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Letter from Tom Collins

Letter from Tom Collins

Joe Furphy
Shepparton February 18th, 1904 Dear Mr. Stephens, Sincere thanks for all the contents of your letter. ATHENAEUM man is a heart of oak—no reed shaken by a cat's paw. And when a critic of such displacement gives me a bit ...
The Case for Critics (Letter to Tom Collins)

The Case for Critics (Letter to Tom Collins)

Kylie Tennant
It was indigestble. Enormous sentences unrolled themselves like strips of fly-paper on which the mind dangled bumbling and bewildered. Those sentences were written by a word-intoxicated man, wallowing, positively wallowing, in print. All that magnificent material, all that humour and ...
Battle

Battle

Vance Palmer
THE next few months may decide not only whether we are to survive as a nation, but whether we deserve to survive. As yet none of our achievements prove it, at any rate in the sight of the outer world ...
Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson

Miles Franklin
We meet here to offer a tribute of gratitude and affection to the life and work of one of our most dearly loved Australians. Academic practitioners of letters concern themselves with the appraisal of Henry Lawson. It has been their ...
Australian Literary History

Australian Literary History

WA Amiet
Literary history—a blend of biography, bibliography, philosophy, sociology, criticism, flour, soda and cream o'tartar—follows in the wake of literature as inevitably as martial history in the wake of war. Moreover it far-reachingly affects the development of letters, imbuing the impressionable ...
First Issue Editorial

First Issue Editorial

Clem Christesen
‘Poetry’s unnat’ral; no man ever talked poetry ’cept a beadle on boxin’ day, or Warren’s blackin’ or Rowland’s oil, or some o’ them low fellows; never you let yourself down to talk poetry, my boy.’ But we have disregarded Tony ...