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Issue Details: First known date: 1979... 1979 Hunting the Wild Pineapple and Other Related Stories
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'Leverson, the narrator at the centre of these stories, calls himself a 'people freak.' Seduced by north Queensland's sultry beauty and unique strangeness, he is as fascinated by the invading hordes of misfits from the south as by the old established Queenslanders. Leverson's ironical yet compassionate view makes every story, every incident, a pointed example of human weakness – or strength.'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Penguin).

Contents

* Contents derived from the Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,:Nelson , 1979 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
North : Some Compass Readings : Eden, Thea Astley , single work short story (p. 1-33)
Petals from Blown Roses, Thea Astley , single work short story (p. 95-110)
Write Me, Son, Write Me, Thea Astley , single work short story (p. 145-158)
* Contents derived from the Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,:Penguin , 1981 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
North : Some Compass Readings : Eden, Thea Astley , single work short story (p. 1-33)
The Curate Breaker, Thea Astley , single work short story
The imperiousness with which a Catholic priest treats his aged father is vividly brought to his attention when he recognises aspects of his own behaviour in an Anglican priest's appalling treatment of his wife.
(p. 35-59)
Hunting the Wild Pineapple, Thea Astley , single work short story
A brash and flashy fruit-farmer has a manner of entertaining his guests that fails to favourably impress at least one of them.
(p. 61-76)
A Northern Belle, Thea Astley , single work short story
A young girl's spirited attitude to life seems to contrast that of her conservative mother's. However, many years later, to her chagrin and regret, she finds her long-dead mother's influence asserting itself.
(p. 77-94)
Petals from Blown Roses, Thea Astley , single work short story (p. 95-110)
Ladies Need Only Apply, Thea Astley , single work short story
On extended leave from her teaching job, a woman in her forties accepts an offer as companion for a reclusive music teacher. Their seclusion, compounded by the monsoonal wet, provokes a contest of strength of will and purpose between them.
(p. 111-144)
Write Me, Son, Write Me, Thea Astley , single work short story (p. 145-158)
A Man Who is Tired of Swiper's Creek is Tired of Life, Thea Astley , single work short story
Bored with his routine life in a country town, a motel-owner accepts an offer to stay at an isolated shack. Whilst there, his encounters with a transient young couple prompt him to return home.
(p. 159-175)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Nelson , 1979 .
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      Extent: 175p.
      ISBN: 0170054055
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1981 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 175p.
      ISBN: 0140058435
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
      :
      G. P. Putnam's Sons ,
      1991 .
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      Extent: 175p.
      Edition info: 1st American ed.
      ISBN: 0399135618

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Works about this Work

Double Trouble : The Teacher/Satirist Duality in Thea Astley’s Critical Writings Kate Cantrell , Lesley Hawkes , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: Queensland Review , December vol. 26 no. 2 2019; (p. 218-231)

'Over a fifty-year period, from 1944 to 1994, Thea Astley published a number of critical writings, including essays, newspaper articles and reviews, and short reflections and meditations on her craft. Despite a renewed interest in Astley’s work, however, most critical interrogations of her oeuvre focus on her novels, and more recently her poetry. As a result, Astley’s critical writing has not been afforded the same breadth and depth of investigation as her fiction. This lacuna is troubling, since Astley’s critical works are important not only for their insight, but for what they reveal about Astley’s self-representation, and in particular the dual identity that she embodied as both a teacher and a satirist. This article argues that these dual roles emerge clearly in Astley’s essays and in fact are inextricable from many of her works. Further, the tensions between these two personae — Astley as teacher and Astley as satirist — reveal natural overlaps with her imaginative writing, and reflect her changing ideas about fiction writing, literature, and education.' (Publication abstract)

Thea Astley's Failed Eden Paul Genoni , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Thea Astley's Fictional Worlds 2006; (p. 153-163)
Thea Astley : Exploring the Centre Paul Genoni , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Subverting the Empire : Explorers and Exploration in Australian Fiction 2004; (p. 97-144)
'Words Wrenched Out of Amusement and Pain' : Thea Astley's Musical Style Bruce A. Clunies Ross , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: 'And What Books Do You Read?' : New Studies in Australian Literature 1996; (p. 151-163) Thea Astley's Fictional Worlds 2006; (p. 116-125)
[Review] Hunting the Wild Pineapple Carolyn Bliss , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: World Literature Today , Winter vol. 66 no. 1 1992; (p. 202)

— Review of Hunting the Wild Pineapple and Other Related Stories Thea Astley , 1979 selected work short story
Various Reviews Bruce A. Clunies Ross , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 3 no. 2 1981; (p. 148-151)

— Review of The Peach Groves Barbara Hanrahan , 1979 single work novel ; The Everlasting Secret Family and Other Secrets Frank Moorhouse , 1980 selected work short story ; Hunting the Wild Pineapple and Other Related Stories Thea Astley , 1979 selected work short story ; War Crimes : Short Stories Peter Carey , 1979 selected work short story
Dropouts' Heaven 1979 single work review criticism
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller and Publisher , August 1979; (p. 82)

— Review of Hunting the Wild Pineapple and Other Related Stories Thea Astley , 1979 selected work short story
Thea Astley's True North Helen Frizell , 1979 single work review criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22 September 1979; (p. 17)

— Review of Hunting the Wild Pineapple and Other Related Stories Thea Astley , 1979 selected work short story
An Emotional Fruit Salad Katharine England , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 13 October 1979; (p. 28)

— Review of Hunting the Wild Pineapple and Other Related Stories Thea Astley , 1979 selected work short story
Atmosphere of Moods and Tension Neil Jillett , 1979 single work review criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 24 November 1979; (p. 27)

— Review of Hunting the Wild Pineapple and Other Related Stories Thea Astley , 1979 selected work short story
Queensland Literature : Is It Different? Garry Winter , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 15 no. 3 1987; (p. 45-51)
Thea Astley : Exploring the Centre Paul Genoni , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Subverting the Empire : Explorers and Exploration in Australian Fiction 2004; (p. 97-144)
Thea Astley's Failed Eden Paul Genoni , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Thea Astley's Fictional Worlds 2006; (p. 153-163)
The Short Story is Alive and Well Laurie Clancy , 1980 single work
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 26 1980; (p. 3-5)
Thea Astley : 'Before Feminism... After Femininism' Brian Matthews , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: Romantics and Mavericks : The Australian Short Story 1987; (p. 16-22) Thea Astley's Fictional Worlds 2006; (p. 72-76)
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