Prelude to Christopher

Eleanor Dark
AUD $19.99
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'A terribly beautiful book' - Miles Franklin

Published in 1934 and regarded as Australia's first modernist novel, Prelude to Christopher covers four days following a car crash where a doctor is critically injured, and the women around him struggle with their hopes, inhibitions and knowledge.

'...perfectly captures the feeling of the subterranean horror which flows silently under everyday life' - The Penguin New Literary History of Australia

Author bio:

Eleanor Dark was born in 1901 and educated in Sydney. She is one of Australia's most highly regarded writers of the 1930s and '40s.

Dark began writing in her childhood and contributed verse, short stories and articles to various magazines. Her first novel, Slow Dawning, was published in 1932. A further nine novels followed: Prelude to Christopher (1934), Return to Coolami (1936), Sun Across the Sky (1937), Waterway (1938), The Little Company (1945), Lantana Lane (1959), and the trilogy of historical novels The Timeless Land (1941), Storm of Time (1948) and No Barrier (1953).

Dark also wrote short fiction, essays, radio scripts and poetry. She was married to Eric Dark, a medical doctor and leftist social thinker. She died in 1985, and Varuna, her house in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, is now a writers' centre.

Category: Fiction
ISBN: 9781743315682
Awards: Winner ALS Gold Medal 1934 AU
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: A&U House Of Books
Pub Date: December 2012
Page Extent: 184
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Fiction & related items

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