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Issue Details: First known date: 2007... 2007 Popular Australian Writing
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This chapter documents one century of Australian popular fiction - popular is that fiction designated "genre" fiction, the crime, adventure, romance, and western novels that achieved widespread appeal and sold millions of copies in Australia and overseas.


  • Epigraph: How I hate the very sound of business and when one advises me ... to write like Guy Boothby. - Miles Franklin to Henry Lawson
  • Epigraph: Mr. Guy Boothby has come to great honours now. His name is large upon hoardings, his books sell like hot cakes, and he keeps a level head through it all. I've met him several times in England, and he added to my already large respect for him. - Rudyard Kipling in Ward Lock's Dr. Nickola (1906)

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    y separately published work icon A Companion to Australian Literature Since 1900 Nicholas Birns (editor), Rebecca McNeer (editor), Rochester : Camden House , 2007 Z1433939 2007 anthology criticism 'Australian literature is one of the world's richest, dealing not only with "local" Australian themes and issues but with those at the forefront of global literary discussion. This book offers a fresh look at Australian literature, taking a broad view of what literature is and viewing it with Australian cultural and societal concerns in mind. Especially relevant is the heightened role of indigenous people and issues following the landmark 1992 Mabo decision on Aboriginal land rights. But attention to other multicultural connections and the competing pull of Australia's continued connection to Great Britain are also enlightening. Chapters are devoted to internationally prominent writers such as Patrick White, Peter Carey, David Malouf, and Christina Stead; fast-rising authors such as Gerald Murnane and Tim Winton; less-publicized writers such as Xavier Herbert and Dorothy Hewett; and on prose fiction, poetry, and drama, women's and gay and lesbian writing, children's literature, and science fiction. The Companion goes beyond Eurocentric ideas of national literary history to reveal the full, resplendent variety of Australian writing.' Source: (Sighted 08/10/2007). Rochester : Camden House , 2007 pg. 387-402
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