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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

Set in North-West of Western Australia, it describes life on cattle stations and the relationship between the white owner of the station and Coonardoo, an Aboriginal woman.

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This work has Reading Australia teaching resources.

Unit Suitable For

AC: Year 12 (Literature Unit 3). Also suitable for Year 10 English and Year 11 Literature.

Themes

Aboriginality, Australian country life, love, prejudice, reconciliation, relationships

General Capabilities

Intercultural understanding, Literacy

Cross-curriculum Priorities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Serialised by: The Bulletin 1880 periodical (6777 issues)
      1928 .
      Alternative title: Coonardoo
      Note/s:
      • Published in serialised format in the Bulletin in 15 weekly instalments, from 5 September 1928.
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Jonathan Cape ,
      1929 .
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      Extent: 320p.
      Note/s:
      • Includes a glossary, pp.7-9, of 'Native Words'.
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      W. W. Norton ,
      1930 .
      Alternative title: Coonardoo
      Extent: v, 9-320 p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Includes a 'Glossary of Aboriginal and Australian Words', pp.310-320.
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Pacific Books , 1961 .
      Extent: vi, 207p.p.
      Reprinted: 1968 , 1971
      Series: Pacific Books Angus and Robertson (publisher), 1961 series - publisher The establishment of this paperback imprint of Angus Robertson was spearheaded by Beatrice Davis. It started with print runs of 20,000 in 1961 (Paper Empires: History of Book in Australia, 18).This paperback series, published by Angus and Robertson, contains both numbered and unnumbered volumes. Number in series: 5
    • Moscow,
      c
      Russia,
      c
      c
      Former Soviet Union,
      c
      Eastern Europe, Europe,
      :
      Progress Publishers ,
      1974 .
      Extent: 274p.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • Includes bibliography.
      • Preface in Russian by L. Kasatkina.
      • Glossary and commentary in Russian by L. Golobchinskaiya.
    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins , 2002 .
      Alternative title: Coonardoo
      Extent: xx, 250p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Introduced by Drusilla Modjeska. Also includes introduction to 1964 edition by Douglas Stewart.
      ISBN: 0207198470
    • South Sydney area, Sydney Southern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins , 2013 .
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      Extent: 304p.
      Note/s:
      • First published 1929
      • Published: 1st March 2013
      ISBN: 9780732296933 (pbk.)
    • South Sydney area, Sydney Southern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins , 2013 .
      Extent: 1 v.p.
      Note/s:
      • First published in 1929 and also issued in printed form.
      ISBN: 9780730496571 (ebook)

Other Formats

  • Also braille, sound recording.

Works about this Work

"Australia Is Very American" : Australian Historical Fiction in America 1920s-1940s David Carter , Roger Osborne , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Books and Authors in the American Marketplace : 1840s-1940s 2018; (p. 231-270)

The previous chapter revealed how, in the early 1930s, Norton's publication of Henry Handel Richardson s Ultima Thule and the Fortunes of Richard Mahony trilogy brought Australia and its literature "deep into the consciousness of reading America' The impact of Richardson's novels was strengthened by the appearance of Katharine Susannah Prichard's Coonardoo in 1930 from the same publisher. Richardson's and Prichard's novels were in fact part of a longer sequence of ambitious Australian works published in the United States from the late 1920s to the mid 1940s. In contrast to the decline in the number of Australian novels published in America across the first three decades of the twentieth century, at the very end of the 1920s we begin to see a cluster of substantial novels appearing together - and being brought together by reviewers. Fiction publishing in general in the United States grew rapidly from a low point in 1919 to a peak in 1929; the number of titles dipped slightly through the Depression years but high levels continued until the early forties. Against this background, the pattern of publication and increased receptivity for Australian novels was sustained until the mid-forties, but with little continuity into the postwar years when many writers had, in effect, to begin again in establishing the viability of Australian work in the American marketplace. There is, then, a relatively discrete historical trajectory across the two decades from the late twenties, emerging from almost nothing and collapsing in the later forties as both cultural and industrial circumstances change.' (Introduction)

Becoming Articulate : Henry Handel Richardson and Katharine Susannah Prichard David Carter , Roger Osborne , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Books and Authors in the American Marketplace : 1840s-1940s 2018; (p. 195-230)

'From the late 1920s to the early 1940s, American reviewers were often compelled to remark on the increasing presence of Australian books and authors in the American marketplace. The publication in short succession of Henry Handel Richardson's The Fortunes of Richard Mahony trilogy (1929-30) and Katharine Susannah Prichard's Working Bullocks (1927) and Coonardoo (1930) appeared to announce Australia's literary coming of age: "Australia at last seems to have become articulate, when in so short a space of time it can produce such books as Henry Handel Richardson's Ultima Thule, Miss Prichard's own Working Bullocks and this fine story of white codes and primitive codes mixed and never fusing [Coonardoo]"; "Australia is taking her place as an important contributor to English letters ... It is no longer possible to ignore that country's claim to a definite attention") By comparison to the authors discussed in the previous chapter, Richardson and Prichard together could draw attention, not just to individual hooks by Australian authors, but to works of literature about Australia and hence to the idea of Australian literature itself. As one US reviewer put it, Ultima Thule had "brought the Australian country into the deep consciousness of reading America" and Coonardoo promised to do the same. Another concluded that "those who maintain that no literature comes out of Australia are beginning to revise their opinions as each new book is announced by Henry Handel Richardson, Katherine Susannah Pritchard [sic] and Dorothy Cottrel [sic]".' (Introduction)

Renegotiating the American Connection : Australian Fiction 1900-1930s David Carter , Roger Osborne , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Books and Authors in the American Marketplace : 1840s-1940s 2018; (p. 111-160)

