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Issue Details: First known date: 1944... 1944 For Love Alone
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'Superbly evoking life in Sydney and London in the 1930s, For Love Alone is the story of the intelligent and determined Teresa Hawkins, who believes in passionate love and yearns to experience it. She focuses her energy on Jonathan Crow, an unlikeable and arrogant man whom she follows to London after four long years of working in a factory and living at home with her loveless family. Reunited with Crow in London, she begins to realise that perhaps he is not as worthy of her affections as originally thought and abandons her idealised vision of love for something quite different.' (From Melbourne University Publishing's website, new ed., 2011)


form y For Love Alone Stephen Henry Wallace , Australia : Western Film Productions , 1986 Z1681955 1986 single work film/TV

Set in Australia in the 1930s, For Love Alone is the story of Teresa, a poor young woman in love with a dashing but arrogant teacher who preaches free love and watered-down socialist precepts. She follows him to England, meeting a gentle banker en route. The film follows her relationships as they are transformed in England.


  • Adapted for the 1986 film For Love Alone directed by Stephen Wallace. Screenplay by Stephen Wallace.

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Alternative title: Sola per amore
Language: Italian

Works about this Work

Guide to the Classics : Christina Stead’s The Beauties and Furies Margaret Harris , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 26 September 2016;
'From the beginning Christina Stead’s fiction divided critical opinion, and reactions to The Beauties and Furies, her second novel, were no exception. Where some saw “garrulous pretentiousness”, Clifton Fadiman in the New Yorker found “such streaming imagination, such tireless wit, such intellectual virtuosity” that Stead must be recognised as “the most extraordinary woman novelist produced by the English-speaking race since Virginia Woolf”. ...'
Resisting Judgement in Christina Stead : Critical Writing of the 1980s Ann Blake , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 4 2014;
'Jonathan Franzen writing in 2010 in The New York Times deplored the neglect of Christina Stead, and especially of her masterpiece, The Man Who Loved Children. He quoted a 1980 study of the 100 most-cited literary writers of the twentieth century, based on scholarly citations, which made no mention of Stead. He continued: ‘This would be less puzzling if Stead and her best novel didn’t positively cry out for academic criticism of every stripe. Especially confounding is that The Man Who Loved Children has failed to become a core text in every women’s studies program in the country’ (12). Franzen’s complaint is of course an old story, and what is true of this novel is true of her work as a whole. Her first two books, published originally in England, appeared with considerable acclaim there and in Australia. After thirty years of mixed reviews, she at last won accolades and prizes, but has not managed to hold a sure place in the Western canon, or with the common reader. Among writers, however, she has a vocal following, Franzen being the latest in a distiguished list. ' (Author's introduction)
Re-encountering Christina Stead : Why Read ‘Workshop in the Novel’? Alison Burns , R. A. Goodrich , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : Journal of Writing and Writing Courses , April vol. 18 no. 1 2014;

'Despite waves of interest in the work of Christina Stead, one aspect of her writing life has been largely neglected. From September 1943, she taught three series of extended writing workshops in New York and in the process left more than three hundred pages documenting her teaching. The question motivating this paper is: Why should we, as writers and teachers of writing, read her writing workshop notebooks nowadays? This paper will place Stead’s workshop in the context of the development of institutional teaching of novel writing and her emergence as a major writer. It will briefly examine how the notebooks have previously been understood and offer a closer analysis than has been made to date of the notebooks and their content and of the key issues raised by them. In particular, we shall explore her pedagogic focus upon workshop participants developing a rigorous, analytical approach to crafting novels and her extensive use of Georges Polti’s Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations to achieve this. That, in turn, will enable us to assess what the notebooks independently reveal about her beliefs regarding the novel and its purpose. ' (Publication summary)

Literature of the Pacific, Mainly Australian Peter Pierce , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Etropic : Electronic Journal of Studies in the Tropics , vol. 12 no. 2 2013; (p. 210-219)

This lecture is in some ways the ‘lost’ chapter of The Cambridge History of Australian Literature (2009), one eventually not written because the projected author could find not enough literary material even in that vast Pacific Ocean, or perhaps found – as mariners have – only far separated specks in that ocean. Yet Australian literature about the nation’s Pacific littoral and the islands within the ocean and the ocean itself is varied, considerable, and often eccentric. Our greatest drinking song is Barry Humphries’s ‘The Old Pacific Sea’. The Japs and the jungle are the hallmarks of fiction, poetry and reportage of the Pacific War of 1942-5. New Guinea has attracted such writers as James McAuley, Peter Ryan, Trevor Shearston, Randolph Stow and Drusilla Modjeska. The short stories of Louis Becke are the most extensive and iconoclastic writing about the Pacific by any Australian. Yet the literature of the Pacific littoral seems thinner than that of the Indian Ocean. The map on the title page of Rolf Boldrewood’s A Modern Buccaneer (1894) shows those afore-mentioned specks in a vast expanse of water. What aesthetic challenges have Pacific writing posed and how have they been met? Have the waters of the Pacific satisfied Australians as a near offshore playground but defeated wider efforts of the imagination? ' (Publication summary)

'Our Kind of Country' : Writing Australia from New Mexico Nicholas Jose , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Magnificent Obsessions : Honouring the Lives of Hazel Rowley 2013; (p. 104-121)
Classic Tales of Discovery Laurie Clancy , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7-8 July 1990; (p. rev 7)

— 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
The Need to Admit Truth in the Quest for Self Veronica Sen , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 8 July 1990; (p. 18)

— 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 ; The House in the Rainforest Sophie Masson 1990 single work novel ; Ride on Stranger Kylie Tennant 1943 single work novel ; Walk to the Paradise Gardens Charmian Clift 1960 single work novel
'...as absorbing and as unscrupulous as a woman's purpose' Elizabeth Perkins , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The CRNLE Reviews Journal , October no. 2 1979; (p. 30-34)

— Review of Selected Verse Mary Gilmore 1948 selected work poetry ; The End of a Childhood and Other Stories Henry Handel Richardson 1934 selected work short story ; Waterway Eleanor Dark 1938 single work novel ; For Love Alone Christina Stead 1944 single work novel
Untitled L. V. K. , 1944 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 30 December no. 33391 1944; (p. 7)

— Review of For Love Alone Christina Stead 1944 single work novel
Glory and Catastrophe Douglas Stewart , 1946 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 13 February vol. 67 no. 3444 1946; (p. 2)

— Review of For Love Alone Christina Stead 1944 single work novel
Miles Franklin: The Outside Track Anna Rutherford , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Multiple Worlds, Multiple Words : Essays in Honour of Irene Simon 1988; (p. 239-256) Breaking Circles 1991; (p. 118-143)
An Unsentimental Romance: Christina Stead's 'For Love Alone' Jennifer Strauss , 1982 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 4 no. 2 1982; (p. 82-94)
Conflicting Structures in Christina Stead's "For Love Alone" John Colmer , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Breaking Circles 1991; (p. 160-174)
A Steadfast Revenge : Dr Duncan and Mr Crow Stephen Holt , 2003 single work biography
— Appears in: National Library of Australia News , August vol. 13 no. 11 2003; (p. 7-10)
A Walk around the World : Home and Homelessness in the Work of Christina Stead Janette Turner Hospital , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Janette Turner Hospital 1998; (p. 1-16)
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  • London,
    United Kingdom (UK),
    Western Europe, Europe,
  • Sydney,
  • 1930s
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