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Issue Details: First known date: 1989 1989
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Notes

  • Part two of Roland's autobiography.
  • Dedication: For Gilda
  • Other formats: Also braille and sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Collins , 1989 .
      Extent: 164 p., [4] p. of platesp.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 073222523X (pbk.)
      Series: Imprint Angus and Robertson (publisher), series - publisher

Works about this Work

Storytelling Permutations in the Performance of Life Narrative Betty Roland’s Caviar for Breakfast Maureen Clark , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 6 no. 1 2013;

Betty Roland (1903-1996), a little-known figure in Australian literary circles, was a prolific storyteller. Whilst there are few zones of literature into which she did not venture between the late 1920s and 1990, Roland is perhaps best remembered as a dramatist. Her Australian outback melodrama, The Touch of Silk, was first performed by the Melbourne Repertory Company in 1928, and is still produced today. Reviewers of the time described the play as ‘a beautiful and abiding piece’ of theatre, and named Roland as Australia’s first genuine playwright. Silk’s bleak twists and far-reaching insights into authoritarian bourgeois morality, helped to make it the first among a number of successful radio serials for Roland and paved the way for later film scripts. Perhaps because she was a playwright rather than a novelist at the time, Roland has never been grouped with Australia’s celebrated women writers of the 1920s and 30s, such as Miles Franklin, Eleanor Dark and Katharine Susannah Prichard. Roland was, however, engaged in a burgeoning cosmopolitan print-culture that extended well beyond those years as well as Australian borders. (Author's introduction)

An Interview with Betty Roland Nicole Moore (interviewer), 2007 single work interview
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 67 no. 1-2 2007; (p. 362-376)
Burden of Wild Will and of Pain Helen Elliott , 1990 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Herald , 28 October 1990; (p. 34)
A Devious Tale Told Cathy Peake , 1990 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24 November 1990; (p. 82)
Three Women Peter Shrubb , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , July-August vol. 34 no. 7-8 1990; (p. 64-68)

— Review of The Road from Coorain Jill Ker Conway 1989 single work autobiography ; An Improbable Life Betty Roland 1989 single work autobiography
Betty's Romp with Sex and Politics Alison Ravenscroft , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , September vol. 1 no. 1 1989; (p. 28-30)

— Review of An Improbable Life Betty Roland 1989 single work autobiography ; Caviar for Breakfast Betty Roland 1979 single work autobiography
Betty Roland : Life Enhancer Berwyn Lewis , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 29-30 April 1989; (p. 5)
-exy New -riting Margaret McClusky , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Independent Monthly , August 1989; (p. 37)

— Review of Working Hot : A Novel Mary Fallon 1989 single work novel ; Women's Erotica : Erotica by Contemporary Australian Women 1988 anthology short story poetry ; Between Careers Inez Baranay 1989 single work novel ; An Improbable Life Betty Roland 1989 single work autobiography
Wilful and Wide-Eyed in Bohemia Fiona Capp , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 10 June 1989; (p. 9)

— Review of An Improbable Life Betty Roland 1989 single work autobiography
Yes, We Do Have a Style Michael Keon , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 20-21 May 1989; (p. 10)

— Review of An Improbable Life Betty Roland 1989 single work autobiography
Betty's Romp with Sex and Politics Alison Ravenscroft , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , September vol. 1 no. 1 1989; (p. 28-30)

— Review of An Improbable Life Betty Roland 1989 single work autobiography ; Caviar for Breakfast Betty Roland 1979 single work autobiography
-exy New -riting Margaret McClusky , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Independent Monthly , August 1989; (p. 37)

— Review of Working Hot : A Novel Mary Fallon 1989 single work novel ; Women's Erotica : Erotica by Contemporary Australian Women 1988 anthology short story poetry ; Between Careers Inez Baranay 1989 single work novel ; An Improbable Life Betty Roland 1989 single work autobiography
Three Women Peter Shrubb , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , July-August vol. 34 no. 7-8 1990; (p. 64-68)

— Review of The Road from Coorain Jill Ker Conway 1989 single work autobiography ; An Improbable Life Betty Roland 1989 single work autobiography
Wilful and Wide-Eyed in Bohemia Fiona Capp , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 10 June 1989; (p. 9)

— Review of An Improbable Life Betty Roland 1989 single work autobiography
Yes, We Do Have a Style Michael Keon , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 20-21 May 1989; (p. 10)

— Review of An Improbable Life Betty Roland 1989 single work autobiography
An Interview with Betty Roland Nicole Moore (interviewer), 2007 single work interview
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 67 no. 1-2 2007; (p. 362-376)
Betty Roland : Life Enhancer Berwyn Lewis , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 29-30 April 1989; (p. 5)
Burden of Wild Will and of Pain Helen Elliott , 1990 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Herald , 28 October 1990; (p. 34)
A Devious Tale Told Cathy Peake , 1990 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24 November 1990; (p. 82)
Storytelling Permutations in the Performance of Life Narrative Betty Roland’s Caviar for Breakfast Maureen Clark , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 6 no. 1 2013;

Betty Roland (1903-1996), a little-known figure in Australian literary circles, was a prolific storyteller. Whilst there are few zones of literature into which she did not venture between the late 1920s and 1990, Roland is perhaps best remembered as a dramatist. Her Australian outback melodrama, The Touch of Silk, was first performed by the Melbourne Repertory Company in 1928, and is still produced today. Reviewers of the time described the play as ‘a beautiful and abiding piece’ of theatre, and named Roland as Australia’s first genuine playwright. Silk’s bleak twists and far-reaching insights into authoritarian bourgeois morality, helped to make it the first among a number of successful radio serials for Roland and paved the way for later film scripts. Perhaps because she was a playwright rather than a novelist at the time, Roland has never been grouped with Australia’s celebrated women writers of the 1920s and 30s, such as Miles Franklin, Eleanor Dark and Katharine Susannah Prichard. Roland was, however, engaged in a burgeoning cosmopolitan print-culture that extended well beyond those years as well as Australian borders. (Author's introduction)

Last amended 12 Jul 2007 11:35:17
Subjects:
  • Lakes Entrance, Lakes Entrance area, East Gippsland, Gippsland, Victoria,
  • East Gippsland, Gippsland, Victoria,
  • Melbourne, Victoria,
  • 1920s
  • 1930s
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