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Is part of Dr Nikola Guy Boothby , 1896 series - author novel
Issue Details: First known date: 1895... 1895 A Bid for Fortune ; Or, Dr Nikola's Vendetta
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'With money in his pocket after making his fortune in the South Seas, Richard Hatteras has London at his feet. Running afoul of the deadly Dr Nikola, however, was the worst thing he could do. Soon, young Dick is swept up into a maelstrom of blackmail, hypnotism, deceit and murder, where his betrothed is in danger, his potential father-in-law’s reputation is on the brink of ruination, and his very sanity is at stake. What can a two-fisted adventurer do against the vast and cold intellect that is Dr Nikola?'

Source: Publisher's blurb, Chimaera edition.

Adaptations

form y separately published work icon A Bid for Fortune Sidney Morgan , ( dir. Sidney Morgan ) 1917 London : Unity-Super , 1917 Z1686429 1917 single work film/TV fantasy adventure

An eminent scientist pursues an ancient Chinese staff, fighting both the dedicated protectors of the staff and the powers of the occult.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Oxford, Oxfordshire,
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Oxford University Press , 1996 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
A Bid for Fortune, or, Dr Nikola's Vendetta : Introduction, John Sutherland , 1996 single work criticism (p. ix-xx)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: A Bid for Fortune
First known date: 1895
Serialised by: The Windsor Magazine : An Illustrated Monthly for Men and Women 1895 periodical (22 issues)
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Serialised in The Windsor Magazine Vol 1, No 1 January 1895 - Vol 2, No 5 November 1895.
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Other editions; Finnish, 1904; Danish, 1916
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Appleton ,
      1895 .
      Alternative title: A Bid for Fortune: A Novel
      Reprinted: 1897
    • California,
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      Borgo Press ,
      1980 .
      Alternative title: Enter Dr Nikola!
      ISBN: 0893706329
    • Wildside Press , 2002 .
      Alternative title: A Bid for Fortune: Or Dr Nikola's Vendetta
      Reprinted: 2005
      ISBN: 1587155427
    • Mount Waverley, Ashwood - Mulgrave area, Melbourne South East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Chimaera Publications , 2010 .
      Extent: iv, 228p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Ian Irvine.
      ISBN: 9780975214367 (pbk.)
      Series: y separately published work icon Classic Australian SF Z1755255 series - publisher novel science fiction In these novels of speculative fiction, with new introductions from some of Australia's most notable writers and critics, Chimaera Publications has unearthed and reanimated a series of forgotten classics. Ranging from the 1880s to the 1930s, this selection shows the vital contribution that speculative fiction plays in Australia's literary history - an influence that continues until the present day. (Publisher blurb) Number in series: 4

Works about this Work

Guy Boothby and the “Yellow Peril” : Representations of Chinese Immigrants in British Imperial Spaces in the Late-Nineteenth Century Ailise Bulfin , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies , vol. 20 no. 1 2015; (p. 5-23)

'By the end of the nineteenth century the pernicious racial term “yellow peril” had entered the common parlance of Victorians across the British Empire. Ironically, this insidious imperial myth that China would overrun the West owed its genesis to the impact of European, and particularly British imperial activity, on China in the late-nineteenth century, rather than to any expansionary Chinese aims or activity. The western impact was bi-faceted, involving both the physical incursion of westerners into China, and the related movement of Chinese people overseas to work in western nations and colonies. Under the international coerced labour phenomenon known as the “coolie trade,” Chinese people were brought across the British Empire as far as the settler colonies of Australia and South Africa, and even to the plantations of the British West Indies. Despite the relative powerlessness of their position as indentured or indebted immigrants, they were inevitably perceived as hostile aliens who threatened "white" society. This essay examines the impact of Australian anti-Chinese sentiment on representations of Chinese people in the works of Guy Boothby, an Adelaide-born author who emigrated to London in 1893. It explores Boothby’s representations of Chinese people in the imperial spaces of Britain’s Australian and Southeast Asian colonies, and also in the informal imperial spaces of contact in “foreign” China, in the cities and coastal locations where the British Empire was making its presence and influence felt, in works including Boothby’s travelogue, On the Wallaby (1894), the Dr Nikola series of novels (1895-1901), “The Story of Lee Ping” (1895), The Beautiful White Devil (1896) and My Strangest Case (1901). It argues that these superficially disinterested but consistently derogatory representations of the far-flung Chinese contributed to the deplorable international myth of the yellow peril, but also could not help revealing the important and largely overlooked presence of the Chinese in the spaces of the British Empire, demonstrating the impact of the coolie trade on imperial society and signalling the multifaceted nature of the British Empire’s involvement with China.' (Publication summary)

