Christina Stead’s unforgettable final novel—a profound examination of love and radicalism during the McCarthy era
In the wake of the Great Depression, Emily Wilkes, a young American journalist, travels to a Europe still scarred by World War I. During her crossing, she meets Stephen Howard, a charismatic and wealthy Communist who quickly converts Emily to his ideals when the two become lovers. Upon their return to the States, they marry and settle into a comfortable life in Hollywood as darlings of the American left. Emily shines as a screenwriter and novelist while Stephen dedicates himself to the Party line—but their radicalism soon finds them out of favor and retreating to Paris, where they tragically and bitterly unravel. Published posthumously by Christina Stead’s literary executor professor Ron Geering, I’m Dying Laughing is an unflinching look at political faith and romantic attachment.
Open Road Media; October 2012
- ISBN 9781453265239
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- Title: I'm Dying Laughing
- Author: Christina Stead
Imprint: Open Road Media
In The Press
“[Stead] is really marvelous.” —Saul Bellow
“The pages flicker and flame. . . .” —Vivian Gornick, author of The Situation and the Story
“A psychological writer par excellence.” —The New York Times
About The Author
Christina Stead (1902–1983) was an Australian writer regarded as one of the twentieth century’s master novelists. Stead spent most of her writing life in Europe and the United States, and her varied residences acted as the settings for a number of her novels. She is best known for The Man Who Loved Children (1940), which was praised by author Jonathan Franzen as a “crazy, gorgeous family novel” and “one of the great literary achievements of the twentieth century.” Stead died in her native Australia in 1983.