Selected Critical Writings

Scholarly books and articles exploring Lindsay’s work.

Arnold, J. (1979) ‘Jack Lindsay, P.R. Stephenson and the Publication of D.H. Lawrence’s Paintings.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol.9 no.2, October, pp.242-243.

Arnold, J. (1984) ‘Jack Lindsay in Australia.’ In: Smith, B. (ed.) Culture and History: Essays Presented to Jack Lindsay. Sydney, Hale and Iremonger, pp.30-39.

Arnold, J. (1990) ‘Jack Lindsay: A Personal Memoir.’ Overland, no.121, Summer, pp.77-79.

Arnold, J. (2004) ‘Fanfrolico Frolics.’ Meanjin, vol.63, no.3, pp.65-74.

Bennet, B. (ed) (1981) ‘Jack Lindsay: Vision and London Aphrodite.’ In: Bennett B. (ed) Cross Currents: Magazines and Newspapers in Australian Literature. Melbourne: Longman Cheshire, pp.91-101.

Bernard, M. (1983) ‘Cleopatra and her Latest Lover: Jack Lindsay and the Theatre.’ Notes and Furphies, no. 10, April, pp.1-4.

Borg, J. (1984) ‘A poet for the people.’ In: Smith, B. (ed.) Culture and History: Essays Presented to Jack Lindsay. Sydney, Hale and Iremonger, pp.101-148

Borg, J. (1984) ‘Passage of Pegasus: the cultural anthropology of Jack Lindsay.’ In: Smith, B. (ed.) Culture and History: Essays Presented to Jack Lindsay. Sydney, Hale and Iremonger, pp.229-259.

Bounds, P. (2016) ‘Science, art and dissent: Jack Lindsay and the communist theory of culture.’ In: Bounds, P. and Berry, D. (eds.) British Marxism and Cultural Studies. London, Routledge, pp.21-43.

Bromwich, D. (1979) ‘Jack Lindsay book William Blake. His Life and Work.’ (Reviewed work: William Blake, His life and Work). New York Times, 24 June.

Brouwer, J. R. (1994)‘The Origins of Jack Lindsay’s Contribution to British Marxist Thought.’ Nature, Society, and Thought, vol. 7, no. 3, pp.261-279.

Burton, H. (1961) ‘The Lives of Jack Lindsay.” Meanjin Quarterly, vol.20, no.3 September, pp.320-322.

Colmer, D. (1987) ‘Jack Lindsay.’ In Colmer, D. & Colmer, J. (eds) The Penguin Book of Australian Autobiography. Ringwood, Victoria, Penguin, pp.95-103.

Connor, J.T. (2014) ‘Jack Lindsay, Socialist Humanism and the Communist Historical Novel.’ The Review of English Studies, New Series, vol.66, no.274, pp.342-363.

Corbett, J. (1972) ‘Jack Lindsay: A Man for the Moment.’ Overland, no.52, Winter, pp.38-40.

Croft, A. (1984) ‘“Extremely Crude Propaganda”? The Historical Novels of Jack Lindsay.’ In: Mackie, R. (ed), Jack Lindsay: the Thirties and Forties. London, University of London, Australian Studies Centre Occasional Paper No. 4, pp.32-45.

Doyle, J. (1986) ‘A Great Neglect Remedied: Jack Lindsay Welcomed Home.’ Australian Book Review, no.78 February-March, pp.12-13.

Field, M. (1973) ‘Jack Lindsay Honoured.’ Meanjin Quarterly, vol. 32, no.3, Spring, p.317.

Fitzgerald, R. D. (1961) ‘The Lives of Jack Lindsay.’ Meanjin Quarterly, vol. 20, no.3 September, pp.322-325

Fitzgerald, R. D. (1984) ‘Textures and Developments.’ In: Smith, B. (ed.) Culture and History: Essays Presented to Jack Lindsay. Sydney, Hale and Iremonger, pp. 89-100.

Fitzgerald, R. D. (1984) ‘Textures and Developments.’ Southerly, vol.41, no.4, December, pp.409-420.

Fitzgerald, R.D. (1958) ‘Jack Lindsay, Mystic?’ Nation, 11 October, pp.22-23.

Ford, H. (1965) A Poet’s War: British Poets and the Spanish Civil War. Oxford, Blackwell.

Fortheringham, R. (1972) ‘Expatriate Publishing: Jack Lindsay and the Fanfrolico Press.’ Meanjin Quarterly, vol 31, no. 1 Autumn, pp.56-61.