Guy Boothby's 'Bid for Fortune' : Constructing an Anglo-Australian Colonial Identity for the Fin-de-Siecle London Literary Marketplace Ailise Bulfin , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Changing The Victorian Subject 2014; (p. 151-176)
Antipodean Romance, Crime and Sensation : Australian Popular Fiction in British and American Markets 1890-1925 David Carter , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Scenes of Reading : Is Australian Literature a World Literature? 2013; (p. 86-100)

'In this essay, I want to look back to an earlier period in the history of the international bestseller, when the modern genre system emerged in the Anglosphere. In particular, I want to trace the participation of Australian writers in this moment, focusing on their presence in the transatlantic book trade and their movement from Australia to Britain and the United States, and sometimes back again. 'Australian literature', in this view, was international (and not merely imperial) before it was ever national' (p. 86).

Fathomless Eyes : An Australian Guide to the Evil Oriental David Robert Walker , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Down Under : Australian Literary Studies Reader 2009; (p. 539-550)
The essay examines the characteristics attributed to 'orientalist' creations in Australian and English novels of the late 19th and early 20th century.
Guy Boothby Graham Stone , 2001 single work review biography
— Appears in: Notes on Australian Science Fiction 2001; (p. 105-107)

— Review of A Bid for Fortune ; Or, Dr Nikola's Vendetta Guy Boothby , 1895 single work novel ; Pharos the Egyptian Guy Boothby , 1898 single work novel ; Farewell, Nikola Guy Boothby , 1901 single work novel ; Dr Nikola's Experiment Guy Boothby , 1899 single work novel ; The Lust of Hate Guy Boothby , 1897 single work novel ; Doctor Nikola Guy Boothby , 1896 single work novel
Guy Boothby Graham Stone , 2001 single work review biography
— Appears in: Notes on Australian Science Fiction 2001; (p. 105-107)

— Review of A Bid for Fortune ; Or, Dr Nikola's Vendetta Guy Boothby , 1895 single work novel ; Pharos the Egyptian Guy Boothby , 1898 single work novel ; Farewell, Nikola Guy Boothby , 1901 single work novel ; Dr Nikola's Experiment Guy Boothby , 1899 single work novel ; The Lust of Hate Guy Boothby , 1897 single work novel ; Doctor Nikola Guy Boothby , 1896 single work novel
Fathomless Eyes : An Australian Guide to the Evil Oriental David Robert Walker , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Down Under : Australian Literary Studies Reader 2009; (p. 539-550)
The essay examines the characteristics attributed to 'orientalist' creations in Australian and English novels of the late 19th and early 20th century.
y separately published work icon Writing the Colonial Adventure : Race, Gender and Nation in Anglo-Australian Popular Fiction, 1875-1914 Robert Dixon , Oakleigh : Cambridge University Press , 1995 Z480378 1995 single work criticism

'This book is an exploration of popular late nineteenth-century texts that show Australia - along with Africa, India and the Pacific Islands - to be a preferred site of imperial adventure. Focusing on the period from the advent of the new imperialism in the 1870s to the outbreak of World War I, Robert Dixon looks at a selection of British and Australian writers. Their books, he argues, offer insights into the construction of empire, masculinity, race, and Australian nationhood and identity. Writing the Colonial Adventure shows that the genre of adventure/romance was highly popular throughout this period. The book examines the variety of themes within their narrative form that captured many aspects of imperial ideology. In considering the broader ramifications of these works, Professor Dixon develops an original approach to popular fiction, both for its own sake and as a mode of cultural history.' (Introduction)

A Bid for Fortune, or, Dr Nikola's Vendetta : Introduction John Sutherland , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: A Bid for Fortune ; Or, Dr Nikola's Vendetta 1996; (p. ix-xx)
Antipodean Romance, Crime and Sensation : Australian Popular Fiction in British and American Markets 1890-1925 David Carter , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Scenes of Reading : Is Australian Literature a World Literature? 2013; (p. 86-100)

'In this essay, I want to look back to an earlier period in the history of the international bestseller, when the modern genre system emerged in the Anglosphere. In particular, I want to trace the participation of Australian writers in this moment, focusing on their presence in the transatlantic book trade and their movement from Australia to Britain and the United States, and sometimes back again. 'Australian literature', in this view, was international (and not merely imperial) before it was ever national' (p. 86).

Guy Boothby's 'Bid for Fortune' : Constructing an Anglo-Australian Colonial Identity for the Fin-de-Siecle London Literary Marketplace Ailise Bulfin , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Changing The Victorian Subject 2014; (p. 151-176)
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