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y My Brother Jack : A Novel single work   novel  
Is part of Meredith Trilogy George Johnston 1964 series - author (number 1 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 1964 1964
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''The thing I am trying to get at is what made Jack different from me. Different all through our lives, I mean, and in a special sense, not just older or nobler or braver or less clever.'

'David and Jack Meredith grow up in a patriotic suburban Melbourne household during the First World War, and go on to lead lives that could not be more different. Through the story of the two brothers, George Johnston created an enduring exploration of two Australian myths: that of the man who loses his soul as he gains worldly success, and that of the tough, honest Aussie battler, whose greatest ambition is to serve his country during the war. Acknowledged as one of the true Australian classics, My Brother Jack is a deeply satisfying, complex and moving literary masterpiece. ' (Publication summary)

Adaptations

form y My Brother Jack Charmian Clift , Australia : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1965 Z896636 1965 series - publisher film/TV

An historical drama series set largely in the suburbs of Melbourne between the 1920s and World War II, much of the film's action centres on the lives of young Davey, his older brother Jack, and their family.

Notes

  • Also published in large print, braille and sound recording formats. Study notes also available.
  • The fictional printing company 'Klebendorf and Hardt' where David Meredith is apprenticed is modelled on the firm of Troedel and Cooper, where George Johnston was an apprentice in the 1930s.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,: Collins , 1987 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Introduction : My Brother Jack, Garry Kinnane , 1987 single work criticism (p. xiii-xix)
* Contents derived from the Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1990 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Introduction, Brian Matthews , 1990 single work criticism
Matthews looks at the theme of death and life in the novel and its embodiment in the characters of David and Jack Meredith.
(p. v-xv)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Sydney, New South Wales,: Collins , 1964 .
      Extent: 383p.
      Note/s:
      • Published in Britain in January 1964. Published in Australia in March 1964
      • Dedication: for my own brother Jack...
      • Epigraph by Andre Gide
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      William Morrow , 1965 .
      Extent: 415p.
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Sydney, New South Wales,: Collins , 1966 .
      Extent: 316p.
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Fontana , 1967 .
      Extent: 348p.
      ISBN: 0006169570, 0006127754
  • Appears in:
    y The Meredith Trilogy George Johnston , Sydney : Collins , 1988 Z429180 1988 selected work novel Sydney : Collins , 1988 pg. 1-369
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Collins , 1988 .
      Extent: xiii, 367p.p.
      ISBN: 0732225582
    • Sydney South, South Sydney area, Sydney Southern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins , 2013 .
      8615614215210071572.jpg
      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 384p.
      ISBN: 9780732297046, 0732297044
      Series: y A and R Classics Angus and Robertson (publisher), Z1411167 series - publisher

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(Note: These interview tapes are held by the National Library of Australia; an abbreviated version of the interviews appears in Helix (1982).)

