AustLit logo
image of person or book cover 3574972078178874518.jpg
Image courtesy of publisher's website.
y separately published work icon The Moods of Ginger Mick selected work   poetry   humour  
  • Author:agent C. J. Dennis http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/dennis-c-j-clarence-james
Issue Details: First known date: 1916... 1916 The Moods of Ginger Mick
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.

Adaptations

form y separately published work icon Ginger Mick Raymond Longford , Lottie Lyell , ( dir. Raymond Longford ) Australia : Southern Cross Feature Film Company , 1920 7574648 1920 single work film/TV

'[T]he truth, the pathos, and the humor of C. J. Dennis' great poems "The Moods of Ginger Mick" and "Doreen" are presented just as the author imagined it. The story of "Ginger Mick" is told in six reels, and follows the fortunes of "Ginger Mick" through his everyday life, his career as a soldier, and his final glorious ending on Gallipoli. The "Bloke" and "Doreen" also figure largely in the picture'.

Source:

'The Story of "Ginger Mick"', Western Champion, 10 June 1920, p.11.

Notes

  • Adapted for the 1920 film Ginger Mick directed by Raymond Longford. No copies of this film have survived.
  • Dennis had intended to include the poem 'The Battle of Wazzir' in the 1916 edition, however it was removed at the insistence of the censor.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,:Angus and Robertson , 1916 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Introductioni"Jist to intrajuice me cobber, an' 'is name is Ginger Mick-", C. J. Dennis , 1916 single work poetry (p. ix-xii)
Duck an' Fowli"Now when a bloke 'e cracks a bloke fer insults to a skirt,", C. J. Dennis , 1916 single work poetry humour (p. 15-19)
Wari"'E sez to me, "Wot's orl this flamin' War?", C. J. Dennis , 1916 single work poetry humour (p. 23-26)
'Ginger Mick'i"Remember Ginger Mick? 'E's done a break -", The Sentimental Bloke , 1915 single work poetry humour The Call of Stoush (p. 31-35)
The Pushi"Becos a crook done in a prince, an' narked an Emperor,", C. J. Dennis , 1916 single work poetry humour (p. 39-47)
Sari Bairi"On the day we hit the transport there was cheerin' on the pier,", C. J. Dennis , 1915 single work poetry (p. 51-56)
Ginger's Cobberi""'E wears perjarmer soots an' cleans 'is teeth,"", C. J. Dennis , 1915 single work poetry humour war literature (p. 59-65)
The Singing Soldiersi""When I'm sittin' in me dug-out wiv me rifle on me knees,", C. J. Dennis , 1915 single work poetry (p. 69-75)
In Spadger's Lanei"Ole Mother Moon 'oo yanks 'er beamin' dile", C. J. Dennis , 1915 single work poetry humour (p. 79-83)
Ginger Mick's Straight Griffeni""'Eroes? Orright. You 'ave it 'ow yeh like.", The Sentimental Bloke , 1915 single work poetry humour The Straight Griffin (p. 87-91)
A Letter to the Fronti"I suppose you sometimes dream, BILL, in between the scraps out there,", Den , 1915 single work poetry (p. 95-102)
Rabbitsi""Ar! Gimme fights wiv foeman I kin see,", C. J. Dennis , 1916 single work poetry humour (p. 103-110)
To the Boys Who Took the Counti"See, I'm writing to Mick as a bloke to a bloke,", The Sentimental Bloke , 1916 single work poetry (p. 113-117)
The Gamei""Ho! the sky's as blue as blazes an' the sun is shinin' bright,", C. J. Dennis , 1916 single work poetry (p. 121-126)
A Gallant Gentlemani"A month ago the world grew fer me;", C. J. Dennis , 1916 single work poetry (p. 129-135)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1916 .
      Printed by W. C. Penfold
      Link: 8492598Full text document AustLit Full Text
      Extent: 143 p., [15] leaves of plates (some col.)p.
      Description: col. illus.
      Reprinted: 1917 , 1918 , 1919 , 1920
      Note/s:
      • Dedication: 'To the boys who took the count'
      • Includes Glossary [of slang terms]: pp139-159.
      • 'The Author desires to acknowledge the previous publication in The Bulletin, Sydney, of numbers III., V., Vi., VII., VIII., IX., X., and XII., herein printed. The remaining verses are now published for the first time.' - t.p. verso
      • Frontispiece and title page illustration by Hal Gye.
      • Digitised by AustLit in cooperation with SETIS, 2003.
      Series: y separately published work icon Pocket Editions for the Trenches Angus and Robertson (publisher), 1916-1918 Z1309361 1916 series - publisher

      Published by Angus and Robertson in during the First World War, these small-format editions (14.5cm X 11.5cm.) were designed to fit the tunic pockets of the Anzacs. Each volume was published with a full colour dustjacket, frontispiece and title page vignette. 'Into their presentation was poured much love and care and, despite the necessary wartime frugality which generally restricted the use of all but monotone printing, the work of three outstanding illustrators was commissioned to be reproduced in full colour. Most of those illustrated editions left the country never to return and so copies are ... rare... It is interesting to speculate the effect these illustrations may have had on the troops - Norman Lindsay's dusty droving and homestead scenes, Lionel Lindsay's magnificent wild brumbies and his grandfatherly Saltbush surrounded by "little rouseabouts", Hal Gye's soldiers from an earlier conflict, ramrod straight on sentry duty or in the saddle' (Publishers note, Collected Verse of A. B. Paterson,1982, p.vii-viii).

