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Issue Details: First known date: 1934 1934
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'Should a woman bear a child knowing that there are traces of insanity in her family? Linda Hainlin, niece of a famous biologist, was aware of the danger when she married Dr. Nigel Hendon, a practical idealist, whose creed was normality and the rational ordering of the world. This book tells how, years later, while temporarily deprived of her husband's sane companionship, Linda feels the oncoming of those homicidal impulses which presage madness. On this tragic theme, 'Prelude to Christopher' is written with strong literary art as a narrative of four days of crisis. The story goes back in memory to the happiness of Linda's love for Nigel, and forward in her frightened imagination to a future from which the strongest must flinch. Christopher, the unborn child, dominates terrific events in which he has no living part to play. The prelude to his birth is told with emotional power.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Rushcutters Bay, Sydney Eastern Harbourside, Sydney Eastern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Halstead Press , 1999 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Rereading Prelude to Christopher, Barbara Brooks , 1934-1999 single work criticism biography (p. 185-189)
Varuna Writers' Centre : The Legacy of Eleanor Dark, 1934-1999 single work column (p. 190)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

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      England,
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      Collins , 1936 .
    • Rushcutters Bay, Sydney Eastern Harbourside, Sydney Eastern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Halstead Press , 1999 .
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      • Includes a postscript by Barbara Brooks

Works about this Work

The Difficult Business of Writing : The Story of Return to Coolami's Publication Helen Gildfind , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 27 no. 2 2013; (p. 157-160)
'In Eleanor Dark's archive, there seems to be an infinite number of royalty statements, contracts, and letters between her, Curtis Brown, and American and British publishers. In her article discussing the ill-fated publishing history of Prelude to Christopher, Drusilla Modjeska does an excellent job of untangling a story from such documents, Prelude. Here, Gildfind discusses Coolami's publication story.' (Publication abstract)
Armed with Fruit-Knives : Transgression in Australian Women's Modernist Still-Lifes Rosemary Lloyd , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Magnificent Obsessions : Honouring the Lives of Hazel Rowley 2013; (p. 202-218)
Education, Literature and the Emotions : A Salute to Eleanor Dark’s Prelude to Christopher Anne Maxwell , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 12 no. 1 2012;
'The current neoliberal climate has seen important changes to what is being taught to Humanities students in the Higher Education sector. With the emphasis increasingly on courses that make money and prepare students for vocations what is being lost is the kinds of reading practices and reading experiences that make for thoughtful caring citizens.

Both the writer Margaret Atwood in her novel Oryx and Crake and the philosopher Martha Nussbaum in her Not For Profit: Why Democracy needs the Humanities have reflected on the ways in which the study of literature and the arts contribute to the notion of a caring society and thoughtful global citizens. Nussbaum in particular has emphasised the importance of reading and teaching literature that values the finer emotions- those that cultivate justice, compassion, and empathy, seeing in these the pathway to what she calls human flourishing. I argue that of Australian literary texts that aim for something similar, a stand out example is Eleanor Dark's Prelude to Christopher. Although written more than eighty years ago during a different phase of capitalism, the novel's passionate critique of eugenics renders it surprisingly relevant to today's educational situation.' (Author's abstract)
Biopolitics and Eleanor Dark's Prelude to Christopher Anne Maxwell , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , June vol. 26 no. 2 2011; (p. 76-90)
'In 1934 Miles Franklin described Eleanor Dark's second novel, Prelude to Christopher, as 'a terribly beautiful piece of work' (128). One of Dark's earliest critics, Franklin attributed the book's strength to the author's deft handling of a tragic theme and 'the urge to speak the naked truth' (125). Later critics emphasised the book's experimental style, especially its skilled handling o the multiple viewpoints, flashbacks and interior monologues associated with high modernism. By contrast, recent critics have focused on the novel's subject matter and Dark's engagement with the biopolitical norms that manifested in eugenics. This essay pursues that focus. It aims to flesh out the ways in which Dark's novel registers the potential impact of eugenics on liberal conceptions of freedom and to explore some of the ways in which it attempts to reclaim that freedom...(' From author's introduction p. 76)
Brave Feminism and Subversive Insanity : On the Theme of 'Prelude to Christopher' Xu Peng , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Xihua University , October vol. 29 no. 5 2010; (p. 120-122)

This article analyses how Dark's feminism impacts her concern with the relationship between madness and freedom.

Source: Abstract translated into English.

y Time and Memory in the Novels of Eleanor Dark Helen O'Reilly , Kensington : 2009 Z1596660 2009 single work thesis

'In this thesis I will demonstrate that Eleanor Dark's over-riding themes are time and memory. Time informs the structure of her novels, she juxtaposes past and present. Memory in all its aspects, personal, cultural, racial dominates both her contemporary novels and The Timeless Land trilogy. The thesis considers Dark's fiction in sequence to chart her treatment oftime and memory.

