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Margaret Harris and Fiona Morrison

Margaret Harris is Director of Research Development in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Sydney. Along with Elizabeth Webby, she jointly holds an Australian Research Council grant for the project ‘Patrick White in the Twenty-First Century’.


Fiona Morrison is a Lecturer in Australian and Post-colonial Literature in the School of English, Media and Performing Arts at the University of New South Wales. Her latest book is Selected Prose of Dorothy Hewett (UWAP, 2011); her most recent essay on Christina Stead is ‘An American Introduction: Perfect Readers, Unread Books and Christina Stead’s The Man Who Loved Children’.

Margaret Harris and Fiona Morrison on 'The Man Who Loved Children' and 'Letty Fox' by Christina Stead

October 2011, no. 335 27 September 2011
Christina Stead is an author perennially ripe for rediscovery. Her acknowledged masterpiece, The Man Who Loved Children, came out originally in 1940; in 2005, it figured in Time’s list of the 100 best novels published since 1923. But in his introduction to the Miegunyah Modern Library edition of the novel, American novelist Jonathan Franzen cites a more recondite statistic, from a 1980 study whi ... (read more)