Gillen P. (1991) ‘Jack Lindsay’s Romantic Communism.’ Westerly, vol. 36, no. 2 June, pp. 65-71.

Gillen, P. (1984) ‘Interview with Jack Lindsay.’ Sound recording. Sydney, Fisher Library (University of Sydney).

Gillen, P. (1986) ‘Ancient Rome in Brisbane: Jack Lindsay’s The Blood Vote.’ In: Payne, C., McCarthy, P. & Brereton, K. (eds), Australian Mythological Sights, SitesCities. Sydney, Third Degree.

Gillen, P. (1993) Jack Lindsay: Faithful to the Earth. Sydney, Angus and Robertson.

Gillen, P. (1994) ‘The Last Man of Letters?’ Westerly, vol. 39, no.3 Spring, pp.83-87.

Gillen, P. (2001) ‘Tending The Birth of a Better World: Clem Christesen and Jack Lindsay.’  Meanjin: Fine Writing and Provocative Ideas, vol.60 no. 3, pp.110-123.

Harker, B. (2011) ‘“Communism is English”: Edgell Rickword, Jack Lindsay and the cultural politics of the popular front.’ Literature & History, vol.20, no.2, pp.16-34.

Harker, B. (2016) ‘Jack Lindsay’s Alienation.’ History Workshop Journal, vol.82, issue 1, Oct., pp.83-103.

Hawke, J. (2000) ‘The Politics of Symbolism: Correspondence of Randolph Hughes and Jack Lindsay.’ Southerly, vol. 60, no.1, pp.58-77

Hawthorn, J. (1984) ‘Between the slogans and the political biography: Jack Lindsay’s British Way novels.’ In: Smith, B. (ed.) Culture and History: Essays Presented to Jack Lindsay. Sydney, Hale and Iremonger, pp.198- 211.

Hergenhan, L.T. (1984) ‘Brian Penton’s 1930s novels: the ‘roots of the new psyche.’ In: Smith, B. (ed.) Culture and History: Essays Presented to Jack Lindsay. Sydney, Hale and Iremonger, pp. 72-88.

Huggett, C. (1981) ‘Jack Lindsay: A Personal Tribute.’ Overland, no.83, April, pp. 47-49.

Hughes, R. (1939) ‘The Art of Jack Lindsay.’ Australian Quarterly, vol 11, no. 1, pp.23-41.

Kirkpatrick, P.(1992) The sea coast of Bohemia: literary life in Sydney’s roaring twenties. St Lucia, Qld., University of Queensland Press. Revised edition 2007.

Klaus, G. H. (1982) The Socialist Novel in Britain: Towards the Recovery of a Tradition. Sussex, Harvester Press.

Lindsay, P. (1941) I’d Live the Same Life Over: Being the Progress or rather the circumgyration of Philip Lindsay. London, Hutchinson.

Loprev, N. (1984) ‘Jack Lindsay’s books in the Soviet Union: the novels. In: Smith, B. (ed.) Culture and History: Essays Presented to Jack Lindsay. Sydney, Hale and Iremonger, pp.181-197.

Mackie, R. & Morpeth, N. (1984) ‘From Nietzsche to Marx: The Passage and Formation of Jack Lindsay.’ In: Mackie, R. (ed.) Jack Lindsay: The Thirties and Forties. London, Univ. of London Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Australian Studies Centre, pp.81-95.

Malos, E. (1963) ‘Jack Lindsay’s Essay on Katharine Susannah Prichard’s Novels.’ Meanjin Quarterly, vol.22, no.4, Dec., pp.413-416.

McCrae, H. (1929) ‘Laurel-Time and Jack Lindsay.’ The Bulletin, vol.50, no. 2590, 2 October, The Red Page, p.2.

McLaren, J. (1985) ‘The Healing of Division: Jack Lindsay’s Life and Work.’ Meridian, vol.4, no.2, Oct., pp.189-192.

Mendelssohn, J. (1990) ‘Deja vu from a rose-coloured view of Romania.’ Sydney Morning Herald, 7 March.

Miles, B. (1984) ‘Cleopatra: her latest lover – Lindsay and the theatre.’ In: Smith, B. (ed.) Culture and History: Essays Presented to Jack Lindsay. Sydney, Hale and Iremonger, pp.223-228.

Montefiore, J. (1996) Men and Women Writers of the 1930s: The Dangerous Flood of History. London, Routledge.

