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Issue Details: First known date: 1930... vol. 2 no. 5 19 May 1930 of All About Books est. 1928 All About Books
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  • Includes a retrospective piece on J.M. Barrie to mark his 70th birthday.
  • Also includes 'Mrs. F. Carr Rollett Reviews Recent New Zealand Books' and 'John Drinkwater on Collecting'.
  • In this issue S.M. MacFarlane recommends, amongst others, Warwaick Depping's Exiles, Insecurity by Monica Ewer, Wild Justice by George A. Birmingham, and Guy Fletcher's The Bran Tub.
  • Includes the transcript of 'Shakespeare and His Idea of Beauty', an address to the Shakespeare Society of New South Wales by Mr. Justice Piddington.
  • In addition to the separately indexed correspondence of C.T. Clark 'Views, News and Reviews' includes a photograph of Emil Ludwig and reports on James Joyce's blindnes, the Femina Vie Heureuse Prize, English reviews of Norman Lindsay's Redheap, the sale of the Bronte's home and a memorial for Rupert Brooke.
  • The report from the Society of Australian Authors includes details of Myra Morris' farewell at the Langham Cafe, 28 April.
  • Includes the announcements of the formation of a Verse Speaking Association in Melbourne and Ultima Thule as the best Australian novel of 1929.


* Contents derived from the 1930 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Australian Short stories, E. C. Davidson , single work column
Davidson reports on a heated debate on the Australian short story at the meeting of The Australian Literature Society, 28 April, 1930.
(p. 112)
Talkies and 'Murdered' English, E. C. Davidson , single work column
Davidson reports on Thorpe and Serle's unanimously carried motion in protest of 'the murdered English being introduced into Australia by the medium of the American talkies'. it was agreed copies of the motion should be sent to the Prime Minister and the leaders of the Nationalist and Country Parties.
(p. 112)
League of N.Z. Penwomen, Auckland [Meeting Report], single work column
Brief report on Harrhy's presentation to the League, 4 April, 1930.
(p. 112)
An Interesting Survey of Modernist Poetry, Furnley Maurice , single work criticism
Maurice promotes the cause of the American Modernist poets as a contrast to 'the washy sentimentality and maudlin fumbling of our regular poets in England and Australia'. Includes discussion of William Carlos Williams, e.e. cummings and Wallace Stevens.
(p. 113-115)
A Reader's Notebook, Nettie Palmer , single work review
— Review of Knocking Round J. Le Gay Brereton , 1930 selected work criticism biography autobiography prose essay short story ; Redheap Norman Lindsay , 1930 single work novel ;
(p. 118-119)
An Outline of Australian Literature, Cecil W. Salier , single work review
— Review of An Outline of Australian Literature H. M. Green , 1930 single work criticism ;
(p. 121)
Note: Attributed erroneously to C. W. Saher - a transcription error.
The Term of His Natural Life, C. T. Clarke , single work correspondence
C.T. Clarke was in the employ of George Robertson in the 1870s when, as a very young man, he and R.P. Raymond 'constituted the publishing department' that produced Marcus Clarke's work. In this letter to the Editor, C.T. Clarke responds to Palmer's piece on the re-issue of For the Term of His Natural Life. Clarke recounts his recollections, in some detail, of the publisher's interactions with Marcus Clarke, including the circumstances of the Bentley first edition.
(p. 123)
A Budget of Good Reading, Phil Grim , single work review
— Review of The Open Road in Victoria : Being the Ways of Many Walkers R. H. Croll , 1928 selected work prose ;
(p. 128)
Ex-Senator Keating Puts Us Right on the Australian Copyright Position, John Henry Keating , single work correspondence (p. 130)
Among Some New Books, Alan Fraser , single work review
— Review of Bushman Burke Jean Devanny , 1930 single work novel ;
(p. 132)
A Study in Comparison, single work criticism
This short summary introduces the 'best seller lists' previously published under the heading 'What England and America are Reading'. The author regards it as unlikely that a work of popular fiction would make it to the top of the best seller list in England as they do in America.
(p. 136)
A Lecture None Should Miss, single work column (p. 144)
Australia's Literary Mate, J. C. Davies , Andrew G. Millett , single work criticism
Davies reports on Millett's address to the Society. Millet focuses on Lawson's relationship with Australia and his 'undoubted genius'.
(p. 145)
The Free-Lance Club, Sydney [Meeting Report], Jean Wedderspoon , single work column
Wedderspoon reports on this newly formed club for young writers. Mention is made of their monthly magazine The Free Lancer and of plays written by members Duncan-Brown and Oakes being staged at the Community Playhouse .
(p. 145)

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