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Australian Books and Authors in the American Marketplace 1840s-1940s Paperback – 2 July 2018

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  • Publisher : Sydney University Press (2 July 2018)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 378 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1743325797
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1743325797
  • Dimensions : 17.6 x 2.18 x 24.99 cm

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'This account of American publishing serves as a parallel literary history: of fiction that has become part of our literary canon, and of popular writing that has disappeared from memory. Carter and Osborne quote numerous published reviews and private comments by American publishers that reinforce a sense of the openness, sophistication and perceptiveness of these literary Americans. They place Australian writing in the context of the international development of the novel rather than the conventional local interest in Australianness.' -- Susan Lever -- Inside Story

'The book is chock-full of intriguing facts which could either be vital leads or red herrings depending on the reader's predilections, but which are all tantalising. Their appeal is buttressed by many color and black and white reproductions of book covers and, most intriguingly, advertisements in American papers which are often fascinating documents of cultural evidence.' -- Nicholas Birns -- Southerly

'This is book history par excellence, assured of its breadth and detail of the archive, but rich with the humanity of its makers. Australian Books and Authors is an elegantly told story of the ebbs and flows of a cultural trademark manufactured by the publishing apparatus of America's dominant book industry.' -- Keyvan Allahyari -- Australian Book Review

'David Carter and Roger Osborne have produced a highly readable, deeply interesting and provocative study of the fortunes of Australian literature. If as they argue, 'Australia's place in the world republic of letters needs a new trigonometry,' then their book has provided a powerful mapping of a vital segment of Australian literary history, and one that will provide a new set of coordinates for future researchers.' -- Robert Clarke -- Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature

About the Author

David Carter is Professor of Australian Literature and Cultural History in the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland. Roger Osborne is Lecturer in English and Writing at James Cook University, Cairns.

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