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Issue Details: First known date: 1993... 1993 Christina Stead : A Biography
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'Like the author herself, Christina Stead’s novels were challenging and engrossing. Raised by a narcissistic father, Stead left for London at the age of twenty-six and soon met William Blake, a writer, broker, and Marxist political economist who became her life partner. His personal ambitions and their politics resulted in a nomadic existence, with Stead sidestepping the traditional feminine role in exchange for a career. She struggled to find an audience for her work, however, only succeeding late in life with the reissue of The Man Who Loved Children. Hazel Rowley’s richly detailed and even-handed biography spans Stead’s life, expertly blending her encoded personal papers with interviews of her closest confidants. Masterfully written and researched, Christina Stead is a fascinating chronicle of one of the twentieth century’s greatest novelists.'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Open Road ed.)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Heinemann , 1993 .
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      Extent: ix, 646p.p.
      Description: illus., ports
      Note/s:
      • Includes index and bibliography.
      ISBN: 085561384X, 9780855613846
    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Minerva , 1994 .
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      Extent: ix, 646p., [16] p. of platesp.
      Description: illus., facsims., ports
      Note/s:
      • Includes index and bibliography.
      ISBN: 1863303774, 9781863303774
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Open Road Media ,
      2012 .
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      Extent: 1v.p.
      ISBN: 9781453265192, 1453265198
    • Carlton, Parkville - Carlton area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Miegunyah Press , 2007 .
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      Extent: xii, 506p.p.
      Edition info: Rev. ed.
      Description: illus., ports
      Note/s:
      • Includes index.
      • Bibliography: p. 491-494.
      ISBN: 9780522854060

Works about this Work

Hazel Rowley's Christina Stead : The Biographer's Art Susan Sheridan , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Magnificent Obsessions : Honouring the Lives of Hazel Rowley 2013; (p. 49-8)
The Mocking Country Hazel Rowley , 2007 single work essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25-26 August 2007; (p. 8-9)
Hazel Rowley, visiting Australia after a ten-year absence, ponders the question: 'Why aren't Australians proud of the writers and artists who have sprung from our soil?' with particular reference to expatriate writer Christina Stead.
The Insight of an Exile Rachel Cunneen , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 22 July 2007; (p. 20)
Return Via a Bridge to Stead's Life Lorien Kaye , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 2 June 2007; (p. 26)

— Review of Christina Stead : A Biography Hazel Rowley 1993 single work biography
Biography, Narrative and Christina Stead : An Imperfect Match? Susan Tridgell , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 83 2004; (p. 119-126, notes 196-197)
'This article argues that Rowley's attempt to narrate Stead's life is hampered by Rowley's choice of narrative form. ... While this form of narrative works well enough for the years in which Stead was a public achiever, it is less well-adapted to describing the life led by Stead as she became frail and elderly' (119).
Return Via a Bridge to Stead's Life Lorien Kaye , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 2 June 2007; (p. 26)

— Review of Christina Stead : A Biography Hazel Rowley 1993 single work biography
Paperbacks Tony Stephens , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 23 July 1994; (p. 9A)

— Review of Hands Up! : Who Enjoyed their Schooldays 1994 anthology short story prose extract biography ; Christina Stead : A Biography Hazel Rowley 1993 single work biography
Forecasts Ann Blake , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , April vol. 72 no. 1036 1993; (p. 32)

— Review of Christina Stead : A Biography Hazel Rowley 1993 single work biography
Lighting Up Her Landscape Peter Craven , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 29 May 1993; (p. 7)

— Review of Christina Stead : A Biography Hazel Rowley 1993 single work biography
Echoes of Interior Monsters Helen Elliott , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 5-6 June 1993; (p. rev 5)

— Review of Christina Stead : A Biography Hazel Rowley 1993 single work biography
Money, Sex and Politics Susan Sheridan , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The CRNLE Reviews Journal , no. 1-2 1995; (p. 193-199)
Biography, Narrative and Christina Stead : An Imperfect Match? Susan Tridgell , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 83 2004; (p. 119-126, notes 196-197)
'This article argues that Rowley's attempt to narrate Stead's life is hampered by Rowley's choice of narrative form. ... While this form of narrative works well enough for the years in which Stead was a public achiever, it is less well-adapted to describing the life led by Stead as she became frail and elderly' (119).
The Insight of an Exile Rachel Cunneen , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 22 July 2007; (p. 20)
The Mocking Country Hazel Rowley , 2007 single work essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25-26 August 2007; (p. 8-9)
Hazel Rowley, visiting Australia after a ten-year absence, ponders the question: 'Why aren't Australians proud of the writers and artists who have sprung from our soil?' with particular reference to expatriate writer Christina Stead.
Yes, Go, Chrissie Rosemary Sorensen (interviewer), 1993 single work interview
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July no. 152 1993; (p. 5-7)
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