Morpeth, N. (1985) ‘Jack Lindsay as Pilgrim.’ Overland, no. 101, Dec., pp.99-102.

Morpeth, N. (1993) ‘Jack Lindsay and Greco-Roman Antiquity: A Man of Letters in Biographical Context.’ Prudentia, vol.25, no.1, pp.42-68.

Morpeth, N. (2000) ‘Jack Lindsay, Dionysos and Nietzsche: Siren Calls – Ancient and Modern.’ Prudentia, vol.32, no.2, pp.138-180.

Munro, C. (1984) ‘Two Boys from Queensland: P.R. Stephensen and Jack Lindsay.’ In: Smith, B. (ed.) Culture and History: Essays Presented to Jack Lindsay. Sydney, Hale and Iremonger, pp. 40-71.

Nehls, E. (ed) (1959) D.H. Lawrence: A Composite Biography. Madison: University of Wisconian Press, vol. 3, pp.300-309.

Sharkey, M. (1994) ‘ “O Rare Young Man”:  David McKee Wright’s Bulletin Debates with Jack Lindsay, 1922/ 25.’  In: Lever, S. and Pratt, C. (eds.) Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Sixteenth Annual Conference Proceedings, 3-8 July, no.16, pp. 1-6.

Sitwell, E. (1966) ‘Letters to Jack Lindsay.’ Meanjin Quarterly, vol. 25, no.1, Autumn, pp.76-80.

Smith, B. (1983) ‘Jack Lindsay.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 11, no.2 October, pp. 216-226.

Smith, B. (ed.) (1984) Culture and History: Essays Presented to Jack Lindsay. Sydney, Hale and Iremonger.

Smith, D. (1978) Socialist Propaganda in the Twentieth Century British Novel, London, Macmillan.

Stephensen, P.R. (1954) Kookaburras and satyrs: some recollections of the Fanfrolico Press. Cremorne, N.S.W., Talkarra Press.

Tolley, A.T. (1975) The poetry of the Thirties. London, Victor Gollancz.

Vakrushev, V.S. (1984) ‘Men of Forty-Eight: a new type of historical novel.’ In: Smith, B. (ed.) Culture and History: Essays Presented to Jack Lindsay. Sydney, Hale and Iremonger, pp.212-222.

Watson, D. (1984) ‘On Guard for Spain and mass declamations.’ In: Smith, B. (ed.) Culture and History: Essays Presented to Jack Lindsay. Sydney, Hale and Iremonger, pp.149-159.

Wilding, M. (1981) ‘Jack Lindsay.’ Overland, no.83, April, pp.40.

Wilding, M. (1984) ‘1649: a novel of a year.’ In: Smith, B. (ed.) Culture and History: Essays Presented to Jack Lindsay. Sydney, Hale and Iremonger, pp. 160-179.

Wilding, M. (1997) Studies in Classic Australian Fiction (Sydney Studies in Society and Culture 16). Leichhardt, NSW, Sydney Studies; Nottingham, Shoestring Press.

Web Sites that Address Jack Lindsay’s Work

Brave New Classics: Classics, Communism and British Culture:

‘Brave New Classics (BNC) is a Leverhulme-funded ECF project designed to explore how the intellectual repercussions of the Russian Revolution affected British culture to 1956. It focuses on creative engagement with the Greek and Roman classics in British writing. In early 20th-century Britain diverse social groups were participating in culture to an unprecedented extent, and leftist writers — engaging with the classics — changed their creative practice to cater for these new readerships. This study examines the unexpected but electric convergence of British receptions of Soviet Marxism and classics, and their combined influence on British culture from 1917 to the Hungarian Revolution and Suez Crisis.’  One of the writers featured on the site is Jack Lindsay.

The Autodidact Project by Ralph Dumain:

This site explores the concept of autodidaticism, focusing its research on the question, ‘what is the relation of self to the universe of knowledge, regardless of the level of one’s formal education.’  The site features case studies of famous autodidacts, one of whom is Jack Lindsay.  His work is explored in an essay by Joel R. Brouwer titled ‘The Origins of Jack Lindsay’s Contributions to British Marxist Thought’, located at

The page also features links to the following sites that feature work by or about Jack on the Autodidact site:

It also provides the following offsite links:

Australian Dictionary of Biography: Lindsay, John (Jack) (1900-1990) by Paul Gillen:

Paul Gillen’s biographical essay about Jack Lindsay was first published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 18 (Melbourne University Press), 2012.