In 1933, two years before he published Lift Up Your Eyes
, Pratt founded the League of Youth of Australia, a society dedicated to the 'protection and preservation of the flora and fauna of Australia' and 'the development of ideals of citizenship in the minds of young Australians'. The latter aspiration is reflected in the novel.
In Journeys of an Amateur Orientalist
Paul Battersby further claims that Lift Up Your Eyes
is a semi-autobiographical (p.174). Graham Stone is less complimentary, writing in Notes on Australian Science Fiction
: 'Alleged to be a utopia' the book is 'actually one of those mushheaded religious concoctions about reforming society by the effotts of a band of eager beavers' (p.123).