G. A. Wilkes (essay date 1958)
SOURCE: Wilkes, G. A. “The Eighteen Nineties.” In Australian Literary Criticism, edited by Grahame Johnston, pp. 30-40. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1962.
[In the following essay, originally published in 1958, Wilkes discusses the unique characteristics that defined Australian literature of the 1890s while commenting on major writers and works of the period.]
The first duty of anyone discussing Australian literature in the nineties is, I imagine, to demonstrate the existence of his subject. In Australia's literary development, is there a period ‘the nineties’ with distinctive characteristics that can be intelligently discussed, and if so, may the writing...
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