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y The Timeless Land single work   novel   historical fiction  
Is part of Timeless Land Trilogy 1941 series - author novel (number 1 in series)
The Timeless Land Issue Details: First known date: 1941... 1941
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'The year 1788: the very beginning of European settlement. These were times of hardship, cruelty and danger. Above all, they were times of conflict between the Aborigines and the white settlers.

'Eleanor Dark brings alive those bitter years with moments of tenderness and conciliation amid the brutality and hostility. The cast of characters includes figures historical and fictional, black and white, convict and settler. All the while, beneath the veneer of British civilisation, lies the baffling presence of Australia, the 'timeless land'.

'The Storm of Time and No Barrier complete the Timeless Land trilogy. ' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Dedication: For my son Michael Dark.
  • Other formats: Also braille and sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Macmillan ,
      1941 .
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      Extent: ix, 499p.p.
      Note/s:
      • The UK edition has long been regarded as the first. However, it has been established that the US edition was published in September 1941, with the UK edition appearing the following month.
      • Map on endpapers.
      • Glossary on pp. 497-499.
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Collins ,
      1941 .
      Note/s:
      • Map on endpapers.
      • Reprinted many times between 1942 and 1965 in Australia, some by Halstead Press and New Century Press.
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Fontana ,
      1973 .
      Extent: 544p.
      ISBN: 0006132774 (pbk)
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Imprint , 1989 .
      Extent: 620p.
      ISBN: 0732225302 (pbk.)
    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins , 2002 .
      Extent: xxxi, 525pp.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Barbara Brooks and Humphrey McQueen.
      • Includes 'Glossary of Aboriginal Words and Phrases' (p.xxix-xxxi).
      ISBN: 0207198772
    • Sydney South, South Sydney area, Sydney Southern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins , 2013 .
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      Extent: 544p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 1st March 2013
      ISBN: 9780732296926
      Series: y A and R Classics Angus and Robertson (publisher), Z1411167 series - publisher
Alternative title: Gōshū : chōhen shōsetsu
Language: Japanese
    • Tokyo, Honshu,
      c
      Japan,
      c
      East Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
      :
      Yūkōsha ,
      1942 .
      Extent: 465p.

Works about this Work

The Timeless Land : Eleanor Dark Tom Griffiths , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Art of Time Travel : Historians and Their Craft 2016; (p. 16-41)
The Intriguing Dance of History and Fiction Tom Griffiths , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT Special Issue Website Series , April no. 28 2015;
'In this essay I explore the common ground of history and fiction, suggesting that they are a tag team, sometimes taking turns, sometimes working in tandem, to deepen our understanding and extend our imagination. But I also argue that there are times when the distinction between them is vital, and that it is incumbent on historians – on those who choose at certain moments to write history – to insist and reflect on the difference. I hope to create a context in which such explanations will not be misinterpreted as defending territory. In the course of the essay I refer to historians who write fiction and novelists who write history, and I draw especially on the work of the novelists Eleanor Dark and Kate Grenville, poet and historian Judith Wright, and the historians Inga Clendinnen, Grace Karskens and Ross Gibson.' (Publication summary)
Worlding the Island-Continent : The Spatial-Cultural Logics of Interwar Historical Fiction Adam Gall , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia , vol. 5 no. 1 2014;

The naturalisation of the Australian continent and its imaginary closure have long formed an important component of Australia’s culture of nationalism. This spatial dimension has been bound up with, but analytically separable from, figurations of Australian identity which were dependent upon imposing racialised boundaries. The culture of Australian nationalism thus depends in its formation upon exemplary instances of an “island-continental” perspective in some of its most prized narratives. This article turns to a specific moment in the cultural history of Australian nationalism—at the end of the interwar period—to examine some influential narratives that construct such a perspective. It analyses elements in two historical novels, Eleanor Dark’s The Timeless Land and Ernestine Hill’s My Love Must Wait, which appeared in 1941, as war in the Pacific loomed. By addressing Dark and Hill’s parallel projects, it will elaborate on how this nationalist spatial imaginary mediates an Australian national modernity that is also about difference and distinction from its metropolitan models. This is a project of worlding the nation, creating in narrative a meaningful background for spatial politics. These novels show us how Australian modernity finds a point of difference precisely in what Suvendrini Perera refers to as the “massivity” of the island-continent, Australia. [From the journal's website]

The Train from Wagga Wagga : A New Yorker en Route Jo Lennan , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 73 no. 1 2014; (p. 10-12)
The Stories We Tell Angelo Loukakis , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: InCite , April vol. 34 no. 4 2013; (p. 18)
'The article offers the author's insights regarding the Australian authors. The author mentions that it is a form of cultural development reflected from the emergence of Australian authors and publishers on their effort to writ and circulate the Australians stories. The author states that one of the challenges being faced by Australian authors to circulate their stories was due to the increase of electronic books.' (Publisher's abstract)
Out of Australia Hassoldt Davis , 1941 single work review
— Appears in: The Nation , 4 October vol. 153 no. 14 1941; (p. 316)

— Review of The Timeless Land Eleanor Dark 1941 single work novel
As It Was Then Margaret Walkom , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 24 no. 1 1964; (p. 68-69)

— Review of No Barrier Eleanor Dark 1953 single work novel ; The Timeless Land Eleanor Dark 1941 single work novel ; Storm of Time Eleanor Dark 1948 single work novel
Redemption R. D. Charques , 1941 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 1 November no. 2074 1941; (p. 541)

— Review of The Timeless Land Eleanor Dark 1941 single work novel
Untitled M. Rugoff , 1941 single work review
— Appears in: New York Herald Tribune , 5 October 1941;

— Review of The Timeless Land Eleanor Dark 1941 single work novel
Untitled M. Rugoff , 1941 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 5 October 1941;

— Review of The Timeless Land Eleanor Dark 1941 single work novel
Story for Our Times R. Hodgman , 2006 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 26 January 2006; (p. 24)
'Book News' Arranges for Exhibit J. U. , 1947 single work column
— Appears in: The Australasian Book News and Library Journal , April vol. 1 no. 10 1947; (p. 443)
Book News persuades the Department of Post War Reconstruction to include Australian literature in the Australian section of the British Empire Exhibition at the Royal Easter Show. Book News calls once more for a National Book League.
Can You Better This Book List? 1945 single work column
— Appears in: Book News , August no. [1] 1945; (p. 3)
y Understanding the Novel: The Timeless Land A. K. Thomson , Brisbane : Jacaranda Press , 1966 Z23192 1966 single work criticism
The Progress of Eleanor Dark G. A. Wilkes , 1951 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 12 no. 3 1951; (p. 139-148)
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