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Issue Details: First known date: 1961... 1961 Riders in the Chariot
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'Patrick White's brilliant 1961 novel, set in an Australian suburb, intertwines four deeply different lives. An Aborigine artist, a Holocaust survivor, a beatific washerwoman, and a childlike heiress are each blessed—and stricken—with visionary experiences that may or may not allow them to transcend the machinations of their fellow men. Tender and lacerating, pure and profane, subtle and sweeping, Riders in the Chariot is one of the Nobel Prize winner's boldest books. (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Klari Daniel and Ben Huebsch
  • Epigraph: Excerpt from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, 'A Memorable Fancy', plates 12-13.
  • Other formats: Also braille and sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Viking ,
      1961 .
      Extent: 532p.
      Reprinted: 1974
      Note/s:
      • Published in October 1961.
    • 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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      Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin ,
      1961 .
      Extent: 492p.
      Note/s:
      • Reprinted eight times by 1992 with an 'Australian Issue' in 1974.
    • Toronto, Ontario,
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      Canada,
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      Americas,
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      Macmillan ,
      1961 .
      Extent: 532p.
    • 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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      Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin ,
      1964 .
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      Extent: 491p.
      ISBN: 014002185X (pbk.)
      Series: Penguin Modern Classics series - publisher
    • 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: 542p.
      ISBN: 0380004674
    • 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 ,
      1976 .
      Extent: 552p.
      ISBN: 0224011928
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1993 .
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      Extent: 496p.
      Note/s:
      • Published July 1993
      ISBN: 9780140186345
      Series: Penguin Classics Penguin Books (publisher), series - publisher
    • London,
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      England,
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      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Vintage ,
      1994 .
      Extent: 552p.
      Reprinted: 1996
      ISBN: 0099323915
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      The New York Review of Books ,
      2002 .
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      Extent: x, 643 p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by David Malouf.
      ISBN: 1590170024
Alternative title: De frya utkorade
Language: Swedish
    • Stockholm,
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      Sweden,
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      Scandinavia, Western Europe, Europe,
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      Bonniers ,
      1964 .
      Extent: 520p.
      Reprinted: 1973

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The Boredom and Futility of War in Patrick White's Fiction Annalisa Pes , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , April no. 15 2016; (p. 65-73)
This article investigates the representation of war in terms of uselessness and waste in the fiction of Patrick White, with a particular emphasis on the short story “After Alep”, written in 1945 when the writer was enrolled in the RAF as an Intelligence Officer. By analysing the story in the light of White’s approach to the war as to “the most horrifying and wasteful period” of his life (Marr 1992: 493), the article attempts to demonstrate how the narrative devices used by White contribute to demythologize the rhetoric of the war and of war heroes in a way that may be instrumental in conveying a message of peace out of the ultimate sense of futility transmitted by any war.
"Reclaiming the Rubbish" : Outcasts, Transformation and the Topos of the Painter/Seer in the Work of Patrick White and David Malouf Michael Ackland , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , no. 16 2016; (p. 27-36)

Settled by white convicts and often by people with few prospects in the Old World, Australia was sometimes thought of negatively as a dumping ground of miscreants and ne’er-do-wells. This paper traces how, post-war, this perception was challenged in the fiction of Patrick White and David Malouf, which depicts local versions of the outcast artist in actual rubbish dumps and the creative, regenerative transformations that can occur there.

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Worlding Options : Conflation of Personal and Physical Space in Patrick White’s Novels 2015 single work
— Appears in: Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities , September-December vol. 7 no. 3 2015;
'Great texts that have accrued literary renown over the years and across space, time and genre, are those that are able to project universal sentiments. But simultaneously these texts feature a conscious engagement with the constituent space(s) that are unique to their creation or generation. Every text, then, as it naturally appears, has its singular framework or modality of engagement(s) with space. This article seeks to illustrate how Australian novelist Patrick White’s novels enshrine philosophical, and sometimes metaphysical explorations of the nature of spatiality that the self has to contend with as an unavoidable burden of living itself and clarify the singular, pivotal role that spatiality plays in determining individual responses to specific situations and decision-making processes.' (Publication summary)
Patrick White, Composer Manqué : The Centrality of Music in White's Artistic Aspiration John Carmody , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 29 no. 1 2015; (p. 153-161)
'Australian writer Patrick White was burdened with the reputation of a misanthrope. This was, perhaps, self-inflicted but it allowed many to disregard the sensitivity and insights of his writing. It is nevertheless surprising that most critics and readers seem unaware of his deep engagement with music. Certainly, few (if any) literary critics appear to recognize the significance of music in his output. Here, Carmody contends that not only was music profoundly important to White as a human being, but that it fundamentally drove his work. Without a recognition of this crucial importance of music, it is impossible to understand adequately White's aesthetic aspiration.' (Publication abstract)
'Are You For Magic?' Patrick White and Camp Peter Kirkpatrick , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , November vol. 29 no. 4 2014; (p. 1-18)

'The article offers information on writer Patrick White. White wrote several plays and novels. The play "The Ham Funeral" was written by him on the eve of his traveling from London, England to Australia in the year 1947. White wrote the novels "Voss" in 1957, "The Vivisector" in the year 1970, and the "Shepherd on the Rocks."' (Publication abstract)

Fiction Chronicle Harry Payne Heseltine , 1961 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , December vol. 20 no. 4 1961; (p. 474-491)

— Review of Riders in the Chariot Patrick White 1961 single work novel
Patrick White's Chariot Max Harris , 1961 single work review
— Appears in: Nation , 21 October 1961; (p. 21-2)

— Review of Riders in the Chariot Patrick White 1961 single work novel
White's Triumphal Chariot Geoffrey Dutton , 1961 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November vol. 1 no. 1 1961; (p. 1-3)

— Review of Riders in the Chariot Patrick White 1961 single work novel
Untitled 1961 single work review
— Appears in: Commonweal , 24 November no. 75 1961; (p. 235)

— Review of Riders in the Chariot Patrick White 1961 single work novel
Untitled 1961 single work review
— Appears in: New Statesman , 3 November no. 62 1961; (p. 653)

— Review of Riders in the Chariot Patrick White 1961 single work novel
Imagery and Structure in Patrick White's Novels Karin Hansson , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Breaking Circles 1991; (p. 175-181)
Patrick White and the Aesthetics of Death Noel Macainsh , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 15 no. 2 1987; (p. 2-14) The Pathos of Distance 1992; (p. 290-303)
Mandala Symbolism in the Novels of Patrick White Shaik Samad , 1995-1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Commonwealth Review , vol. 7 no. 1 1995-1996; (p. 117-123)
Patrick White: An International Perspective John Colmer , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Breaking Circles 1991; (p. 182-196)
God, History, and Patrick White Veronica Brady , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 19 no. 2 2005; (p. 172-176)
Examines Patrick White's treatment of theology and its role in post-World War II Australian life.
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