'Simultaneously Dark was reaching into her own reservoir of memory and transfiguring her own experience in the characters, events and locations of her novels. In this oblique way, and through this unique form of modelling, Dark reveals little known areas of her life. Biographically Dark remains elusive; the surface events of her life are well documented but do not account for the drama of her character portrayals, the immediacy of her perceptions of the natural world, her deep intellectual responses to art, literature and politics, as well as her preoccupation with time.

'It is my contention that Dark's creative thrust was inwards; she developed the inner processes of memory and imagination. Time and memory cohere in her novels; under scrutiny they bring new interpretations to her work, and new insights into her life.' (Author's abstract)

Finding Hy-Brazil : Eugenics and Modernism in the Pacific Susan Carson , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 35 no. 1/2 2009; (p. 124-133)

This essay provides : 'a summary of the Australian literary engagement with eugenics as a broad category, followed by a discussion of the selective aspects of national and international eugenics ideas, before moving to a fuller examination of Prelude to Christopher.' (p 125)

Linda's Linoleum : Visual Imaging in Eleanor Dark's 'Prelude to Christopher'. Helen O'Reilly , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 68 no. 1 2008; (p. 95-103)
'As the Past Coils Like a Spring' : Bridging the History of Australian Women Writers with Contemporary Australian Women Writers' Stories Odette Kelada , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lilith , vol. 15 no. 2006; (p. 48-60)
'This article draws on interview excerpts with contemporary women writers to examine how the stories of past Australian women writers can be linked with the lives of women writing in Australia at the present time' (p. 48)
The Rational Natural : Conflicts of the Modern in Eleanor Dark Nicole Moore , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 27 no. 1 2001; (p. 19-31)
Discusses the treatment of female sexuality, reproduction, birth control, abortion and maternity in Dark's fiction. Focuses on the dilemma of the 'rational woman': a 'problematic created by modernity', the conflict between 'the authority of the natural ... and the searching eye of the modern rationalist epistemologies of science'. 'In attempting to provide access to the rationalism of science for her women characters, Dark's texts set up this contest between nature and science as an unresolved or even impossible dilemma haunted by the inevitable spectre of madness' (29).
Heredity, Eugenics and Utopias Michael Wilding , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 163 2001; (p. 114-115)

— Review of Prelude to Christopher Eleanor Dark 1934 single work novel
Prelude to Eleanor Jane Sullivan , 2000 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 16 January 2000; (p. 10)
Rolling Column : Dorothy Hewett's Launch of Eleanor Dark's Prelude to Christopher Dorothy Hewett , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 220 2000; (p. 40)
Flaws in the Plan for Perfection Lesley Lebkowicz , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 8 April 2000; (p. 22)

— Review of Prelude to Christopher Eleanor Dark 1934 single work novel
New Light on Dark Stella Clarke , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 4 March 2000;

— Review of Prelude to Christopher Eleanor Dark 1934 single work novel
y Eleanor Dark : A Writer's Life Barbara Brooks , Judith Clark , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1998 Z307927 1998 single work biography
"A Hoodoo on That Book" : The Publishing Misfortunes of an Eleanor Dark Novel Drusilla Modjeska , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , Winter vol. 57 no. 2 1997; (p. 73-96)
"Heroines" in Australian Fictions: "Myths" of Adolescence Richard Rossiter , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Myths, Heroes and Anti-Heroes : Essays on the Literature and Culture of the Asia-Pacific Region 1992; (p. 81-88)
Dialogue with Dark : A Modernist Novelist, a Feminist Critique Drusilla Modjeska , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age Monthly Review , April 1986; (p. 3-6)
Novelist with World Audience Eric Lowe , 1946 single work biography
— Appears in: The Australasian Book News and Library Journal , September vol. 1 no. 3 1946; (p. 79-81)
A Reader's Notebook Nettie Palmer , 1934 single work review
— Appears in: All About Books , 12 June vol. 6 no. 6 1934; (p. 115-116)

— Review of Prelude to Christopher Eleanor Dark 1934 single work novel ; Blue North : Being a Narrative Concerning Incidents and Adventures Which Befell John Fordyce When He Went in Search of Freedom and Pearls in the Year 1876 Henrietta Drake-Brockman 1934 single work novel ; The World Is Yours G. B. Lancaster 1933 single work novel ; Three Goats on a Bender Winifred Birkett 1934 single work novel ; The Fighting Cameliers Frank Reid 1934 single work autobiography ; Blood in the Mists John Halpin 1934 single work autobiography ; Marriage at 6 a.m. Tom Clarke 1934 single work prose ; Special Correspondent Robert Bernays 1934 single work autobiography
New Australian Work Frederick T. Macartney , 1935 single work review
— Appears in: All About Books , 14 November vol. 7 no. 11 1935; (p. 180-182)

