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Issue Details: First known date: 1958... 1958 To the Islands
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'To the Islands concerns the ordeal of Stephen Heriot, an elderly, careworn, and disillusioned Anglican missionary who abandons his mission when he mistakenly believes he has accidentally killed one of his Aboriginal charges in a not entirely unprovoked confrontation. Heriot flees into the desert not to escape justice but to embrace its desolate beauty and its elemental purity as the one objective reality and the one certainty left available to him.

Heriot's flight and his embrace of the desert may be seen as his attempt, as a European Australian, to immerse himself in the landscape, to make himself one with the land. At this realistic level, the novel enacts the ontological and existential dilemma that confronts most — if not all — European Australians, the dilemma that Professor Hassall [in his introduction to the 2002 UQP Australian Authors version] defines as the continuing quest for psychic integration, for reconciliation with indigenous Australians, and with the land itself.'

Wells-Green, James. [Untitled Review.] JAS Review of Books 15 (May 2003)

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form y separately published work icon To the Islands : A Play for Broadcasting Joy Hollyer , (Manuscript version)x401241 Z980707 single work drama radio play

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Notes

  • Dedication: To Sally Gare and Bill Jamison with admiration
  • Epigraph: My cell 'tis, lady, where instead of masks, Music, tilts, tourneys and such courtlike shows, The hollow murmur of the checkless winds Shall groan again; while the uinquiet sea Shakes the whole rock with foamy battery. There usherless the air comes in and out: The rheumy vault will force your eyes to weep, Whilst you behold true desolation. A rocky barrenness shall pierce your eyes, Where all at once one reaches where he stands, With brows the roof, both walls with both his hands. Marston: The Malcontent
  • Author's note: This is not, by intention, a realistic novel; no white character, therefore, and no major incident in the plot, is drawn from life. ... R. S.
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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      MacDonald ,
      1958 .
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      Extent: 204p.
    • Boston, Massachusetts,
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Little, Brown ,
      1958 .
      Extent: 204p.
      Edition info: 1st American edition
    • Harmondsworth, Middlesex,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Mitcham, Blackburn - Mitcham - Vermont area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin ,
      1962 .
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      1962 paperback edition cover. This image has been sourced from the website of Perry Middlemiss
      Extent: 208p.
      Reprinted: 1971 , 1974 , 1975
      Note/s:
      • 'An Australian Penguin Book' (Cover)
      • Printed in Australia.
      Series: Australian Penguin Books Penguin (publisher), series - publisher Number in series: AU1
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2015 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Bernadette Brennan.
      ISBN: 9781922253101
Alternative title: Zu jenen Inseln : Roman
Language: German

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  • Also braille and sound recording.

Works about this Work

In Conscious Exile Geordie Williamson , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Monthly , November no. 117 2015; (p. 58-59)
'The Text Classics series has had some coups since its inauguration in 2012 - re-publication of works by David Ireland and Elizabeth Harrower spring to mind - but nothing on this scale. In August, Text reissued five novels by Randolph Stow, with accompanying essays by significant Australian writers and critics.' (Author's introduction)
Well Read Katharine England , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 19 September 2015; (p. 28)

— Review of To the Islands Randolph Stow , 1958 single work novel ; The Girl Green as Elderflower Randolph Stow , 1980 single work novel ; Visitants Randolph Stow , 1979 single work novel ; The Suburbs of Hell : A Novel Randolph Stow , 1984 single work novel ; Tourmaline Randolph Stow , 1963 single work novel
Australia and the Post-Colonial Novel Helen Andrews , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , October vol. 59 no. 10 2015; (p. 70-73)
Gold, but Not Water Nicolas Rothwell , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 22-23 August 2015; (p. 16-17)

— Review of The Girl Green as Elderflower Randolph Stow , 1980 single work novel ; The Suburbs of Hell : A Novel Randolph Stow , 1984 single work novel ; To the Islands Randolph Stow , 1958 single work novel ; Tourmaline Randolph Stow , 1963 single work novel ; Visitants Randolph Stow , 1979 single work novel
Forbidding Treasure Nicolas Rothwell , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7-8 March 2015; (p. 6-8)

Western fascination with the north Kimberley coastline has endured since seafarers encountered it in the 17th century, writes Nicholas Rothwell.

Remembering Stow Thomas Shapcott , 2002-2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January no. 247 2002-2003; (p. 64)

— Review of To the Islands Randolph Stow , 1958 single work novel ; Tourmaline Randolph Stow , 1963 single work novel
[Review] To the Islands James Wells-Green , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: JAS Review of Books , May no. 15 2003;

— Review of To the Islands Randolph Stow , 1958 single work novel
Allusive but Timely Elizabeth Perkins , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , Spring vol. 21 no. 4 2002; (p. 57-58)

— Review of Tourmaline Randolph Stow , 1963 single work novel ; To the Islands Randolph Stow , 1958 single work novel
[Review] To the Islands Christian Mondeil , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 17 no. 3 2003; (p. 67-68)

— Review of To the Islands Randolph Stow , 1958 single work novel
Spiritual Journeys Hold Plenty of Intrigue Herb Hild , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 12 January 1992; (p. 19)

— Review of Corroboree Graham Masterton , 1984 single work novel ; Tourmaline Randolph Stow , 1963 single work novel ; To the Islands Randolph Stow , 1958 single work novel ; The Girl Green as Elderflower Randolph Stow , 1980 single work novel
Messiahs and Millennia in Randolph Stow's Novels Robyn Wallace , 1981 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 3 no. 2 1981; (p. 56-72)

'The novels I shall concentrate on in discussing messiahs and millennia in Stow's work are To the Islands, Tourmaline, Visitants, and The Girl Green as Elderflower. Tourmaline and Visitants are the two which most clearly relate to millenarian themes. Tourmaline records the growth, and collapse, of a millenarian cult centred on the messianic or would-be messianic figure of the diviner Michael Random. Visitants is a structurally more complex exploration of three millenarian visions and their communal and personal repercussions, although the connotations of the title are not restricted to cargo or flying saucer cults.' (Publication abstract)

Australian 'Everymans' : Post-Medieval Spiritual Adventurers Margaret Rogerson , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Medievalism and the Gothic in Australian Culture 2006; (p. 81-97)
Margaret Rogerson demonstrates types of medievalism in Australian literature, through a discussion of the deployment of the 'everyman' figure.
Remembering Victims and Perpetrators Klaus Neumann , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: UTS Review , May vol. 4 no. 1 1998; (p. 1-17)
Randolph Stow's Tourmaline and To the Islands Gerald Moore , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: The International Fiction Review , vol. 14 no. 2 1987; (p. 68-74)
Vanishing Wunderkind Anthony J. Hassall , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 314 2009; (p. 29-31)
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