Christina Stead

Christina Stead, 1902–83, Australian novelist, b. Rockdale, New South Wales. She worked in the United States in the 1940s, emigrated to England in 1953, then returned to Australia in 1974. Her novels, written in the distinctive language of the interior monologist, treat the problem of evil, particularly the destruction wrought by human obsessions. In addition to The Man Who Loved Children (1940), her masterpiece, her novels include Seven Poor Men of Sydney (1934), the autobiographical For Love Alone (1944), A Little Tea, A Little Chat (1948), The Little Hotel (1975) Miss Herbert (The Suburban Wife) (1976), and the posthumous I'm Dying Laughing (1987). Stead also wrote novellas, short stories, and essays.

See Christina Stead: A Biography (1994) by H. Rowley; studies by J. Lidoff (1982), D. Brydon (1987), and S. Sheridan (1988).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

From the Margins of Empire: Christina Stead, Doris Lessing, Nadine Gordimer
Louise Yelin.
Cornell University Press, 1998
Reading I've Liked: A Personal Selection Drawn from Two Decades of Reading and Reviewing
Clifton Fadiman.
Simon and Schuster, 1941
Librarian’s tip: "The Salzburg Tales [The Prologue and the Personages]" by Christina Stead begins on p. 545
A Reconsideration of Christina Stead at Work: Fact into Fiction
Blake, Ann.
Australian Literary Studies, Vol. 18, No. 1, May 1997
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Biography, Narrative and Christina Stead: An Imperfect Match?
Tridgell, Susan.
Journal of Australian Studies, No. 83, September 2004
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Writers Behaving Badly: Stead, Bourdieu and Australian Literary Culture
Rooney, Brigid.
Australian Literary Studies, Vol. 20, No. 1, May 2001
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'Scorched Earth', Washington and the Missing Manuscript of Christina Stead's I'm Dying Laughing
Pender, Anne.
Australian Literary Studies, Vol. 21, No. 3, May 2004
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Faith of a (Woman) Writer
Alice Kessler-Harris; William McBrien.
Greenwood Press, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 22 "Sexual Politics and Female Heroism in the Novels of Christina Stead"
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