— Review of Human Drift Leonard Mann 1935 single work novel ; Anything Doing? Spartacus Smith 1935 single work novel ; Prelude to Christopher Eleanor Dark 1934 single work novel ; Black Valleys M. W. Peacock 1935 single work novel ; The Brierley Rose Leslie Haylen 1935 single work novel ; A Drover's Odyssey George McIver 1935 single work autobiography
Untitled 1935 single work review
— Appears in: The North Queensland Register , 18 May 1935; (p. 37)

— Review of Prelude to Christopher Eleanor Dark 1934 single work novel
Untitled 1934 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 14 July 1934; (p. 20)

— Review of Prelude to Christopher Eleanor Dark 1934 single work novel
Books Received 1934 single work review
— Appears in: The Central Queensland Herald , 17 May 1934; (p. 13)

— Review of Prelude to Christopher Eleanor Dark 1934 single work novel
Prelude to Christopher 1934 single work review
— Appears in: Desiderata , 1 August vol. 21 no. 1934; (p. 28)

— Review of Prelude to Christopher Eleanor Dark 1934 single work novel
Untitled 1934 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 30 May vol. 55 no. 2833 1934;

— Review of Prelude to Christopher Eleanor Dark 1934 single work novel
Untitled 1934 single work review
— Appears in: The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) , 19 May 1934;

— Review of Prelude to Christopher Eleanor Dark 1934 single work novel
Untitled 1934 single work review
— Appears in: The Herald , 19 May 1934;

— Review of Prelude to Christopher Eleanor Dark 1934 single work novel
A Modern Ophelia 1934 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25 May no. 30075 1934; (p. 5)

— Review of Prelude to Christopher Eleanor Dark 1934 single work novel
New Books 1935 single work review
— Appears in: The Opinion , 15 June - 15 July vol. 1 no. 2 1935; (p. 13-17)

— Review of Prelude to Christopher Eleanor Dark 1934 single work novel ; Autumn Leaves : Verses and Letters L. L. Politzer 1934 selected work poetry correspondence prose ; Rolling Down the Lachlan Frank Clune 1935 single work ; The Little Wench Philip Lindsay 1935 single work novel
Flaws in the Plan for Perfection Lesley Lebkowicz , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 8 April 2000; (p. 22)

— Review of Prelude to Christopher Eleanor Dark 1934 single work novel
Heredity, Eugenics and Utopias Michael Wilding , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 163 2001; (p. 114-115)

— Review of Prelude to Christopher Eleanor Dark 1934 single work novel
New Light on Dark Stella Clarke , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 4 March 2000;

— Review of Prelude to Christopher Eleanor Dark 1934 single work novel
Best Sellers and A.B.A. Recommendations 1934 single work column
— Appears in: All About Books , 12 July vol. 6 no. 7 1934; (p. 140)
Australian Literature Society [Meeting Report] F. G. G. Hynes , 1935 single work column
— Appears in: All About Books , 14 November vol. 7 no. 11 1935; (p. 190-191)
Some Australian Books 1935 single work criticism
— Appears in: All About Books , 3 December vol. 7 no. 12 1935; (p. 220-221)
An annotated list of Australian works from 1934/5, "a prolific [year] for publishing in Australia".
Fellowship of Australian Writers, Sydney [Meeting Report] Catherine Lindsay , 1936 single work column
— Appears in: All About Books , 1 December vol. 8 no. 12 1936; (p. 188, 215)
Report of the 18 November meeting to which Rees and Franklin contributed. Includes Rees' account of his conversation with Richardson in England.
Linda's Linoleum : Visual Imaging in Eleanor Dark's 'Prelude to Christopher'. Helen O'Reilly , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 68 no. 1 2008; (p. 95-103)
Novelist with World Audience Eric Lowe , 1946 single work biography
— Appears in: The Australasian Book News and Library Journal , September vol. 1 no. 3 1946; (p. 79-81)
y Time and Memory in the Novels of Eleanor Dark Helen O'Reilly , Kensington : 2009 Z1596660 2009 single work thesis

'In this thesis I will demonstrate that Eleanor Dark's over-riding themes are time and memory. Time informs the structure of her novels, she juxtaposes past and present. Memory in all its aspects, personal, cultural, racial dominates both her contemporary novels and The Timeless Land trilogy. The thesis considers Dark's fiction in sequence to chart her treatment oftime and memory.

'Simultaneously Dark was reaching into her own reservoir of memory and transfiguring her own experience in the characters, events and locations of her novels. In this oblique way, and through this unique form of modelling, Dark reveals little known areas of her life. Biographically Dark remains elusive; the surface events of her life are well documented but do not account for the drama of her character portrayals, the immediacy of her perceptions of the natural world, her deep intellectual responses to art, literature and politics, as well as her preoccupation with time.

