Note: Sketches of authors were drawn by Louis Kahan. Other illustrations are by Tate Adams, Douglas Annand, Daryl Carnahan, Astrid Dahl, Robert Grieve, Robert Juniel, Eva Kubbos, Bruno Leepin, Janie Male, Alan McCulloch, J.S. Ostoja-Kotkowski, John Robinson, Henry Salkauskas, Imre Szigeti, Eric Thake, and Raymond Woods.
Issue Details:First known date:1967...1967On Native Grounds : Australian Writing from Meanjin Quarterly
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Barnes argues that Furphy constructed Such is Life to give an impression of the "seeming shapelessness and uncertain consequence of everyday life". Drawing on evidence from a typescript of the novel and Furphy's correspondence, Barnes demonstrates how Furphy deliberately imposed the narrative structure and hidden plots.
Note: With illustration of Joseph Furphy by Louis Kahan.
Phillips rejects the view that Lawson's prose lacks technical virtuosity. Phillips argues that Lawson's aim was not to tell a story, but to evoke the quality of Australian living. Lawson's spare narratives, effective understatement and ironic twists within a symmetrical structure produce stories of substantial artistic value.
Note: With an illustration of Henry Lawson by Louis Kahan.
Hope examines the stories of Lawson and Rudd and argues that Lawson's are the more universal because Rudd's fiction requires a greater understanding of his time and place. But Rudd was able to create universal comic characters, despite the presence of too much slap-stick comedy. Hope concludes that both writers deserve critical attention and should be accepted into the tradition of comic literature exemplified by Mark Twain.