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Issue Details: First known date: 1934... 1934 Seven Poor Men of Sydney
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'Seven Poor Men of Sydney is a brilliant portrayal of a group of men and women living in Sydney in the 1920s amid conditions of poverty and social turmoil.

Set against the vividly drawn backgrounds of Fisherman's (Watson's) Bay and the innercity slums, the various characters seek to resolve their individual spiritual dilemmas; through politics, religion and philosophy.

Their struggles, their pain and their frustrations are portrayed with consummate skill in this memorable evocation of a city and an era.' (Publication summary)

Exhibitions

18005830
18005672

Contents

* Contents derived from the Carlton, Parkville - Carlton area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,:Melbourne University Publishing , 2015 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Introduction, Delia Falconer , single work criticism

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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      Peter Davies ,
      1934 .
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      Extent: 358p.
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Appleton ,
      1935 .
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      Extent: vi, 369 p.p.
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1965 .
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      Extent: xv, 319p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by R. G. Geering.
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Pacific Books , 1971 .
      Extent: xv, 319p.
      ISBN: 0207121370
      Series: Pacific Books Angus and Robertson (publisher), 1961 series - publisher The establishment of this paperback imprint of Angus Robertson was spearheaded by Beatrice Davis. It started with print runs of 20,000 in 1961 (Paper Empires: History of Book in Australia, 18).This paperback series, published by Angus and Robertson, contains both numbered and unnumbered volumes.
    • North Ryde, Ryde - Gladesville - Hunters Hill area, Northwest Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Imprint , 1990 .
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      Extent: 319p.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Margaret Harris.
      ISBN: 0207170231 (pbk.)
      Series: Imprint Classics Angus and Robertson (publisher), series - publisher
    • Bondi Junction, Bondi area, Sydney Eastern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: ETT Imprint , 1999 .
      Extent: 319p.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Margaret Harris.
      ISBN: 1875892605
Language: Italian
    • Milan,
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      Italy,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Garzanti ,
      1988 .
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      Alternative title: Sette Poveracci di Sydney
      Extent: 342p.
      ISBN: 8811663229

Other Formats

  • Also sound recording; large print.

Works about this Work

Dazzling Book by a Sydney Girl Montague Grover , single work review
— Review of Seven Poor Men of Sydney Christina Stead , 1934 single work novel
y separately published work icon Sydney and Its Waterway in Australian Literary Modernism Meg Brayshaw , New York (City) : Palgrave Macmillan , 2021 21207298 2021 multi chapter work criticism

'This book examines literary representations of Sydney and its waterway in the context of Australian modernism and modernity in the interwar period. Then as now, Sydney Harbour is both an ecological wonder and ladened with economic, cultural, historical and aesthetic significance for the city by its shores. In Australia’s earliest canon of urban fiction, writers including Christina Stead, Dymphna Cusack, Eleanor Dark, Kylie Tennant and M. Barnard Eldershaw explore the myth and the reality of the city ‘built on water’. Mapping Sydney via its watery and littoral places, these writers trace impacts of empire, commercial capitalism, global trade and technology on the city, while drawing on estuarine logics of flow and blockage, circulation and sedimentation to innovate modes of writing temporally, geographically and aesthetically specific to Sydney’s provincial modernity. Contributing to the growing field of oceanic or aqueous studies, Sydney and its Waterway and Australian Modernism shows the capacity of water and human-water relations to make both generative and disruptive contributions to urban topography and narrative topology.'

Source : publisher's blurb

In Triumph Over the Spirit Lost : Revisiting Seven Poor Men of Sydney Liam Diviney , 2020 single work essay
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , June 2020;
Books to Read through Coronavirus Lockdown as Recommended by Professional Readers Hannah Reich , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , May 2020;

'We may be entering the dreaded third quarter of isolation, when things start getting a bit weird and a little too much to bear.'

y separately published work icon Reflectant Tides : The Aqueous Poetics of Sydney in Women's Fiction, 1934-1947 Meg Brayshaw , Penrith : 2018 18029044 2018 single work thesis

