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Issue Details: First known date: 1988... 1988 Oscar and Lucinda
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'Oscar Hopkins is an Oxford seminarian with a passion for gambling. Lucinda Leplastrier is a Sydney heiress with a fascination for glass. The year is 1864. When they meet on the boat to Australia their lives will be forever changed ...'

(Source: Publisher's website)

Adaptations

form y separately published work icon Oscar and Lucinda Laura Jones , ( dir. Gillian Armstrong ) Australia United States of America (USA) : Dalton Films Meridian Films Fox Searchlight Pictures , 1997 Z840663 1997 single work film/TV

In England during the early 1800s, Oscar, a young but good-hearted misfit, believes that God has given him a sign to leave his father and his faith and join the Church of England while Lucinda, a teenaged Australian heiress, has a strong desire to liberate her sex from the confines of male-dominated culture. She buys a glass factory, and dreams of building a church made almost entirely of glass and then transporting it to the Australian outback. Oscar and Lucinda meet on a ship going to Australia; once there, they are each ostracised from society for different reasons, and join forces. Since both are passionate gamblers, Lucinda bets Oscar her entire inheritance that he cannot transport the glass church to the outback safely. Oscar accepts her wager, and this leads to the events that change both their lives forever.

Oscar and Lucinda Pierce Wilcox , Elliott Gyger (composer), 2019 single work musical theatre opera

Notes

  • A chapter entitled 'A Degree from Oxford' (Chapter 74) was omitted from the first British and Australian editions and re-instated in subsequent editions.
  • Other formats: Also published in braille format.

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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      Faber ,
      1988 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 512p.
      ISBN: 0571148123
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Knopf ,
      2011 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 448p.
      Edition info: Movie tie-in edition
      ISBN: 9780307787132
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2015 .
      Extent: 688p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 22 April 2015
      ISBN: 9780143571230
Notes:
This version includes Chapter 74 'A Degree from Oxford' not included in the first British and Australian editions.

Works about this Work

Protesting 1938 & 1988 – from Capricornia to Oscar & Lucinda Craig Munro , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , September 2018;

'I first read Xavier Herbert’s remarkable novel Capricornia in 1972 – the year I was married – and it led to several heated discussions with my newly acquired father-in-law. Later I discovered that his grazier forebears had been – for their time – enlightened squatters. Around 1900, they commissioned Steele Rudd’s father, the ex-convict Thomas Davis, to write a memoir of his early days on the Darling Downs. As well as a frank account of frontier violence, it included an extensive glossary of Aboriginal words.'  (Introduction)

Viaxes Literarias E Culturais Entre Galicia E Australia María Jesús Lorenzo Modia , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Rosendo Salvado Eo Aborixe of Australia 2015; (p. 209-228)
On the Representation of Feminism in Oscar and Lucinda Liang Jing , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Oceanic Literary Studies , December no. 1 2014; (p. 199-210)
Through a Sheet of Glass : The Ethics of Reading in Peter Carey's Oscar and Lucinda Erica Lombard , Mike Marais , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Literary Studies , vol. 29 no. 1 2013; (p. 50-66)
'This article explores the epistemological implications of one of the most striking features in Peter Carey's Oscar and Lucinda ([1988]1997): its systematic frustration of the expectations of its readers. Through an examination of its use of narratorial deception and its skilful deployment of irony, the article argues that the novel prevents readers from occupying a detached position in relation to it and its themes. Particular attention is given to its concern with the provisional nature of human ways of seeing, exemplified by the metaphor of glass that is developed throughout the novel. Oscar and Lucinda compels readers to reflect on the subject position they take up in relation to it, and, in so doing, on their implication in cultural systems of knowledge that seek to contain and eradicate what is deemed unruly. The article suggests, ultimately, that the ethical project in Oscar and Lucinda is performative in nature, and that its success relies on the extent to which it is able to alert readers to the limitations of their ways of knowing, and, consequently, the importance of respecting the otherness of others.' (Publisher's abstract)

Re-Viewing History : Bicentennial Fictions Jo Jones , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013; (p. 447-483)
Untitled Melissa Bellanta , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: JAS Review of Books , April no. 14 2003;

— Review of Jack Maggs Peter Carey , 1997 single work novel ; The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith Peter Carey , 1994 single work novel ; Oscar and Lucinda Peter Carey , 1988 single work novel ; Illywhacker Peter Carey , 1985 single work novel ; The Tax Inspector Peter Carey , 1991 single work novel ; Collected Stories Peter Carey , 1994 selected work short story
Untitled Rod Moran , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Review , August vol. 3 no. 8 1988; (p. 15)

— Review of Oscar and Lucinda Peter Carey , 1988 single work novel
Untitled E. F. (fl. 2006) , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die 2006; (p. 766)

— Review of Oscar and Lucinda Peter Carey , 1988 single work novel
Plotting (2) : a Quarterly Account of Recent Fiction D. J. O'Hearn , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , May no. 114 1989; (p. 52-57)

— Review of Down the Breakie W. R. Olson , 1989 single work novel ; Dear You Kate Llewellyn , 1988 single work novel ; Oscar and Lucinda Peter Carey , 1988 single work novel ; The Velodrome Liam Davison , 1988 single work novel ; The Best Picture Barry Hill , 1988 single work novel
Glass Bead Game John Slavin , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Age Monthly Review , October 1988; (p. 5-6)

— Review of Oscar and Lucinda Peter Carey , 1988 single work novel
Altering Horizons : An Aesthetic of Reception and Reproduction in Oscar and Lucinda Alice Healy , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies in the 21st Century 2001; (p. [145]-150)
"[Explores] the changing conditions under which texts, such as Oscar and Lucinda are read, interpreted, translated and reproduced by using the theories of [Hans Robert] Jauss and [Wolfgang] Iser."
Dominionisation or Infiltration : Religion and the Territorial Imperative in Post-Colonial Writing Dorothy Lane , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Resistance and Reconciliation : Writing in the Commonwealth 2003; (p. 114-129)
Colonial Folly : Peter Carey's Oscar and Lucinda (1988) Luke Strongman , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Booker Prize and the Legacy of Empire 2002; (p. 93-99)
A Prophetic Vision of the Past : Allegories of Difference in Shasi Tharoor's The Great Indian Novel and Peter Carey's Oscar and Lucinda Bill Ashcroft , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Austral-Asian Encounters : From Literature and Women's Studies to Politics and Tourism 2003; (p. 226-242)
Land Nationalisers, Single Taxers and Environmentalism in Late Nineteenth Century Australia Melissa Bellanta , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Melbourne Historical Journal , vol. 32 no. 2004; (p. 13-30)
The paper explores and early form of environmentalism in Australia, the agrarian radicalism of the late nineteenth century.
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    England,
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    United Kingdom (UK),
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    Western Europe, Europe,
  • Sydney, New South Wales,
  • Bellingen, Dorrigo - Bellingen area, New England, New South Wales,
  • 1860s
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