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Issue Details: First known date: 1972... 1972 The Acolyte
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'It is told in the first person by “the acolyte,” Paul Vesper. The novel traces the career of a fictional Australian musician and composer named Jack Holberg. Beginning in obscurity as a piano player in Grogbusters, a dreary little Queensland town, the blind Holberg eventually gains international recognition as a composer. Vesper, who had met Holberg during his less renowned period, gives up an engineering career to serve the great man—in a sense, to become his eyes. '  (Publication summary)

Affiliation Notes

  • Writing Disability in Australia:

    See C.A. Cranston's dissertation 'Deformity as Device in the Twentieth-century Australian Novel'.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1972 .
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      Extent: 158p.
      ISBN: 0207124221

      Holdings

      Held at: Monash University Monash University Library
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Two by Astley : A Kindness Cup and The Acolyte Thea Astley , New York (City) : G. P. Putnam's Sons , 1988 Z116772 1988 selected work novel New York (City) : G. P. Putnam's Sons , 1988 pg. [137]-287
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Penguin ,
      1990 .
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      Extent: 1vp.
      Note/s:
      • Published December 1, 1990

      ISBN: 9780140117844

Works about this Work

The Solid Mandala and Patrick White’s Late Modernity Nicholas Birns , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 4 no. 1 2011;
'This essay contends that the Australian novelist Patrick White (1912-1990) presents, in his novel The Solid Mandala (1966), a prototypical evocation of late modernity that indicates precisely why and how it was different from the neoliberal and postmodern era that succeeded it. Late modernity is currently emerging as a historical period, though still a nascent and contested one. Robert Hassan speaks of the 1950-1970 era as a period which, in its 'Fordist' mode of production maintained a certain conformity yet held off the commoditisation of later neoliberalism's 'network-driven capitalism'. This anchors the sense of 'late modernity,' that will operate in this essay, though my sense of the period also follows on definitions of the term established, in very different contexts, by Edward Lucie-Smith and Tyrus Miller.' (Author's introduction)
Thea Astley : Writing in Overpoweringly a Male Dominated Literary World Megha Trivedi , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Indian Review of World Literature in English , July vol. 6 no. 2 2010;
This paper is an attempt to explore different themes in the novels of Thea Astley.(p. 1)
Are there Really Angels in Carlton? Australian Literature and Theology Noel Rowe , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ethical Investigations : Essays on Australian Literature and Poetics 2008; (p. 30-59)
The Acolyte : Thea Astley (1925-2004) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 222-226)
In Xanadu Did Kubla Khan , A Stately Pleasure Dome Decree Frank Moorhouse , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 17-18 December 2006; (p. 16-19)
From personal experience, novelist Frank Moorhouse explores how the Gold Coast has captured the Australian literary imagination.
Feeding Off Others Laurie Clancy , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 14 October 1972; (p. 17)

— Review of The Acolyte Thea Astley , 1972 single work novel
Thea Astley Aiming at What? Bill Fraser , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 14 October 1972; (p. 15)

— Review of The Acolyte Thea Astley , 1972 single work novel
Critics' Choice Cherry Grimm , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9 December 1972; (p. 22)

— Review of The Acolyte Thea Astley , 1972 single work novel
Critics' Choice John Douglas Pringle , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9 December 1972; (p. 22)

— Review of The Acolyte Thea Astley , 1972 single work novel
From Harvard to Heaven Joan Flanagan , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 17 May 1980; (p. 23)

— Review of The Acolyte Thea Astley , 1972 single work novel
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)
Grant Winner Wants Only to Write Geraldine Pascall , 1973 single work
— Appears in: The Australian , 11 April 1973; (p. 3)
The Acolyte : Thea Astley (1925-2004) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 222-226)
Are there Really Angels in Carlton? Australian Literature and Theology Noel Rowe , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ethical Investigations : Essays on Australian Literature and Poetics 2008; (p. 30-59)
Thea Astley : Writing in Overpoweringly a Male Dominated Literary World Megha Trivedi , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Indian Review of World Literature in English , July vol. 6 no. 2 2010;
This paper is an attempt to explore different themes in the novels of Thea Astley.(p. 1)
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