'In Sydney, the period between the two world wars was a time of rapid change, when ‘modern’ was considered a goal to which the city and its people should strive. The 1930s were bookended by the opening of the Harbour Bridge in 1932 and the 1938 Sesquicentenary of the First Fleet’s landing, two events that figured Sydney as the triumphant end point of a narrative of national, white Australian progress. This period also saw the publication of a number of novels by Australian women writers that took the contemporary city as their setting and scrutinised urban modernity as a state of being and an ideological position. This thesis takes as its focus five novels that depict and debate the multiple and often combative discourses of modernity that flowed through Australia’s first and most populous urban centre in the interwar period: Seven Poor Men of Sydney (1934) by Christina Stead, Jungfrau (1936) by Dymphna Cusack, Waterway (1938) by Eleanor Dark, Foveaux (1939) by Kylie Tennant, and Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow (1947; 1983) by M. Barnard Eldershaw. Through close reading within and across the novels, I argue that this generation of women writers pioneered a distinctly Australian, modern urban poetics that is best described as aqueous. Responding to Sydney as a dynamic estuarine environment, each writer mobilises water as location and literary device, infusing the modern city’s spaces and processes with productively aqueous qualities of changeability and circulation, unsettlement and motility. Making heuristic use of a Benjaminian framework for dialectical urban thinking, I read this aqueous poetics of Sydney against the narrative of progress epitomised by the Bridge and Sesquicentenary, arguing that in contradistinction to this narrative, the novels present an Australian urban modernity of material emplacement in an unpredictably watery sphere, where history settles and sediments, multiple ideological schemas flow into one another, and relations between bodies, space and power generate constant contestation.'

Source: Abstract.

A Reader's Notebook Nettie Palmer , 1935 single work review
— Appears in: All About Books , 11 February vol. 7 no. 2 1935; (p. 21-23)

— Review of Hard Light Frederick T. Macartney , 1932 single work poetry ; Melbourne Odes Furnley Maurice , 1934 selected work poetry prose ; Love Redeemed William Baylebridge , 1934 selected work poetry ; Seven Poor Men of Sydney Christina Stead , 1934 single work novel ; An Eden of the Good Grant Madison Hervey , 1934 single work novel
Australian Literature Society [Meeting Report] F. G. G. Hynes , 1935 single work review column
— Appears in: All About Books , 12 July vol. 7 no. 7 1935; (p. 119)

— Review of Saraband for Dead Lovers Helen Simpson , 1935 single work novel ; Seven Poor Men of Sydney Christina Stead , 1934 single work novel ; Forty-Six : 46 W. S. Howard , 1934 single work novel ; Lest We Lose Our Edens Jean Campbell , 1935 single work novel
[Review] Miss Herbert (The Suburban Wife) 1935 single work review
— Appears in: The North Queensland Register , 26 January 1935; (p. 25)

— Review of Seven Poor Men of Sydney Christina Stead , 1934 single work novel
Young Xavier is No Idealist Laurie Clancy , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 January 1991; (p. rev 6)

— Review of South of Capricornia : Short Stories 1925-1934 Xavier Herbert , 1990 selected work short story ; Seven Poor Men of Sydney Christina Stead , 1934 single work novel ; Capricornia : A Novel Xavier Herbert , 1938 single work novel
Paperbacks Simon Hughes , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Herald (Sunday Review) , 27 January 1991; (p. 17)

— Review of Blessed City : The Letters of Gwen Harwood to Thomas Riddell, January to September 1943 Gwen Harwood , 1990 selected work correspondence ; Painted Woman Sue Woolfe , 1989 single work novel ; Seven Poor Men of Sydney Christina Stead , 1934 single work novel
A Note on Christina Stead and China Jianjun Li , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 2 no. 2003; (p. 93-97)
Discusses the representations of China and Chinese people in Christina Stead's work.
Christina Stead in Japanese Margaret Harris , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 2 no. 2003; (p. 99-103)
Examines some Stead correspondence relating to a proposed translation of Seven Poor Men of Sydney into Japanese that did not eventuate 'due to the financial difficulties and eventual collapse of the intended publisher' (p.99).
'Those Boys Told Me Everything' : The Politics of the Secretary of Christina Stead's 1930s Fiction Brigid Rooney , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 17 no. 1 2003; (p. 29-35)

Rooney examines how 'Stead's fiction intricately negotiates her encounters with these [the banking and Popular Front politics worlds] divergent "phallocracies" through the multivalent and liminal figure of the secretary.' Rooney notes that while 'Stead's narrative use of the male political secretary safeguards her identity as a socially accepatable women' it also provides 'a context for discerning the nature of her contribution to 1930s debates about capitalism, communism and revolution.'

Best Sellers and A.B.A. Recommendations 1935 single work column
— Appears in: All About Books , 11 February vol. 7 no. 2 1935; (p. 26-27)
Christina Stead's "Seven Poor Men of Sydney" Michael Wilding , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Radical Tradition : Lawson, Furphy, Stead 1993; (p. 59-82) Studies in Classic Australian Fiction 1997; (p. 160-186)
Last amended 14 Nov 2017 15:04:51
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  • Urban,
  • Sydney, New South Wales,
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