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This is an auction for A HISTORY OF AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE by H M Green, in two volumes:

* 1789-1923

and

* 1923-1950

"A critical review of all forms of literature produced in Australia from the first books published after the arrival of the First Fleet until 1950."

From the Australian Dictionary of Biography:

"Henry Mackenzie Green (1881-1962), journalist, librarian and literary historian... His two-volume A History of Australian Literature Pure and Applied emerged in 1961. By 1954 the manuscript had been completed to 1950, but was so delayed in publication that Green added short accounts of later works up to 1960. In the dedication he acknowledged his wife's contribution in their remarkable literary partnership, conceding that her 'critical suggestions, not always received with due gratitude, have made all the difference'. In her 1984-85 revision, Dorothy described the History as 'a primary source'; by then it had become part of the literature it studied. A cornerstone of all later histories, it concentrated on creative writing and emphasized the links between Australian and European culture, but it also included critical surveys of the literature of science, psychology, economics, philosophy, journalism, history, biography, travel and reminiscence; if these aspects appeared quaint and old-fashioned in the critical climate of the 1960s, they have regained their appeal. A man of his time, particularly in his dual allegiance to Britain and Australia, Green became more radical in his social views in old age. His students and colleagues remembered him as 'impulsive and generous, irascible at times, but scrupulously fair'..."

These are hardbacks published in 1971.

1469 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95. If you are on rural delivery the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect these books from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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