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— Appears in: Australian Studies in Journalism , no. 10-11 2002; (p. 106-134)
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Untitled Neil Jillett , 1964 single work review
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Untitled Keith Thomas , 1964 single work review
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— Review of My Brother Jack : A Novel George Johnston 1964 single work novel ; Coonardoo : The Well in the Shadow Katharine Susannah Prichard 1928 single work novel ; For Love Alone Christina Stead 1944 single work novel ; Ride on Stranger Kylie Tennant 1943 single work novel
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(Source: The Age, (Insight), 21 August 2004 p.4)
The Magic of Journalism in George Johnston's Fiction David Conley , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies in Journalism , no. 10-11 2002; (p. 106-134)
About 200 Australian journalists have written novels in the past two centuries. None has achieved wider popular acclaim than the dual Miles Franklin Award winner, George Johnston. In 1995 his novel My Brother Jack (1964) was named one of the 20th century's twelve most influential Australian books. In 1984, it was voted, by a wide margin, the best novel published in Australia since 1945. Yet Johnston's critical recognition has been comparatively sparse and there has been no detailed examination of how his journalism influenced his fiction. This article argues that Johnston's training and experience in journalism informed and enabled his fiction, thereby helping to shape Australia's national identity. Privileged by journalism's much misunderstood magic, his search for meaning in that identity helped to shape his own identity. In addressing that misunderstanding, this paper calls for a new interdisciplinary partnership between scholars in literature and journalism so that the journalistic inheritance in so many novels can be more comprehensively examined. (Author's abstract)
My Brother Jack : George Johnston (1912-1970) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 172-176)
y Between the City and the Bush: Suburbia in the Contemporary Australian Novel Nathanael O'Reilly , Kalamazoo : 2008 Z1612172 2008 single work thesis 'Australia's most important national narratives take place in the bush, the outback, and overseas. The dominant representations of Australia, both within the nation and abroad, focus on the outback, the bush and the cities. However, Australia is one of the most suburban societies in the world, and has been since the mid-nineteenth-century. Nevertheless, Australian novels are rarely set in suburbia. Between the City and the Bush examines representations of suburbia in contemporary Australian novels. Focusing on the relationship between colonialism, the physical development of suburbia and the anti-suburban intellectual tradition, my chapters address a number of issues, including immigration, environmental degradation, Indigenous rights, non-indigenous belonging, alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, sexuality, religion and spirituality, and the role of the artist in society. This dissertation outlines the history of the anti-suburban intellectual tradition within Australia, the connections between the British, American and Australian anti-suburban intellectual traditions, and the effect of the anti-suburban tradition on Australian literature and Australian literary criticism, before proceeding to analyze eleven novels. This project examines novels published between 1961 and 2005, demonstrating the establishment, development and perpetuation of the anti-suburban tradition in the Australian novel. The second and third chapters argue against the dominant critical perception of Patrick White's canonical novels Riders in the Chariot (1961) and The Solid Mandala (1966) as anti-suburban, contending that White's novels present suburbia ambivalently, including both celebratory and disparaging representations. I demonstrate that the anti-suburban tradition in the Australian novel was established by George Johnston with his classic novel My Brother Jack (1964), and show that the anti-suburban tradition was perpetuated throughout the following four decades by David Malouf, Tim Winton, Melissa Lucashenko and A.L. McCann. In the final two chapters, I argue that Gerald Murnane and Peter Carey reject the anti-suburban tradition and utilize suburbia as a setting for fictional experimentation and intensive engagement with social issues, demonstrating that suburbia, the site in which most Australian live, contains a wealth of subjects for novelists' (author's abstract).
Jack and George : Who Owns a Life? Chester Eagle , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Well in the Shadow : A Writer's Journey through Australian Literature 2010; (p. 12-29)

'A discussion of George Johnston's My Brother Jack in the light of two interviews with Jack and Pat Johnston on 29/7/1980 and 20/8/1980.' (Author's note.)

(Note: These interview tapes are held by the National Library of Australia; an abbreviated version of the interviews appears in Helix (1982).)

