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'Two children are brought to a wild garden on the shores of Sydney Harbour to shelter from the Second World War. The boy's mother has died in the Blitz. The girl is the daughter of a Sydney woman and a Communist executed in a Greek prison. In wartime Australia, these two children form an extraordinary bond as they negotiate the dangers of life as strangers abandoned on the far side of the world. With the tenderness and rigour of an old, wise novelist, Patrick White explores the world of these children, the city of his childhood and the experience of war. The Hanging Garden ends as the news reaches Sydney of victory in Europe, and the children face their inevitable separation.

White put the novel aside at this point and how he planned to finish the work remains a mystery. But at his death in 1990 he left behind a masterpiece in the making, which is published here for the first time.'

Source: Publisher's blurb

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      ca. 1981 .
      Extent: 189p.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      Note/s:
      • Manuscript copy, held by the National Library of Australia, dated 1981.
      • 'Handwritten foolscap sections numbered I-V ... ; blue ballpoint; numerous annotations and corrections in red ballpoint' (National Library of Australia record)

      Holdings

      Held at: National Library of Australia
      Local Id: nla.ms-ms9982-4-2x
    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Knopf Australia , 2012 .
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      Extent: 224p.
      Note/s:
        • Publication date: April 2012.
        • Publication year coincides with the centenary of Patrick White's birth.
      • 'The Hanging Garden has been transcribed from Patrick White's handwritten manuscript and, in the absence of a living author to consult, not edited.' (Trove record)
      • With a note from David Marr.
      ISBN: 9781742752655 (hbk.)
    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage Australia , 2012 .
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      ISBN: 9781742752679 (ebook : epub), 9781742752662 (pbk.)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Picador ,
      2013 .
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      Extent: 240p.
      Note/s:
      • A Picador Original.
      ISBN: 9781250028525 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

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.
Garden Plots Emma Ashmere , 2015 single work essay
— Appears in: Northerly : The Northern Rivers Writers' Centre Magazine , July-August 2015; (p. 12-13)
An overview of Emma Ashmere's favourite gardens in Australian literature.
Geoffrey Dutton : Little Adelaide and New York Nowhere Nicholas Jose , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Adelaide : A Literary City 2014; (p. 183-198)
The Hanging Garden Alastair Niven , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Patrick White Centenary : The Legacy of a Prodigal Son 2014; (p. 280-290)
'Alastair Niven’s challenging speculation, proffered at the end of his incisive discussion of the novel The Hanging Garden suggests 'that this last work of White’s should not be regarded as a fragment abandoned by a writer in his declining years but is, in fact, the product of a confident artist still writing at the height of his powers.' (Source : Introduction, xix)
Patrick White’s Children : Juvenile Portraits in Happy Valley and The Hanging Garden Elizabeth Webby , Margaret Harris , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Patrick White Centenary : The Legacy of a Prodigal Son 2014; (p. 269-279)
'Elizabeth Webby and Margaret Harris, at present collaborating in a major research project on the archive of White papers held at the National Library in Canberra, elucidate a delicate theme that has hardly drawn commentary from White critics before - White’s empathetic and sensitive portrayal of children in his novels. An additional interest derives from their drawing on their privileged access to unpublished material. Interesting links are traced between White’s first novel Happy Valley (1939) and his last (posthumously published) A Hanging Garden (2012).' (From Introduction, xix)
The Last Word A. P. Riemer , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24-25 March 2012; (p. 32-33)

— Review of The Hanging Garden Patrick White , 1981 single work novel
Feature Review : Fiction John Purcell , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , February/March vol. 91 no. 7 2012; (p. 28)

— Review of The Hanging Garden Patrick White , 1981 single work novel
The Intimacy of a Sketch Jane Gleeson-White , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 31 March 2012; (p. 24-25)

— Review of The Hanging Garden Patrick White , 1981 single work novel
The Final Chapter Peter Pierce , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 31 March 2012; (p. 23)

— Review of The Hanging Garden Patrick White , 1981 single work novel
She Who Moves My Bones Peter Conrad , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 340 2012; (p. 12-13)

— Review of The Hanging Garden Patrick White , 1981 single work novel
To Be Published at Last, the Novel that Patrick White Left Hanging David Marr , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1 March 2011; (p. 3) The Age , 1 March 2011; (p. 4)
David Marr reports on the likely publication by Random House Australia of Patrick's White novel The Hanging Garden. The novel, held in manuscript form by the National Library of Australia, was written in 1981 as the first part of a projected three-part novel. Marr writes that White abandoned the novel 'in the middle of 1981 to plunge into politics and theatre'.
A Pair of Ragged Claws Stephen Romei , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 19-20 March 2011; (p. 19)

A column canvassing current literary news. Discusses recent writers festivals, the death of Hazel Rowley and the forthcoming publication of The Hanging Garden in 2012.  

In the Whites of Their Eyes Brook Turner , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Financial Review , 30-31 July 2011; (p. 56-57)
'Fred Schepisi's The Eye of the Storm is set to garner a fistful of gongs, paving the way for next year's Patrick White centenary. But this drama of manners has only made it to the screen after a last minute bailout.' (p. 56)
A Pair of Ragged Claws Stephen Romei , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7-8 January 2012; (p. 21)
Romei looks froward to important publications forthcoming in 2012, including books to mark Charles Dickens's 200th birthday, and new books by American and British writers.
From Beyond the Grave David Marr , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 24 March 2012; (p. 12-14) The Sydney Morning Herald , 24-25 March 2012; (p. 6-7)
David Marr constructs the timeline for White's writing of The Hanging Garden and the events that led to the novel's eventual publication in 2012.
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