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Issue Details: First known date: 1928... 1928 The House of Cain
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'In the heart of the Australian Bush stands the House of Cain, owned by an American millionaire. Himself a threefold murderer, he has opened this strange institution as a haven for murderers whom, with his vast resources, he rescues from the hands of the law! It is with this man that Austiline Thorpe, the beautiful fiancee of Martin Sherwood, becomes inolved. How this happens, and the final dissolution of the murder settlement, is recounted in a vivid and breathless story. In the culminating scene, Monty, famous explorer and brother to Martin, appears as a great character. A man of action and utterly fearless, he sweeps all before him, thus permitting a happy conclusion to an intensely dramatic mystery novel of love and crime in a vivid Australian setting' (from the cover note, first American edition).

Contents

* Contents derived from the San Francisco, California,
c
United States of America (USA),
c
Americas,
:
Dennis McMillan , 1983 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Upfield's Pre-Osteomantic Novel, Philip Jose Farmer , single work criticism

The House of Cain is placed in the context of Upfield's writing. After he had submitted The Barrakee Mystery, the first 'Bony' novel, to a literary agent and delayed recommended rewriting, he wrote The House of Cain , published in 1928. Farmer describes The House of Cain as 'a straight thriller', which contains 'the seeds of the latter and better books'. In particular, the Australian Outback setting that dominates many Upfield books is used for the first time. Another 'first' by Farmer's reckoning is Upfield's thematic interest in 'curing' a criminal by medical intervention to excise a lesion of the brain. Farmer devotes several paragraphs to theorising about the 'real life' origins of Napoleon Bonaparte (Bony), a 'hybrid of two peoples and cultures'.

(p. 1-4)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1932
Serialised by: The Sunday Times [Perth] 1902 newspaper (138 issues)
Notes:
Serialised in the Perth Sunday Times in 24 weekly instalments 28 February to 7 August 1932.
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Hutchinson ,
      1928 .
      Extent: 286p.
    • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Dorrance ,
      1929 .
      person or book cover
      Dorrance edition 1929
      Extent: 286p.
    • San Francisco, California,
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Dennis McMillan ,
      1983 .
      person or book cover
      McMillan edition
      Extent: 4, 286pp.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • Frontispiece reproduces dustjacket from the 1929 Dorrance edition.
      • Endpapers designed by William L. McMillan.
      ISBN: 0960998608

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Works about this Work

Upfield's Pre-Osteomantic Novel Philip Jose Farmer , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: The House of Cain 1983; (p. 1-4)

The House of Cain is placed in the context of Upfield's writing. After he had submitted The Barrakee Mystery, the first 'Bony' novel, to a literary agent and delayed recommended rewriting, he wrote The House of Cain , published in 1928. Farmer describes The House of Cain as 'a straight thriller', which contains 'the seeds of the latter and better books'. In particular, the Australian Outback setting that dominates many Upfield books is used for the first time. Another 'first' by Farmer's reckoning is Upfield's thematic interest in 'curing' a criminal by medical intervention to excise a lesion of the brain. Farmer devotes several paragraphs to theorising about the 'real life' origins of Napoleon Bonaparte (Bony), a 'hybrid of two peoples and cultures'.

Untitled 1930 single work review
— Appears in: The Mercury , 21 February 1930; (p. 3)

— Review of The Barrakee Mystery Arthur W. Upfield , 1929 single work novel ; The House of Cain Arthur W. Upfield , 1928 single work novel
Untitled 1928 single work review
— Appears in: Times Literary Supplement , 27 December 1928; (p. 293)

— Review of The House of Cain Arthur W. Upfield , 1928 single work novel
Untitled 1928 single work review
— Appears in: Times Literary Supplement , 27 December 1928; (p. 293)

— Review of The House of Cain Arthur W. Upfield , 1928 single work novel
Untitled 1930 single work review
— Appears in: The Mercury , 21 February 1930; (p. 3)

— Review of The Barrakee Mystery Arthur W. Upfield , 1929 single work novel ; The House of Cain Arthur W. Upfield , 1928 single work novel
Upfield's Pre-Osteomantic Novel Philip Jose Farmer , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: The House of Cain 1983; (p. 1-4)

The House of Cain is placed in the context of Upfield's writing. After he had submitted The Barrakee Mystery, the first 'Bony' novel, to a literary agent and delayed recommended rewriting, he wrote The House of Cain , published in 1928. Farmer describes The House of Cain as 'a straight thriller', which contains 'the seeds of the latter and better books'. In particular, the Australian Outback setting that dominates many Upfield books is used for the first time. Another 'first' by Farmer's reckoning is Upfield's thematic interest in 'curing' a criminal by medical intervention to excise a lesion of the brain. Farmer devotes several paragraphs to theorising about the 'real life' origins of Napoleon Bonaparte (Bony), a 'hybrid of two peoples and cultures'.

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