Christina Stead

Christina SteadChristina 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.”

If you want to read more about her, you can’t do better than to check out Bill’s review at The Australian Legend of Chris William’s 1989 biography.

In 2016 ANZ LitLovers hosted Christina Stead Week (Nov 14-20), and this page gathers together all the reviews shared by readers who participated, eventually forming a valuable resource for anyone who wants to find out more about Christina Stead and her work.

Novels (title 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)

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, as it is known in the UK and Australia)

The Little Hotel (1973)

Miss Herbert (The Suburban Wife) (1976)

I’m Dying Laughing: The Humourist (1986)

Short stories

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) Guy Savage at His Futile Preoccupations has very usefully listed all the stories from the table of contents in this collection


Christina Stead, a Life of Letters by Chris Williams

Christina Stead, A Biography by Hazel Rowley

Monday Musings on 1902, the Year of Christina Stead’s birth

Lisa’s response, tracing the literary influences on Stead from Hazel Rowley’s bio

Monday Musings on Christina Stead’s works from the 1930s, reviews from her contemporary (Australian) critics:

Finally, there is a veritable wealth of links to online commentary and reviews at Pykk.

To source the work of Christina Stead, in Australia Fishpond has a good range of both new and used titles, and Text Publishing has just released  four new titles in the Text Classics range all available in eBook or print)

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