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Digger Smith : Pocket Editions for the Trenches - C. J. Dennis

Digger Smith

Pocket Editions for the Trenches

Hardcover Published: 4th April 2018
ISBN: 9781460756034
Number Of Pages: 120

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The perfect collector's item - a beautiful facsimile edition of C. J. Dennis's classic tribute to the returned digger, published by Angus & Robertson during World War One as a gift from home to the soldier in the trenches.

One of C. J. Dennis's most poignant books of verse, Digger Smith recalls a singing soldier from The Moods of Ginger Mick, who returns from Gallipoli to become the country neighbour of Doreen and the Bloke (The Sentimental Bloke). In true Dennis style it is told with wisdom, humour and pathos.

This edition, published to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One, has been minted from one of eight extremely rare books of verse originally published by Angus & Robertson as little reminders of home for soldiers to slip into a pocket and carry through the fighting. It features original layout, illustrations by Hal Gye, advertising and blurbs, as well as the special 'Trench' dust jacket that wraps around the regular jacket, missing on nearly all of the rare extant original editions.

ISBN: 9781460756034
ISBN-10: 1460756037
Series: Pocket Editions for the Trenches
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 120
Published: 4th April 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 14.7 x 12.7  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.18

C. J. Dennis

About the Author

Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis – better known as C J Dennis – was an Australian poet of the early 20th century once described as the ‘Robert Burns of Australia’.

A major contributor to Australian literature in the early twentieth century, CJ Dennis was a prolific writer from a young age. He spent most of his working life as a journalist-in-verse. His ballads, written in the ‘language of the larrikin’, resonated with the public and were hugely popular, selling many tens of thousands of copies.

His most famous work, The Sentimental Bloke, has been made into a film and a musical comedy.

In his later years he gained great pleasure from writing for children. A Bush Christmas was originally published in 1931.

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