Australian Plays for the Colonial Stage 18341899. Ed. Richard Fotheringham (The Academy Editions of Australian Literature). / The Collected Verse of Mary Gilmore. Volume I. 1887-1929. Ed. Jennifer Strauss (The Academy Editions of Australian Literature).
The two books under review are, respectively, the seventh and eighth volumes to appear in the estimable Academy Editions of Australian Literature series. Initiated in 1992 under the general editorship of Professor Paul Eggert, the series is the first to provide modern scholarly editions of the key works of Australian literature, including reliable reading texts and contextual annotation based on rigorous scholarship and thorough textual collation. Previous volumes of especial interest to European readers include Marcus Clarkes His Natural Life (1874); Catherine Martins An Australian Girl (1890), which draws extensively on the context of nineteenth-century European thought; and Henry Handel Richardsons Maurice Guest (1908), which is set in the musical world of fin-de-siècle Leipzig.