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Issue Details: First known date: 1934... 1934 Prelude to Christopher
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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

    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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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

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)
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)
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.

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
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)
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