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The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke : Pocket Editions for the Trenches - C. J. Dennis

The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke

Pocket Editions for the Trenches

Hardcover Published: 29th March 2018
ISBN: 9781460756027
Number Of Pages: 148

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

In the rough Australian vernacular that became his signature style, C. J. Dennis tells the story of the courtship and marriage of larrikin Bill and the lively Doreen. The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke was Dennis's most successful and popular book of verse. In its various editions it has sold nearly 300,000 copies and has been made into a silent film, a sound film, a stage play and a musical. The 1916 Pocket Edition had an initial print run of 10,000 copies.

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 a dust jacket missing on nearly all of the rare extant original editions.




Exceptionally good but the original first edition is much better and can be had for only a few dollars more.




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ISBN: 9781460756027
ISBN-10: 1460756029
Series: Pocket Editions for the Trenches
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 148
Published: 29th March 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 14.7 x 12.6  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.22

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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