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Issue Details: First known date: 1964... 1964 Land of Wonder : The Best of Australian Nature Writing
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'Land of Wonder is a thematically-organized anthology of writing about the Australian land, landscape, plants and creatures. Its author, Alec H. Chisholm (1890-1977), was himself a natural history writer. His selection of authors and pieces ranges across non-fiction and fiction, books, essays and newspaper articles. A strong sense of the value of good writing in fostering attention to the world around us pervades the book' (Ruth Blair, World Literature Today, 83.1 (2009): 54).

Contents

* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,:Angus and Robertson , 1964 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Fragrance of Dunk Island, E. J. Banfield , extract essay (p. 12-14)
The Umbrella-Tree, E. J. Banfield , single work essay (p. 59-60)
Spirits of the Night, Henry G. Lamond , extract (p. 114-115)
Australia's Humming-Bird, E. J. Banfield , single work essay (p. 157-158)
Eyes Aflame, E. J. Banfield , single work essay
On the metallic starling, 'the most interesting and entertaining of the birds' on Dunk Island.
(p. 159-164)
The Waterhen Mystery, Henry G. Lamond , single work prose (p. 201-202)
A Pageant of Butterflies A Butterfly Reverie, E. J. Banfield , single work essay (p. 237-239)
Note: With title: A Pageant of Butterflies
The Mermaid of Today The Mermaid of To-day, E. J. Banfield , single work essay (p. 275-276)
Note: With title: The Mermaid of Today

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Encounters with Amnesia: Confronting the Ghosts of Australian Landscape Inga Simpson , 2019 single work essay
— Appears in: Griffith Review , January no. 63 2019; (p. 272-281)

'Nature writing has never been more popular. In recent years it has become an international publishing phenomenon, with titles such as Helen Macdonald's 'H is for Hawk' (Jonathan Cape, 2014), Robert Macfarlane's 'Landmarks' (Hamish Hamilton, 2015), Amy Liptrot's 'The Outrun' (Canongate, 2016) and Sy Montgomery's 'How to be a Good Creature' (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018) scoring significant worldwide success. Australia, too, has its own rich history of nature writing. For more than a century, nature writing was 'the' primary literature for writing the country; a vital part of the ongoing process, for settler-Australians, of coming to feel at home in what were initially unfamiliar environments, and of creating a sense of national identity around them. Yet, today, nature writing is not widely known or understood here, and it's apparent that more Australians have read 'H is for Hawk' (18,000 copies sold so far according to Bookscan) than any of our own contemporary works.' (Publication abstract)

 

A Booklist of International Environmental Literature : Australia Ruth Blair , 2009 single work bibliography
— Appears in: World Literature Today , January/February vol. 83 no. 1 2009; (p. 54-55)
Ruth Blair's compilation of five classics of Australian envornmental literature for an international booklist coordinate by Scott Slovic.
Prose Introduction Barbara York Main , 1979 single work criticism
— Appears in: Summerland : A Western Australian Sesquicentenary Anthology of Poetry and Prose 1979; (p. xix-xxi)
Untitled John Orrell , 1965 single work review
— Appears in: The Cairns Post , 9 January 1965; (p. 6)

— Review of Land of Wonder : The Best of Australian Nature Writing Alec H. Chisholm , 1964 single work
Untitled John Orrell , 1965 single work review
— Appears in: The Cairns Post , 9 January 1965; (p. 6)

— Review of Land of Wonder : The Best of Australian Nature Writing Alec H. Chisholm , 1964 single work
A Booklist of International Environmental Literature : Australia Ruth Blair , 2009 single work bibliography
— Appears in: World Literature Today , January/February vol. 83 no. 1 2009; (p. 54-55)
Ruth Blair's compilation of five classics of Australian envornmental literature for an international booklist coordinate by Scott Slovic.
Prose Introduction Barbara York Main , 1979 single work criticism
— Appears in: Summerland : A Western Australian Sesquicentenary Anthology of Poetry and Prose 1979; (p. xix-xxi)
Encounters with Amnesia: Confronting the Ghosts of Australian Landscape Inga Simpson , 2019 single work essay
— Appears in: Griffith Review , January no. 63 2019; (p. 272-281)

'Nature writing has never been more popular. In recent years it has become an international publishing phenomenon, with titles such as Helen Macdonald's 'H is for Hawk' (Jonathan Cape, 2014), Robert Macfarlane's 'Landmarks' (Hamish Hamilton, 2015), Amy Liptrot's 'The Outrun' (Canongate, 2016) and Sy Montgomery's 'How to be a Good Creature' (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018) scoring significant worldwide success. Australia, too, has its own rich history of nature writing. For more than a century, nature writing was 'the' primary literature for writing the country; a vital part of the ongoing process, for settler-Australians, of coming to feel at home in what were initially unfamiliar environments, and of creating a sense of national identity around them. Yet, today, nature writing is not widely known or understood here, and it's apparent that more Australians have read 'H is for Hawk' (18,000 copies sold so far according to Bookscan) than any of our own contemporary works.' (Publication abstract)

 

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