 1950 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 27 September vol. 71 no. 3685 1950; (p. 2,35)

— Review of Power Without Glory : A Novel in Three Parts Frank Hardy 1950 single work novel
Untitled Ray Williams , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Left Review , no. 5 1968; (p. 77-79)

— Review of Power Without Glory : A Novel in Three Parts Frank Hardy 1950 single work novel
Would You Believe? Gerard Henderson , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , December vol. 20 no. 12 1976; (p. 31-33)

— Review of Power Without Glory : A Novel in Three Parts Frank Hardy 1950 single work novel
Untitled John Monks , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 5 June 1976; (p. 3)

— Review of Power Without Glory : A Novel in Three Parts Frank Hardy 1950 single work novel
The Hard Way and the Soft Way Patrick Morgan , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , December vol. 20 no. 12 1976; (p. 25-30)

— Review of Power Without Glory : A Novel in Three Parts Frank Hardy 1950 single work novel
Untitled E. Simper , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 3 July 1976; (p. 11)

— Review of Power Without Glory : A Novel in Three Parts Frank Hardy 1950 single work novel
Untitled John Stevens , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 8 June 1976; (p. 2)

— Review of Power Without Glory : A Novel in Three Parts Frank Hardy 1950 single work novel
y Marxism and Literary History John Frow , Oxford : Blackwell , 1986 Z998650 1986 single work criticism Focusing on Marxist literary theory and literary history in general, the book includes readings of texts by various international authors, among them Australian author Frank Hardy.
Frank Hardy and Communist Cultural Institutions Allan Gardiner , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Frank Hardy and the Literature of Commitment 2003; (p. 35-52)
'These Girls Are on the Right Track' : Hardy, Devanny and Hewett Carole Ferrier , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Frank Hardy and the Literature of Commitment 2003; (p. 71-87)
'Frank Hardy, Jean Devanny and Dorothy Hewett were all significantly influenced as writers by their membership of the Communist Party, and the views of art and culture dominant in or debated around the Party; expectations in particular of what the 'social realist' novel should or might be impacted upon the work of all three. This essay addresses some issues of politics, committed writing and sexual politics, with particular reference to how these were played out for writers who were communists in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.' (p.71)
y John Wren : A Life Reconsidered James Griffin , Carlton North : Scribe , 2004 Z1101494 2004 single work biography James Griffin argues that John Wren was not Australia's Al Capone as portrayed in Frank Hardy's novel Power Without Glory, but the victim of Australia's culture wars. Griffin contends that Frank Hardy's research was flawed and 'fuelled by political objectives and personal ambition.'
A Gangster Redeemed David Humphries , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 6-7 March 2004; (p. 6-7)
A Second Take on a Showman and Colourful Racing Identity Jack Waterford , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 11 March 2004; (p. 15)
Jack Waterford proposes that Frank Hardy's portrayal of John Wren in the book Power Without Glory was not entirely accurate.
y List of Characters and Names of Identities Removed from Power without Glory, ca. 1981 Frank Hardy , 1981 Z1122429 1981 single work A list of characters from the book and their corresponding real life indentity.
y [Newspaper Clippings Concerned with the Wren Libel Case] 1950-1951 Z1122432 1950-1951 collection

Loose press cuttings, from 1950-1951, concerning the criminal libel charge brought against Francis Joseph Hardy, author of the book Power without Glory, by Mrs Ellen Wren.

y Scrapbook of Press Cuttings, 1951 Jan. 16-June 19 1951 Z1122436 1951 collection Scrapbook of press cuttings, 16 January - 19 June, 1951, concerning the criminal libel charge brought against Francis Joseph Hardy, author of the book "Power without Glory", by Mrs Ellen Wren.
The Little Man Peter Ryan , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , July-August vol. 48 no. 7-8 2004; (p. 78-81)
Ryan claims that James Griffin's John Wren : A Life Reconsidered exposes Frank Hardy's Power Without Glory as 'hoax perpetrated on the entire Australian reading public' on a grander scale than that of Ern Malley.
John Wren : A Life Reconsidered James Griffin , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Papers , Autumn vol. 16 no. 2 2004; (p. 48-53)
Discusses his biography of John Wren and the portrayal of Wren in Frank Hardy's novel.
Pulped Fiction, It's a Fact Simon Caterson , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 3 April 2005; (p. 32)
The Strange Decline and Death of the Argus Robert Murray , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: Quadrant , May vol. 49 no. 5 2005; (p. 28-35)
Frank Hardy : Social Analyst or Man of Letters? Danica Cerce , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 19 no. 1 2005; (p. 70-74)
Mrs Wren and the Brickie: The Veil Lifted Jason Steger , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 12 November 2005; (p. 13)
A Comparative Reading of John Steinbeck's and Frank Hardy's Works Danica Cerce , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Acta Neophilologica , vol. 39 no. 1-2 2006; (p. 63-70)
From author's abstract: 'My purpose in this essay is to briefly illuminate the most striking similarities between the two authors' [Steinbeck and Hardy's] narrative strategies in terms of their writing style, narrative technique, and subject matter, and link these textual affinities to the larger social and cultural milieu of each author' (63). The second part of the essay focuses particularly on The Grapes of Wrath and Power Without Glory.
Author Claims 'The Argus' Was Involved in Binding of 'Power Without Glory' 1999-2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Argus : Life and Death of a Newspaper 2007; (p. 158-159)

— Review of The Hard Way : The Story Behind Power Without Glory Frank Hardy 1961 single work autobiography
The Novel : Novels of Purpose H. M. Green , 1961 single work criticism
— Appears in: A History of Australian Literature, Pure and Applied : A Critical Review of All Forms of Literature Produced in Australia from the First Books Published After the Arrival of the First Fleet Until 1950, with Short Accounts of Later Publications Up to 1960 1961; (p. 1122-1152)
Power Without Glory : Frank Hardy (1917-1994) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 188-192)
Frank Hardy's Power Without Glory Jack Lindsay , 1976 single work criticism
— Appears in: Decay and Renewal : Critical Essays on Twentieth Century Writing 1976; (p. 349-363)
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