Christina Stead: For Love Alone

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  • Anna Snaith
  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume Australian Writing and Culture.

For Love Alone was Christina Stead's fifth novel, and the second with an Australian setting. She described it as a sequel to The Man Who Loved Children (1940), her loosely autobiographical depiction of her early family life. In many respects this novel is even more autobiographically accurate than its prequel, although Stead does, as in The Man Who Loved Children, alter the dates of events. Stead left Australia in 1928, whereas Teresa Hawkins, Stead's heroine, arrives in London in 1936. Harcourt Brace did not require an American setting, as Simon and Schuster had done with The Man Who Loved Children, so the sequel became Stead's most important Australian novel. In particular, Stead focuses on Australia as an &…

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Snaith, Anna. "For Love Alone". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 July 2001
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