Christina Stead (1902-1983) was a major Australian novelist who wrote twelve novels and several collections of short stories. She was described by the New Yorker as ‘the most extraordinary woman novelist …since Virginia Woolf’ and Saul Bellow thought she was really marvellous.” I’ve read just a couple of her novels so I’m delighted to see how much interest there is in having a Christina Stead week this year, and*drum roll* I’m announcing that ANZ LitLovers will host it from November 14th to 20th, 2016.
The reading week coincides with the release by Text Publishing of four new titles in the Text Classics range all available in eBook or print)
but readers can choose any of Stead’s novels, short stories or other works. I plan to follow the same process as I do when hosting Indigenous Literature Week, that is to set up a separate permanent page which will host links to reviews from anyone who wants to participate, eventually forming a valuable resource for anyone who wants to find out more about Christina Stead and her work. Reviews can be posted on your own blog, or on community sites like Goodreads or Library Thing if you don’t have your own blog.
I’m going to start with Stead’s first novel Seven Poor Men of Sydney but if I finish Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus in time I hope to be able to tackle one of her shorter works as well.
Titles to choose from are:
Novels (links are to Wikipedia)
- Seven Poor Men of Sydney (1934)
- The Beauties and Furies (1936)
- House of All Nations (1938)
- The Man Who Loved Children (1940) (see my review)
- For Love Alone (1945)
- Letty Fox: Her Luck (1946)
- A Little Tea, a Little Chat (1948)
- The People with the Dogs (1952)
- Dark Places of the Heart (1966) (aka Cotters’ England)
- The Little Hotel (1973) (see my review);
- Miss Herbert (The Suburban Wife) (1976)
- I’m Dying Laughing: The Humourist (1986)
- The Salzburg Tales (1934)
- The Puzzleheaded Girl: Four Novellas (1965) (containing The Puzzleheaded Girl, The Dianas, The Rightangled Creek and Girl from the Beach)
- A Christina Stead Reader (1978) edited by Jean B. Read
- Ocean of Story: The Uncollected Stories of Christina Stead, edited by R. G. Geering (1985)
So, bookmark this page, pop the date into your reading diary and drop back here with a link to your review when you’re ready!