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'By the end of the nineteenth century, both Rosa Praed and Louis Becke had established international literary careers, in Australia, Britain and the United States. Praed has been claimed as "the first Australian-born novelist to achieve a significant international reputation".' Almost certainly she can lay claim to being the first Australian-born novelist to be published in the United States, although she had been resident in England for several years before her novel Nadine appeared in New York in Munro's Seaside Library in 1883. Of Praed's forty-seven published works, twenty-five appeared in American editions in the three decades from 1885 to 1915, including twenty-four of her thirty-eight novels in more than forty separate editions. Over the same period, Louis Becke achieved an even greater international reputation, if with a more spectacular rise and fall, primarily as a writer of tales of the South Seas. Across the fifteen years from 1895 to 1914, twenty-six of Becke's thirty-four books appeared in the American market.'  (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Australian Books and Authors in the American Marketplace : 1840s-1940s David Carter , Roger Osborne , Sydney : Sydney University Press , 2018 14035789 2018 multi chapter work criticism biography

    'Australian Books and Authors in the American Marketplace 1840s—1940s explores how Australian writers and their works were present in the United States before the mid twentieth century to a much greater degree than previously acknowledged. Drawing on fresh archival research and combining the approaches of literary criticism, print culture studies and book history, David Carter and Roger Osborne demonstrate that Australian writing was transnational long before the contemporary period. In mapping Australian literature’s connections to British and US markets, their research challenges established understandings of national, imperial and world literatures.

    Carter and Osborne examine how Australian authors, editors and publishers engaged productively with their American counterparts, and how American readers and reviewers responded to Australian works. They consider the role played by British publishers and agents in taking Australian writing to America, and how the international circulation of new literary genres created new opportunities for novelists to move between markets.

    Some of these writers, such as Christina Stead and Patrick White, remain household names; others who once enjoyed international fame, such as Dale Collins and Alice Grant Rosman, have been largely forgotten. The story of their books in America reveals how culture, commerce and copyright law interacted to create both opportunities and obstacles for Australian writers.' (Source: Publisher's blurb)

    Sydney : Sydney University Press , 2018
    pg. 51-82
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