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Issue Details: First known date: 1990... 1990 Zora Cross's Entry into Australian Literature
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'Zora Cross's fame was extraordinary in 1918. Her name was fashionably given to children born in subsequent years. and was even bestowed upon a racehorse. The publisher George Robertson had initially rejected her Songs of Love and life sight unseen but. on reading the poems in an edition prepared by his former employee James Tyrell. was so struck with the contents that he published a more handsome version. He offered Cross a contract equalled in generosity only by that signed with CJ. Dennis for The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke. Prior to this, Cross had worked as a schoolteacher, actress, and journalist. She remained a journalist from 1915 until her death in 1964. Her literary career readied its peak in the 1930s. In 1918, the success of Songs of Love and Life was consolidated with another collection of poems, The Lilt of Life, and The City of Riddle-me-ree, a narrative poem for children, and her splendid Elegy on an Australian Schoolboy appeared in 1920.' (Introduction)


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  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Hecate Hecate : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women's Liberation vol. 16 no. 1-2 1990 Z661542 1990 periodical issue 1990 pg. 65-89
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Poetic Eye : Occasional Writings 1982-2012 Michael Sharkey , Netherlands : Brill , 2016 10632316 2016 selected work criticism

    'This volume contains a selection of the Australian poet Michael Sharkey’s uncollected essays and occasional writings on poetics and poets, chiefly Australian and New Zealand. Reviews and conversations with other poets highlight Sharkey’s concern with preserving and interrogating cultural memory and his engagement with the practice and championing of poetry. Poets discussed range from Lord Byron to colonial-era and early twentieth-century poets (Francis Adams, David McKee Wright, and Zora Cross), underrepresented Australian women poets of World War I, traditionalists and experimentalists, including several ‘New Australian Poetry’ activists of the 1970s, and contemporary Australian and New Zealand poets. Writings on poetics address form and tradition, the teaching and reception of poetry, and canon-formation. The collection is culled from commissioned and occasional contributions to anthologies of practical poetics, journals devoted to literary and cultural history and book reviewing, as well as newspaper and small-magazine features from the 1980s to the present. The writing reflects Sharkey’s poetic practice and pedagogy relating to the teaching of literature, rhetorical analysis, cultural studies, and writing in universities'.

    Source: Publisher's blurb.

    Netherlands : Brill , 2016
    pg. 250-277
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