The Critical Reception, 1891-1945

Pierce, Peter (2001) The Critical Reception, 1891-1945. In: Lyons, M., and Arnold, J., (eds.) A History of the Book in Australia 1891-1945. A History of the Book in Australia . University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, pp. 359-364.

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To celebrate the literary achievements of a century of European settle¬ment in Australia, and not least to acquaint an overseas readership with them, Douglas Sladen edited several anthologies of verse, notably A Century of Australian Song (London, Scott and Melbourne, E. W Cole, 1888). In his Introduction he averred that 'Australia is the country of the future'. He was not long detained by critical attention to the poetry that he had gathered, arguing instead for its rude charms. This was 'the work of people who have meditated in the open air and not under the lamp'. To be found there is the trace of a myth that the Sydney Bulletin, above all magazines, would be reckoned to foster: of everyone having a story that could be told, of verse that would draw on the actual experiences of outback life.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-7022-3234-3
Keywords: Australian fiction; literary criticism
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