      In 2018, HarperCollins republished the series (under the imprint Angus and Robertson) to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

    • Toronto, Ontario,
      c
      Canada,
      c
      Americas,
      :
      New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      C. B. Gundy ; John Lane ,
      1917 .
      Extent: 150p.p.
      Reprinted: 1918
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Complete Sentimental Bloke Neil James (editor), C. J. Dennis , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 2001 Z1378117 2001 selected work poetry Brings together all C. J. Dennis' books using his 'Sentimental Bloke' characters. Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 2001
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Sydney University Press , 2009 .
      Extent: ix, 87p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Philip Butterss.
      • Includes: Glossary (p 67) Bibliography (p 87)
      ISBN: 9781920898984
      Series: y separately published work icon Australian Classics Library Bruce Bennett (editor), Robert Dixon (editor), Sydney University Press (publisher), Sydney : Sydney University Press , 2009- Z1613164 2009 series - publisher novel poetry short story

      The Australian Classics Library series is intended 'to make classic texts of Australian literature more widely available for the secondary school and undergraduate university classroom, and to the general reader. The series is co-edited by Emeritus Professor Bruce Bennett of the University of New South Wales and Professor Robert Dixon, Professor of Australian Literature at the University of Sydney, in conjunction with SETIS, Sydney University Press, AustLit and the Copyright Agency Limited. Each text is accompanied by a fresh scholarly introduction and a basic editorial apparatus drawn from the resources of AustLit.'

      Source: Sydney University Press website, http://www.sup.usyd.edu.au/
      Sighted: 11/08/2009

    • Sydney South, South Sydney area, Sydney Southern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 2018 .
      image of person or book cover 3574972078178874518.jpg
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 164p.p.
      Edition info: Facsimile of the 1916 ed.
      Note/s:
      • Published 4 April 2018.

      ISBN: 9781460756010, 1460756010

Works about this Work

Writing the Anzac Legend : The Moods of Ginger Mick Philip Butterss , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 75 no. 3 2016; (p. 49-62)
'When C. J. Dennis's The Moods of Ginger Mick was launched in October 1916, one reader expressed anger about the ending. Writing facetiously on behalf of Melbourne's larrikins, this contributor to the Bulletin called it a 'rotten pome' and said - in a blunt piece of literary criticism - that he would like to punch the poet in the jaw. Actually, Dennis had thought very hard about how to finish his book, and there is no question that he found the most fitting ending, both for his own time and for later generations.' (Introduction, 49)
Dreaming Verse : C.J. Dennis and the Anzac Tradition J.H. Crone , 2014 single work essay
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 74 no. 3 2014; (p. 158-180)
'An Entertaining Young Genius' : C.J. Dennis and Adelaide Philip Butterss , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Adelaide : A Literary City 2014; (p. 77-93)
The Australian Larrikin: C. J. Dennis's [Un]sentimental Bloke Karenlee Thompson , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 21 no. 2 2007; (p. 177-183)
The author examines the nature of the Australian Larrikin, with its apparent inherent violence, against the background of the race riots which occurred in Cronulla, NSW in December 2005.
Poetry in Motion Michael Dwyer , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 23 May 2006; (p. 14)
Untitled 1916 single work review
— Appears in: The Queenslander , 4 November 1916; (p. 3)

— Review of The Moods of Ginger Mick C. J. Dennis , 1916 selected work poetry
Untitled 1916 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 19 October vol. 37 no. 1914 1916; (p. 2)

— Review of The Moods of Ginger Mick C. J. Dennis , 1916 selected work poetry
Ginger Mick 1916 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Town and Country Journal , 25 October 1916; (p. 50)

— Review of The Moods of Ginger Mick C. J. Dennis , 1916 selected work poetry
Poetry in Motion Michael Dwyer , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 23 May 2006; (p. 14)
The Australian Larrikin: C. J. Dennis's [Un]sentimental Bloke Karenlee Thompson , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 21 no. 2 2007; (p. 177-183)
The author examines the nature of the Australian Larrikin, with its apparent inherent violence, against the background of the race riots which occurred in Cronulla, NSW in December 2005.
We Will Remember Them Ian F. McLaren , 1982 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Talking About C.J. Dennis 1982; (p. 71-76)
Selected Works of C. J. Dennis : Introduction Barry Watts , 1988 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Selected Works of C. J. Dennis 1988; (p. 1-17)
Watts gives a substantial account of Dennis's life and work. Watts describes the success and failures of Dennis's verse, paying particular attention to the publishing strategies of George Robertson. The ever-changing tastes of the book-buying public played a significant part in the success and failures of Dennis's books and the poet's poor financial management ensured that he could afford to concentrate solely on his verse for only a short period of his life.
The Anzac Tradition Ken Inglis , 1965 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , March vol. 24 no. 1 1965; (p. 25-44) On Native Grounds : Australian Writing from Meanjin Quarterly 1967; (p. 205-221)
Last amended 4 Apr 2018 09:08:04
X