'It is my contention that Dark's creative thrust was inwards; she developed the inner processes of memory and imagination. Time and memory cohere in her novels; under scrutiny they bring new interpretations to her work, and new insights into her life.' (Author's abstract)

Eleanor Dark M. Barnard Eldershaw , 1938 single work criticism
— Appears in: Essays in Australian Fiction 1938; (p. 182-198)
Australian Writers : 4 : Eleanor Dark M. Barnard Eldershaw , 1937 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 17 November vol. 58 no. 3014 1937; (p. 50)
Finding Hy-Brazil : Eugenics and Modernism in the Pacific Susan Carson , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 35 no. 1/2 2009; (p. 124-133)

This essay provides : 'a summary of the Australian literary engagement with eugenics as a broad category, followed by a discussion of the selective aspects of national and international eugenics ideas, before moving to a fuller examination of Prelude to Christopher.' (p 125)

Brave Feminism and Subversive Insanity : On the Theme of 'Prelude to Christopher' Xu Peng , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Xihua University , October vol. 29 no. 5 2010; (p. 120-122)

This article analyses how Dark's feminism impacts her concern with the relationship between madness and freedom.

Source: Abstract translated into English.

Editorial 1934 single work criticism
— Appears in: Desiderata , 1 August vol. 21 no. 1934; (p. 3)
'In the steady flow of books by Australian authors, whether published here or overseas, it is interesting to observe how Australian literature is growing up. Where hitherto knowledge, sophistication, breadth of mind, cosmopolitan thought, and ability to write appeared only at infrequent intervals, tended and sheltered like some hothouse plant, there is now found hardy growth in the open air.' (From Author’s introduction)
'As the Past Coils Like a Spring' : Bridging the History of Australian Women Writers with Contemporary Australian Women Writers' Stories Odette Kelada , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lilith , vol. 15 no. 2006; (p. 48-60)
'This article draws on interview excerpts with contemporary women writers to examine how the stories of past Australian women writers can be linked with the lives of women writing in Australia at the present time' (p. 48)
Biopolitics and Eleanor Dark's Prelude to Christopher Anne Maxwell , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , June vol. 26 no. 2 2011; (p. 76-90)
'In 1934 Miles Franklin described Eleanor Dark's second novel, Prelude to Christopher, as 'a terribly beautiful piece of work' (128). One of Dark's earliest critics, Franklin attributed the book's strength to the author's deft handling of a tragic theme and 'the urge to speak the naked truth' (125). Later critics emphasised the book's experimental style, especially its skilled handling o the multiple viewpoints, flashbacks and interior monologues associated with high modernism. By contrast, recent critics have focused on the novel's subject matter and Dark's engagement with the biopolitical norms that manifested in eugenics. This essay pursues that focus. It aims to flesh out the ways in which Dark's novel registers the potential impact of eugenics on liberal conceptions of freedom and to explore some of the ways in which it attempts to reclaim that freedom...(' From author's introduction p. 76)
Education, Literature and the Emotions : A Salute to Eleanor Dark’s Prelude to Christopher Anne Maxwell , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 12 no. 1 2012;
'The current neoliberal climate has seen important changes to what is being taught to Humanities students in the Higher Education sector. With the emphasis increasingly on courses that make money and prepare students for vocations what is being lost is the kinds of reading practices and reading experiences that make for thoughtful caring citizens.

Both the writer Margaret Atwood in her novel Oryx and Crake and the philosopher Martha Nussbaum in her Not For Profit: Why Democracy needs the Humanities have reflected on the ways in which the study of literature and the arts contribute to the notion of a caring society and thoughtful global citizens. Nussbaum in particular has emphasised the importance of reading and teaching literature that values the finer emotions- those that cultivate justice, compassion, and empathy, seeing in these the pathway to what she calls human flourishing. I argue that of Australian literary texts that aim for something similar, a stand out example is Eleanor Dark's Prelude to Christopher. Although written more than eighty years ago during a different phase of capitalism, the novel's passionate critique of eugenics renders it surprisingly relevant to today's educational situation.' (Author's abstract)
Prelude to Eleanor Jane Sullivan , 2000 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 16 January 2000; (p. 10)
y Eleanor Dark : A Writer's Life Barbara Brooks , Judith Clark , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1998 Z307927 1998 single work biography
Rereading Prelude to Christopher Barbara Brooks , 1934-1999 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Prelude to Christopher 1999; (p. 185-189)
Rolling Column : Dorothy Hewett's Launch of Eleanor Dark's Prelude to Christopher Dorothy Hewett , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 220 2000; (p. 40)
"Heroines" in Australian Fictions: "Myths" of Adolescence Richard Rossiter , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Myths, Heroes and Anti-Heroes : Essays on the Literature and Culture of the Asia-Pacific Region 1992; (p. 81-88)
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