By Philip Butterss

The Sentimental Bloke and Doreen are recognized characters in Australian pop culture, yet their author merits to be larger recognized. C.J. Dennis remodeled the larrikin from a highway thug right into a first rate snapshot of Australian identification, and assisted in shaping the Anzac legend. many folks appeared Dennis himself as a sentimental bloke, yet this e-book exhibits he used to be a way more complicated and infrequently darker character - not just interpreting his funny and cute facet, but in addition his struggles with alcohol and melancholy, his political activism, his marriage and his monetary dealings. "An Unsentimental Bloke" strains Dennis's early years in rural South Australia, his paintings on a bohemian newspaper in Adelaide and stream to Melbourne as a freelancer for the "Bulletin" (newspaper), his interval of political involvement, by means of huge, immense successes (he used to be extra well known than Banjo Paterson or Henry Lawson ever were), miraculous fall, and re-emergence as an elder statesman of Australian letters.

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