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— Appears in: Reading Across the Pacific : Australia-United States Intellectual Histories 2010; (p. 339-359)
'This paper will attempt to describe the determining factors and structural patterns of relations between Australian books and American publishers from the 19th century to the present. Its central question will be: how did 'Australian books' find their way to American publishers? Can we discern any distinctive patterns over time or for particular genres, or simply an accumulation of one-off cases? To what extent, if at all, did the traffic in Australian books depend on cultural symmetries? Did Australian books travel as Australian or British books? In what ways were they dependent upon relations between Australian (or British) publishers or literary agents and their American counterparts? What role did international copyright regimes or trade agreements play? And how might the American connection change our understanding of 'Australian literature'?' (Author's abstract)
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— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 5 March 2011; (p. 15)
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— Appears in: Notorious Australian Women 2011; (p. 232-245)
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— Appears in: The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture , 16 February vol. 1 no. 1 2012; (p. 51-66)
'The critical acclaim enjoyed by such recent Australian graphic novels as Shaun Tan's The Arrival (2006) and Nicki Greenberg's adaptation of The Great Gatsby (2007) suggested that Australia had finally 'caught up' with the United States and Britain, by embracing the graphic novel as a legitimate creative medium, on a par with literature and cinema. The media interest generated by a succession of Australian graphic novels during recent years often implied that their very existence was a relatively new phenomenon. Accepting this premise without question, however, overlooks the evolution of the graphic novel in Australia, early examples of which - such as Syd Nicholls' Middy Malone: A Book Pirates (1941) - date back to the 1940s. Documenting how historical changes in the production and dissemination of graphic novels in Australia have influenced their critical and popular reception therefore creates new opportunities to explore a largely overlooked facet of Australian print culture. Furthermore, the study of the graphic novel in an exclusively Australian context provides a new perspective for re-examining the origins, definitions and, indeed, the limitations of the term 'graphic novel', and extends the parameters of the academic literature devoted to the medium beyond the traditionally dominant Anglo-American focus.' (Author's abstract)
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— Appears in: The Australian Library Journal , June vol. 60 no. 2 2011; (p. 144-154)
'An exploration is made of the ways in which librarians have been depicted in Australian creative writing. Reference is made to characters in novels, short stories, drama and poetry. With respect to novels, there is some consideration of characterisation and its relationship to plot.' Michael Middleton.
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— Appears in: Teaching Australian Literature : From Classroom Conversations to National Imaginings 2011; (p. 108-128)
'Remember the days of the old school yard? I do. More precisely, I remember much of what took place in my senior English classroom. More than a quarter of a century later, I can still recall the excitement I felt in reading particular books and authors for the first time. What I do not recall, however, is an instance of the nationality of an author influencing my engagement with their writing. For example, thinking back on why I enjoyed reading My Brother Jack, I recollect I found George Johnston's central character David Meredith appealing, but not as a representation of what it is to be an Australian. The Australia of My Brother Jack is certainly not the Australia I knew in the early 1980s, and David Meredith's experiences seemed as foreign to me then as the poets-of-origin of the clipper ships which so fascinated him. I was drawn to Meredith because of his determination to be free and - if I am honest - I hoped that I might one day end up partnered with my Cressida Morley. Is there anything exclusively Australian about David Meredith's yearning for freedom? I don't think so, not least because my reading of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tennyson's 'Ulysses' in that same school year suggested parallels in the motivations of all three characters.' (From author's preface, 108)
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— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 13 May 2012; (p. 17)
Word on the Street 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 13 May 2012; (p. 17)
Inside out in Australia Peter Ellingsen , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 71 no. 1 2012; (p. 56-62)
'The notion of an inner life - just like the idea of an inland - has long been equated with emptiness in Australia. Terms such as 'dead heart' to denote the red centre and 'outback' to describe regions outside coastal cities suggest that, in Australia, the inner is on the outer. Even in the metropolis there is, as D.H. Lawrence noted when he visited Sydney, a terrifying vacancy. Australians, he wrote in his novel Kangaroo, were 'awfully nice but they have got nothing inside them'. For Patrick White, this was the Great Australian Emptiness, an environment in which 'the mind is the least of possessions, in which the rich man is the important man, in which the schoolmaster and the journalist rule what intellectual roost there is ...' (Author's abstract)
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— Appears in: Exploring Suburbia: The Suburbs in the Contemporary Australian Novel 2012; (p. 83-136)
'Before It is Too Late' : George Johnston and the Doppler Effect John Scheckter , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian & New Zealand Studies in Canada , Spring no. 5 1991; (p. 115-130)
Gerrymander : The Place of Suburbia in Australian Fiction Robin Gerster , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 49 no. 3 1990; (p. 565-575) Populous Places : Australian Cities and Towns 1992; (p. 19-30)
Biography and Fiction : George Johnston's Meredith Trilogy and Garry Kinane's Biography F. H. Mares , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 13 no. 3 1988; (p. 357-364)
George Johnston Peter Sekuless , 1999-1998 single work biography
— Appears in: A Handful of Hacks 1999; (p. 85-101)
George's Brother Jack Chester Eagle , 1982 extract interview
— Appears in: Helix , no. 11/12 1982; (p. 154-169)
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