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Issue Details: First known date: 1940... 1940 The Man Who Loved Children
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'Sam and Henny Pollit have too many children, too little money, and too much loathing for each other. As Sam uses the children's adoration to feed his own voracious ego, Henny watches in bleak despair, knowing the bitter reality that lies just below his mad visions. A chilling novel of family life, the relations between parents and children, husbands and wives.' (Source: Libraries Australia)

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  • Other formats: Also braille and sound recording.

Contents

* Contents derived from the New York (City), New York (State),
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Holt, Rinehart and Winston , 1965 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
An Unread Book, Randall Jarrell , 1965 single work criticism

Written as an introduction to the 1965 reprint of The Man Who Loved Children, American critic Jarrell's 'enthusiastic' essay stimulated a revaluation of Christina Stead's work. (Oxford Companion to Australian Literature). The essay has been reprinted in numerous editions of the novel since 1965.

(p. v-xli)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Notes:
The introductions by Randall Jarrell noted below are all reprints of the 1965 introduction entitled 'An Unread Book'.
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Simon and Schuster ,
      1940 .
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      Extent: 527p.
    • London,
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      Peter Davies ,
      1941 .
      Extent: 480p.
    • London,
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      Secker and Warburg ,
      1966 .
      Extent: xli, 527p.p.
      Edition info: Reprinted from American first edition.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Randall Jarrell.
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Avon Books ,
      1966 .
      image of person or book cover 174498251463415108.jpg
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      Extent: 504p.
      Note/s:
      • Afterword by Randall Jarrell
    • Harmondsworth, Middlesex,
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      Penguin Books ,
      1975 .
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      Extent: 523p.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Randall Jarrell.
      ISBN: 014002834X
    • London,
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      Secker and Warburg ,
      1976 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: xli, 527p.p.
      Edition info: Reprinted from American first edition.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Randall Jarrell.
      ISBN: 0436489015
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Holt, Rinehart and Winston ,
      1980 .
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      Extent: xli, 527p.p.
      Edition info: Reprinted from American first edition.
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      • 'An Owl Book'
      • Introduction by Randall Jarrell.
      ISBN: 0805004998
    • London,
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      Flamingo ,
      1993 .
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      Extent: 522p.
      Description: illus., ports.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Angela Carter.
      ISBN: 0006546862 (pbk), 0006546862
    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1994 .
      Extent: xli, 527p.p.
      Edition info: Reprinted from American first edition.
      ISBN: 020718206X
    • London,
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      David Campbell ,
      1995 .
      image of person or book cover 1715762110897287479.jpg
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      Extent: xxxvii, 529p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Doris Lessing.
      ISBN: 1857152077
      Series: Everyman's Library series - publisher Number in series: 207
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Knopf ,
      1995 .
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      Extent: 529p.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Doris Lessing.
      ISBN: 0679443649, 9780679443643
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Picador ,
      2001 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: xli, 527p.p.
      Edition info: Reprinted from American first edition.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Randall Jarrell.
      ISBN: 0312280440
    • London,
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      Capuchin Classics ,
      2010 .
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      Extent: 512p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: May 2010.
      ISBN: 9781907429002
    • Carlton, Parkville - Carlton area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Miegunyah Press , 2010 .
      image of person or book cover 904927972418638435.png
      Image courtesy of Melbourne University Publishing
      Extent: xvi, 551p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Jonathan Franzen.
      • Includes the 1965 introductory essay by Randall Jarrell.
      • Also available as an e-book.
      • Published in December 2010.
      ISBN: 9780522855548 (pbk.), 9780522864809 (e-book)
      Series: y separately published work icon Miegunyah Modern Library Miegunyah Press (publisher), Miegunyah Press , 2010- Z1807646 2010 series - publisher
    • London,
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      Head of Zeus ,
      2016 .
      image of person or book cover 7709889266448969292.jpg
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 553p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Michael Schmidt.

      ISBN: 9781784971700 (ebook), 9781784971489 (pbk)
Alternative title: Sabba Familiare
Language: Italian
    • Milan,
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      Italy,
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      Garzanti ,
      1978 .
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      Extent: 512p.
      Note/s:
      • Other issues, 1992.

Works about this Work

A Rebel and a Wanderer : Christina Stead Ann-Marie Priest , 2018 single work biography
— Appears in: A Free Flame : Australian Women Writers and Vocation in the Twentieth Century 2018;

'Christina Stead was always prickly about the idea of vocation. Indeed, she often insisted to interviewers that she had never had any such thing. Yet in her semi-autobiographical novel The Man Who Loved Children, she gave the character based on herself, 12-year-old Louisa, a potent sense of predestination. In one scene, Louie is cleaning her brothers' bedroom and dreaming of being an actress. Her father has just finished telling her that she looks like a gutter-rat, while downstairs her stepmother is grumbling about her 'dirt and laziness'. Her younger sister is about to ask her to carry down the slop bucket. But Louie is far away, 'declaiming...to a vast, shadowy audience stretching away into an opera house as large as the world'. Her conviction that she is extraordinary saves her from the catastrophe that is her home life. 'If I did not know I was a genius, I would die', she declares — but to herself alone. She is the ugly duckling, whose future as a glorious swan will, she knows, take her far away from the chaos and violence around her.'  (Introduction)

