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Australian Books and Authors in the American Marketplace 1840s-1940s


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AcknowledgementsIntroduction: the two-sided triangle1. Antipodean romance: Australian fiction and the American book trade in the 19th century
2. International reputations and transatlantic rights: Rosa Praed and Louis Becke
3. Crime, sensation and the modern genre system: Australian authors in the popular fiction marketplace, 1820s-1920s
4. Renegotiating the American connection: Australian fiction 1900-1930s
5. Mystery and romance: the market for light fiction between the wars
6. Becoming articulate: Henry Handel Richardson and Katharine Susannah Prichard
7. 'Australia is very American': Australian historical fiction in America 1920s-1940s
8. 'Australian moderns': Christina Stead and Patrick White in New York
9. Bestsellers, modest sellers and commercial failures: the postwar yearsEpilogue: completing the triangle Works cited

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This study examines how Australian authors, editors and publishers engaged with the United States book market before the mid-20th century.

About the Author

David Carter is a professor of Australian literature and cultural history at the University of Queensland.Roger Osborne is a lecturer in English and writing at James Cook University.


'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 *

'This book serves as both an enjoyable read as well as a scholarly perusal, drawing on extensive research into primary resources and a wide range of critical and historical documents ... [The book shows] us how Australian literature-contrary to the "evolutionary
mode" of approaching independent, mature and modern status-migrated transnationally, and then achieved international presence before it was recognised as "national literature".'

-- Zhao Siqi * Journal of Australian Studies *

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