The "Paternoster Row Machine" and the Australian book trade, 1890-1945

Nile, Richard, and Walker, David (2001) The "Paternoster Row Machine" and the Australian book trade, 1890-1945. In: Lyons, Martin, and Arnold, John, (eds.) A History of the Book in Australia 1891-1945: a national culture in a colonised market. University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, pp. 3-18.

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[Extract] In 1914 the Australian journalist Katharine Susannah Prichard locked herself inside her Chelsea flat in London with the intention of writing a novel. Who knows how many others began the year with a similar determination? We do know that English publishing houses had produced 2300 novels in the preceding year and that for every novel accepted many more were turned away. The Times Literary Supplement had a low opinion of this recent literary outpouring, maintaining that while it contained 'sound and thoughtful' contributions from most of the 'living masters of the novel' there were no works of striking creativity. Yet the output in 1913 had certainly been varied an included D. H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers and Joseph Conrad's Chance. Sax Rohmer's Dr Fu Manchu, the first of a number of novels dealing with the evil Chinese doctor, also appeared.

Item ID: 54126
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-7022-3234-3
Keywords: novelists, Australian literature, London, publishing, authorship,
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2018 03:33
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200502 Australian Literature (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) @ 80%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 20%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950203 Languages and Literature @ 100%
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