Matriduxy? : Tracing Colonial Adumbration in Australian Womanhood Via a Psychoanalytical Reading of Christina Stead Theresa Holtby , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia , vol. 8 no. 1 2017; (p. 1-29)

'This paper surveys the ways in which women have been regarded, represented and treated in colonial and post-colonial Australia. In particular, the concept of matriduxy—the alleged dominance of women in Australian families—is explored, in part via a discussion of Christina Stead’s The Man Who Loved Children. Possible connections between matriduxy and colonial conditions are identified, specifically in the context of the imperialist ideals of masochistic fantasy.' (Publication abstract)

'A Transfiguration of My Local Patriotism' : Christina Stead, the Figure of Oceanic Totality and 'A Night on the Indian Ocean' Fiona Morrison , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , vol. 62 no. 2 2017; (p. 87-99)

'In a late interview with Rodney Wetherell (1979), when she was back in Australia and being interviewed rather more frequently in light of her rather belated status as a great Australian writer, Christina Stead found an intriguing way to deal with the equally frequent questions about the reasons for her expatriation to Europe in 1928. She implied that to be Australian was to be always already a citizen of the sea. Her conflation of national identity and the critical geographical identity of the island continent allowed her to argue that there was no especial volition to 'going abroad'. Ina sense, Stead claimed that she had an automatic 'dual citizenship' drawn from a symbiotic relationship between her marine identity and her Australian one. Of course, therefore, one would travel by sea..' (Introduction)
 

I Don’t Even Get Bananas Madeleine Schwartz , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: London Review of Books , 2 November vol. 39 no. 21 2017; (p. 15-16)

— Review of The Man Who Loved Children Christina Stead , 1940 single work novel ; Letty Fox, Her Luck Christina Stead , 1946 single work novel

‘She was famous for being neglected,’ Lorna Sage once said of Christina Stead. In 1955, Elizabeth Hardwick, writing in the New Republic, described trying to obtain Stead’s address from her last American publisher. Only a few years before the New Yorker had called her ‘the most extraordinary woman novelist produced by the English-speaking race since Virginia Woolf’. Yet, Hardwick wrote, ‘the information came forth with a tomba oscura note: all they had was a poste restante, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1947 … She is, as they say, not in the picture.’ Randall Jarrell tried to revive interest in Stead a few years later with a laudatory essay about The Man Who Loved Children (1940).Stead wrote to him: ‘It is quite the loveliest thing that ever happened to me in “my literary life”. That is only an expression. I do not have a literary life different from any other life.’ Jonathan Franzen did his part in 2010, with a rapturous essay in the New York Times about the same book. ‘I’m convinced that there are tens of thousands of people in this country who would bless the day the book was published, if only they could be exposed to it,’ he wrote. In response, Picador announced a new edition, with a print run in the thousands. From what I can tell, the book is not currently available in most bookshops.' (Introduction)

Modernist Fiction/Alternative Modernisms : Australia, Canada, New Zealand Anouk Lang , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Oxford History of the Novel in English : The Novel in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the South Pacific Since 1950 2017; (p. 190-204)

'What is it about modernism, that multivalent category riven with internal contradictions, that makes literary criticism continue to value it as a category?...' (Introduction)

[Review] The Man Who Loved Children Michelle De Kretser , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , November no. 62 2010; (p. 64)

— Review of The Man Who Loved Children Christina Stead , 1940 single work novel
An Embattled Marriage Kay Dick , 1966 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Times (London) , 26 June 1966; (p. 48)

— Review of Seven Poor Men of Sydney Christina Stead , 1934 single work novel ; The Man Who Loved Children Christina Stead , 1940 single work novel
Christina Stead Continues Clifton Fadiman , 1940 single work review
— Appears in: The New Yorker , 19 October no. 16 1940; (p. 84-86)

— Review of The Man Who Loved Children Christina Stead , 1940 single work novel
Enter 'Pollitry' N. L. Rothman , 1940 single work review
— Appears in: Saturday Review of Literature , 16 November no. 23 1940; (p. 12)

— Review of The Man Who Loved Children Christina Stead , 1940 single work novel
Scalpel, Please Louis B. Salomon , 1940 single work review
— Appears in: The Nation , 26 October vol. 151 no. 17 1940; (p. 399)

— Review of The Man Who Loved Children Christina Stead , 1940 single work novel
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)
A Note on Christina Stead and China Jianjun Li , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 2 no. 2003; (p. 93-97)
Discusses the representations of China and Chinese people in Christina Stead's work.
An Unread Book Randall Jarrell , 1965 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Man Who Loved Children 1965; (p. v-xli) Atlantic Monthly , vol. 215 no. 3 1965; (p. 166-71)

Written as an introduction to the 1965 reprint of The Man Who Loved Children, American critic Jarrell's 'enthusiastic' essay stimulated a revaluation of Christina Stead's work. (Oxford Companion to Australian Literature). The essay has been reprinted in numerous editions of the novel since 1965.

Feminism and Male Chauvinism in the Writings of Christina Stead (1902-1983) Heather Stewart , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 29 no. 2 2003; (p. 113-122)
A Voyage Round Her Father Peter Craven , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 30-31 July 2005; (p. 6)
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