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Dedication: For my mother and father, Phyllis and Kenneth Wallace-Crabbe
* Contents derived from the Cremorne,Cremorne - Mosman - Northbridge area,Sydney Northeastern Suburbs,Sydney,New South Wales,:Angus and Robertson,1974 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Wallace-Crabbe discusses the ways in which the stories of Joe Wilson and His Mates connect to produce a larger unified work. Lawson's self-analysis in this work provides many of the intertextual connections based primarily on biographical knowledge. The common element in these stories is Joe Wilson's attempts to "pull the threads of his past life into some shape".
"Sees the flawed and personal worl intruding into the classical clarity for which McAuley strives, and concludes that these intrusions are 'the sources of [his] lyric energy'". (Robert Ross, Australian Literary Criticism, 1945-1988, p. 253.)