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Issue Details: First known date: 1948-1985... 1948-1985 The Harp in the South Trilogy
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Contents

* Contents derived from the Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,:Penguin , 1987 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Missus, Ruth Park , single work novel

'Missus takes us behind the lives of Hughie and Mumma, out of the gritty realism of inner city slum life and into the past of the stations, the bush and the country towns.

We meet them as they were in the early 1920s, drifter Hugh Darcy, the unwilling hero who sweeps the dreamily innocent Margaret Kilker off her feet. Ruth Park richly creates the turmoil of those early days of their courtship in the dusty outback, filled with beautifully drawn characters that will make you laugh as much as cry.' (Publication summary)

The Harp in the South, Ruth Park , single work novel

'Amid the brothels, grog shops and run-down boarding houses of inner-city Surry Hills, money is scarce and life is not easy. Crammed together within the thin walls of Twelve-and-a-Half Plymouth Street are the Darcy family: Mumma, loving and softhearted; Hughie, her drunken husband; pipe-smoking Grandma; Roie, suffering torments over her bitter-sweet first love; while her younger sister Dolour learns about life the hard way.' (Book description from publisher's website.)

Poor Man's Orange, Ruth Park , single work novel

'First published in 1949 as the sequel to the award-winning "The Harp in the South", this novel continues the story of the Darcy family of Sydney. The author also wrote "Swords and Crowns and Rings", which won the Miles Franklin Award.' (Publication summary)

* Contents derived from the Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,:Penguin , 2009 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Missus, Ruth Park , single work novel

'Missus takes us behind the lives of Hughie and Mumma, out of the gritty realism of inner city slum life and into the past of the stations, the bush and the country towns.

We meet them as they were in the early 1920s, drifter Hugh Darcy, the unwilling hero who sweeps the dreamily innocent Margaret Kilker off her feet. Ruth Park richly creates the turmoil of those early days of their courtship in the dusty outback, filled with beautifully drawn characters that will make you laugh as much as cry.' (Publication summary)

The Harp in the South, Ruth Park , single work novel

'Amid the brothels, grog shops and run-down boarding houses of inner-city Surry Hills, money is scarce and life is not easy. Crammed together within the thin walls of Twelve-and-a-Half Plymouth Street are the Darcy family: Mumma, loving and softhearted; Hughie, her drunken husband; pipe-smoking Grandma; Roie, suffering torments over her bitter-sweet first love; while her younger sister Dolour learns about life the hard way.' (Book description from publisher's website.)

Includes

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y separately published work icon Missus Ruth Park , Melbourne : Nelson , 1985 Z389929 1985 single work novel

'Missus takes us behind the lives of Hughie and Mumma, out of the gritty realism of inner city slum life and into the past of the stations, the bush and the country towns.

We meet them as they were in the early 1920s, drifter Hugh Darcy, the unwilling hero who sweeps the dreamily innocent Margaret Kilker off her feet. Ruth Park richly creates the turmoil of those early days of their courtship in the dusty outback, filled with beautifully drawn characters that will make you laugh as much as cry.' (Publication summary)

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y separately published work icon The Harp in the South Ruth Park , 1947 Z1326724 1947 single work novel (taught in 2 units)
— Appears in: The Harp in the South Trilogy 1987;

— Appears in: Great Australian Writers : Miles Franklin, Henry Handel Richardson, Mrs Aeneas Gunn, Ruth Park 1987; (p. 513-698)

'Amid the brothels, grog shops and run-down boarding houses of inner-city Surry Hills, money is scarce and life is not easy. Crammed together within the thin walls of Twelve-and-a-Half Plymouth Street are the Darcy family: Mumma, loving and softhearted; Hughie, her drunken husband; pipe-smoking Grandma; Roie, suffering torments over her bitter-sweet first love; while her younger sister Dolour learns about life the hard way.' (Book description from publisher's website.)

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y separately published work icon Poor Man's Orange Ruth Park , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1949 Z196404 1949 single work novel
— Appears in: The Harp in the South Trilogy 1987;

'First published in 1949 as the sequel to the award-winning "The Harp in the South", this novel continues the story of the Darcy family of Sydney. The author also wrote "Swords and Crowns and Rings", which won the Miles Franklin Award.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1948-1985
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1987 .
      Alternative title: Ruth Park's Harp in the South Novels
      Extent: 633p.
      ISBN: 0140104569

Works about this Work

[Untitled] Jenny Zimmerman , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Winter vol. 17 no. 2 2009; (p. 35)

— Review of The Harp in the South Trilogy Ruth Park , 1948-1985 series - author novel
Zimmerman gives a reflective review of this volume of works but questions the omission of biographical notes and historical background 'given the prominence of these novels in Australian literature'.
Bitter Fruit: Ruth Park’s Trilogy of Want and Human Spirit Shirley Walker , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 313 2009; (p. 25-26)

— Review of The Harp in the South Trilogy Ruth Park , 1948-1985 series - author novel
Bitter Fruit: Ruth Park’s Trilogy of Want and Human Spirit Shirley Walker , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 313 2009; (p. 25-26)

— Review of The Harp in the South Trilogy Ruth Park , 1948-1985 series - author novel
Bitter Fruit: Ruth Park’s Trilogy of Want and Human Spirit Shirley Walker , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 313 2009; (p. 25-26)

— Review of The Harp in the South Trilogy Ruth Park , 1948-1985 series - author novel
[Untitled] Jenny Zimmerman , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Winter vol. 17 no. 2 2009; (p. 35)

— Review of The Harp in the South Trilogy Ruth Park , 1948-1985 series - author novel
Zimmerman gives a reflective review of this volume of works but questions the omission of biographical notes and historical background 'given the prominence of these novels in Australian literature'.
Bitter Fruit: Ruth Park’s Trilogy of Want and Human Spirit Shirley Walker , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 313 2009; (p. 25-26)

— Review of The Harp in the South Trilogy Ruth Park , 1948-1985 series - author novel
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