A History of Australian Literature by Ken Goodwin (auth.)

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Too socialistic and therefore dangerous'. The second, A Week in the Future, was serialized in the Centennial Magazine in 1889. Both were influenced by Malthus, Darwin and Herbert Spencer. Handfasted daringly anticipated by over a decade advocacy of the notion of trial marriage, a subject still dangerous for Gissing and Hardy in the 1890s. Gathered In, considered by Catherine Spence to be her best novel, was serialized in the Adelaide Observer in 1881-2, but not published in volume form until 1977.

Other novelists Robbery under Arms by 'Rolf Boldrewood' (Thomas Alexander Browne, 1826-1915) was once as popular as His Natural Life, but now seems merely an old-fashioned English romance with an Australian setting and vernacular language. Boldrewood came with his parents to Australia when he was five, supporting his mother and six unmarried sisters after his father's breakdown in 1846 by running a cattle station and later a sheep station in Victoria. He was subsequently a police magistrate and goldfields commissioner in New South Wales.

His favoured models were French, German, Italian and American. Like Archibald, he considered English literature decadent. One of the critical writers to whom he gave space was the poet and academic Christopher Brennan, who contributed articles on French, German, Italian and classical poets - Mallarme, Verlaine and Rimbaud; Heine; Ariosto; Homer, Sappho and Horace, for example. 38 A HISTORY OF AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE It is, however, Australian poetry and fiction, particularly of the nationalistic kind, with which the Bulletin came to be identified.

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