'The first three decades of the twentieth century present no clear pattern for the publication of Australian novels in the United States outside the serial relationships with publishers that certain genre writers were able to achieve. Otherwise, in all but a few cases, we see one-off or occasional publishing, with few signs of sustained investment in individual authors and even less in Australian books per se. Towards the end of the period, however, the situation changes quite suddenly with the enormous critical and sales success of Henry Handel Richardson's Ultima Palk in 1929, followed the year after by Katharine Susannah Prichard's Coonardoo, and these two authors will be the subject of Chapter 6. The present chapter surveys the presence in the American marketplace of Australian writers working in the broad field of commercial fiction but outside the popular genres of crime, mystery and women's romance. It examines the obstacles and opportunities for Australian authors and stories in America in these decades after the passing of international copyright legislation in the United States and as the structures of the modem, twentieth-century US publishing industry were set in place.'  (Introduction)

Six Groundings for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Story in the Australian Creative Writing Classroom : Part 1 Paul Collis , Jen Crawford , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : Journal of Writing and Writing Courses , October vol. 21 no. 2 2017;

'‘All Australian children deserve to know the country that they share through the stories that Aboriginal people can tell them,’ write Gladys Idjirrimoonra Milroy and Jill Milroy (2008: 42). If country and story, place and voice are intertwined, it is vital that we make space in Australian creative writing classrooms for the reading and writing of Australian Indigenous story. What principles and questions can allow us to begin? We propose six groundings for this work:

  • Indigenous story is literary history, literary history is creative power.
  • We do culture together: culture becomes in collaboration, conscious or unconscious.
  • There is no such thing as Indigenous story, and yet it can be performed and known. 
  • Country speaks, to our conceptions of voice and point of view.
  • History and memory are written in the land and on the body in bodies of practice.
  • Story transmits narrative responsibility.  Narrative responsibility requires fierce listening.

This two-part paper will discuss each of these groundings as orienting and motivating principles for work we do as teachers of introductory creative writing units at the University of Canberra.'  (Publication abstract)

Imperial Affairs : The British Empire and the Romantic Novel, 1890–1939 Hsu-Ming Teo , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: New Directions in Popular Fiction : Genre, Distribution, Reproduction 2016; (p. 87-110)

The British romantic novel became a distinct and bestselling genre during the mid-nineteenth century, when Charlotte M. Yonge’s The Heir of Redclyffe (1853) inspired other authors to write thrilling love stories published in triple-decker volumes that were sold at W.H. Smith railway bookstalls or circulated through 'Charles Mudie’s Select Library (Anderson 1974, p. 25). Women writers during this time, such as Yonge, Rhoda Broughton and Mary Elizabeth Braddon, popularised stories that featured the trials and tribulations of British heroes and heroines who fall in love, overcome various obstacles to their relationship, marry or are tragically parted by death (Anderson 1974). Most of their novels are set in Britain or, for more exotic fare, the Continent. However, from the 1890s onwards, they were joined by women writers from Britain’s colonies and dominions. This period was the zenith of British imperial power and, unsurprisingly, women writers used the colonies as exotic backdrops for their love stories. Romantic novels from the 1890s to the Second World War spread imperial fantasies of women who travelled to the colonies, hunted, worked as governesses, nurses and secretaries, managed households, ran viable plantations, fended off attacks by ‘the natives’, fell in love, married and made a place for themselves in the empire. Dreams of love and empire building bloomed in what I am calling women’s imperial romantic novels: love stories set in India, the white settler colonies and dominions, and Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.' (Publication summary)

The Romance of an Aboriginal C. C. (fl. 1927-31) , 1929 single work review
— Appears in: The Black Swan : The Magazine of the Guild of Undergraduates of the University of Western Australia The , vol. 13 no. 2 1929; (p. 20-22)

— Review of Coonardoo : The Well in the Shadow Katharine Susannah Prichard , 1928 single work novel
Gerald Gould Praises 'Coonardoo' Some Views, News and Reviews 1929 single work review
— Appears in: All About Books , 20 August vol. 1 no. 9 1929; (p. 282)

— Review of Coonardoo : The Well in the Shadow Katharine Susannah Prichard , 1928 single work novel
'Coonardoo' Nettie Palmer , 1929 single work review
— Appears in: All About Books , 20 September vol. 1 no. 10 1929; (p. 305-304)

— Review of Coonardoo : The Well in the Shadow Katharine Susannah Prichard , 1928 single work novel
Trailblazing Black-White Tale Mary Philip , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 4 - 5 November 2006; (p. 22)

— Review of Coonardoo : The Well in the Shadow Katharine Susannah Prichard , 1928 single work novel
[Review] Coonardoo : The Well in the Shadow Outbacker , 1929 single work review
— Appears in: The Capricornian , 19 September 1929; (p. 11)

— Review of Coonardoo : The Well in the Shadow Katharine Susannah Prichard , 1928 single work novel
Books that Changed My Life : Reading Coonardoo Enza Gandolfo , 2002 single work column
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 169 2002; (p. 127-129)
Politics and Xavier Herbert's Women Kevin Green , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 5 no. 1 1983; (p. 51-62)
The Politics of Race and the Possibilities of Form in the Work of Katharine Susannah Prichard Delys Bird , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Frank Hardy and the Literature of Commitment 2003; (p. 185-197)
Katharine Susannah Prichard : Her Novel on the Aborigines Greatly Shocked Australians Vance Palmer , 1959 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 14 March 1959; (p. 18)
y separately published work icon Katharine Susannah Prichard's Coonardoo : A Critical Study Rosaleen A. Limbers , Sydney : Little Hills Press , 1981 Z1196238 1981 single work criticism

Awards

1928 joint winner The Bulletin Novel Competition Submitted under the name Jim Ashburton.
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