Literary Techniques

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McCullough's sixth book, The First Man in Rome, is the author's first foray into historical fiction, and her extensive historical...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

Perhaps the most obvious way of approaching The First Man in Rome is to compare its complex historical situation with that of the...

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Social Concerns

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In The First Man in Rome, McCullough tells her story against the backdrop of the competitiveness, quarreling, and infighting between...

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(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

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Brookner, Anita. “Continental Drift.” The Times Literary Supplement, no. 3941 (October 7, 1977).

Dam, Julie K. L., and John Hannah. “Thorny Bird.” People Weekly 54, no. 22 (November 27, 2000): 213.

DeMarr, Mary Jean. Colleen McCullough: A Critical Companion. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996.

Greenberg, Joanne. “Love and Duty.” The New York Times Book Review 86 (October 25, 1981): 14, 54.

Hall, Melissa Mia. “A Very American Whodunit.” Publishers Weekly 253, no. 16 (April 17, 2006): 162.

Morris, Gwen. “An Australian Ingredient in American Soap: The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough.” Journal of Popular Culture 24, no. 4 (Spring, 1991).

Parasuram, Laxmi. “The Thorn Birds: An Australian Odyssey.” Journal of Australian Literature 1 (June, 1990): 101-110.

Steinberg, Sybil. “Colleen McCullough: The Indefatigable Australian Author Has Embarked on a Five-Volume Series Set in Ancient Rome.” Publishers Weekly 237, no. 37 (September 14, 1990): 109-110.

Literary Precedents

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The First Man in Rome is a historical novel, a genre that has been tackled by various writers with varying degrees of success. Robert...

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Related Titles

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In The Thorn Birds (1977) McCullough examined the love relationship between Meggie and Father Ralph de Bricassart, the ambitious...

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