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The Life and Works of C. J. Dennis

Event Information

  • 15 Oct 2014 6:00pm
  • Ann & Basil Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building, State Library of South Australia, crn North Terrace & Kintore Ave
  • Adelaide
  • South Australia
Other Information
  • Cost: Free but bookings essential

An Unsentimental Bloke

C.J. Dennis was the great Australian literary celebrity of the First World War. As terrible news came back to Australia about casualties at Gallipoli and in France and Belgium, Dennis’s humorous books about larrikins sold in vast quantities. This talk, illustrated with readings, looks at Dennis’s life and work between 1914 and 1918, and at his broader impact on Australian culture.