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It is in fact a discussion novel; public issues gradually push aside the early interest in setting and the tepid love story. The best chapters are the earliest ones, dealing with Clara's voyage to the colony and her search for suitable work. Clara Morison was highly praised by Frederick Sinnett (1830-66) in his two-part article 'The Fiction Fields of Australia', which appeared in theJournal of Australasia (Melbourne) in 1856. Sinnett considered it 'Decidedly the best Australian novel that we have met with', 'free from the defect of being a book of travels in disguise'.
Stephens to the staff. He had come to notice through his contributions to the literary section of the Queensland Boomerang from 1891 onwards. Archibald was attracted by his praise of French and American literature, and allowed him to develop the inside-front-cover literary column of the Bulletin into the 'Red Page' in 1896. The title, devised from the pink cover which the magazine had adopted, lasted through the editorship of Stephens (18961906) until the editorship of Douglas Stewart (1939-61), being unceremoniously jettisoned shortly after the financially ailing magazine was taken over and redesigned into a journal of political and social comment by Sir Frank Packer's Consolidated Press.
His rhymes are the rhymes ofajingler, Like the wavelet's monotonous wash; His words are the words of a dreamer, In love with the beauty of Bosh! Kendall retaliated with 'The Bronze Trumpet', published anonymously in the following year. In it he eschewed the parodied style in favour of late-eighteenth-century couplets, distributing much vigorous blame and a little praise among his poetic contemporaries, defending 'Safi', acknowledging his immaturity, but characterizing his verse as akin to what a traveller sees in windy nights Swift water-moons blown into golden lights, The swift delights of thoughts that are no more!
A History of Australian Literature by Ken Goodwin (auth.)