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Issue Details: First known date: 1957... 1957 Voss : A Novel
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'Set in nineteenth-century Australia, Voss is the story of the secret passion between an explorer and a naïve young woman. Although they have met only a few times, Voss and Laura are joined by overwhelming, obsessive feelings for each other. Voss sets out to cross the continent. As hardships, mutiny and betrayal whittle away his power to endure and to lead, his attachment to Laura gradually increases. Laura, waiting in Sydney, moves through the months of separation as if they were a dream and Voss the only reality.

'From the careful delineation of Victorian society to the sensitive rendering of hidden love to the stark narrative of adventure in the Australian desert, Patrick White's novel is a work of extraordinary power and virtuosity.'

Source: Random House Books (Sighted 21/09/2012)

Exhibitions

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Adaptations

y separately published work icon Voss : Opera in Two Acts After the Novel by Patrick White David Malouf , Richard Meale (composer), Grosvenor Place : Australian Music Centre , 1980-1989 Z272889 1980-1989 single work musical theatre opera

Voss was adapted into an opera by author David Malouf and composer Richard Meale. It was first performed by the Australian Opera in Adelaide, March 1986.

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Notes

  • Dedication: For Marie d'Estournelles de Constant
  • In a letter to Hu Wenzhong, White refers to a Russian edition, but this has not been traced.

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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      Eyre and Spottiswoode ,
      1957 .
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      Extent: 478p.
      Reprinted: 1962 , 1968
      Note/s:
      • First published 3 December 1957. Reprinted three times in 1958.
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Viking ,
      1957 .
      person or book cover
      Extent: 442p.
      Reprinted: 1974
      Note/s:
      • First published in August 1957. Reprinted twice.
    • Toronto, Ontario,
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      Canada,
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      Americas,
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      Macmillan ,
      1957 .
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      Extent: 442p.
    • Harmondsworth, Middlesex,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Mitcham, Blackburn - Mitcham - Vermont area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin ,
      1960 .
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      This image has been sourced from online (Modern Classics reprint)
      Extent: 448p.
      Note/s:
      • Reprinted twenty-one times by 1993.
      • Australian issue 1974.
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Avon Books ,
      1975 .
      Extent: 445p.
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Jonathan Cape ,
      1980 .
      Extent: 478p.
      ISBN: 022401773X
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Vintage UK ,
      1994 .
      person or book cover
      Extent: 478p.
      ISBN: 0099324717
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage Australia , 2012 .
      person or book cover
      Source: Publisher's website
      Extent: 464p.
      Edition info: Vintage Classic edition
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 01/10/2012
      ISBN: 9781742756882
Alternative title: Voss : Roman
Language: German
    • Reinbek,
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      Germany,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Rowohlt ,
      1973 .
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      Extent: 450p.
      ISBN: 3499117606
    • Leipzig,
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      Germany,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Reclam ,
      1987 .
      person or book cover
      Extent: 470p.
      ISBN: 3379000892

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[Review] Voss Peter Boxall , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die 2006; (p. 509)

— Review of Voss : A Novel Patrick White , 1957 single work novel
The Books That Made Us 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 19-20 August 1995; (p. rev 1-2)

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— Review of Seedtime Vance Palmer , 1957 single work novel ; Voss : A Novel Patrick White , 1957 single work novel
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— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 17 no. 1 1958; (p. 94-100)

— Review of Seedtime Vance Palmer , 1957 single work novel ; Voss : A Novel Patrick White , 1957 single work novel
[Review] Voss 1957 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 13 December 1957; (p. 753)

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