A. G. Stephens as Editor of Barcroft Boake’s Poems


Certainly in the case of his alterations to the bush poems of Barcroft Boake, Stephens's editing showed a good deal of ignorance of the spirit and atmosphere of Boake's verse. I have referred to this briefly in a recent study, but further elaboration is possible in this note. 'Occasionally I have strengthened a line or changed a word where the advantage seemed obvious or the necessity great...', Stephens wrote in the Preface to his collection of Boake's verses; yet some of his emendations are apparently so limited by conventions of diction as to call his poetic sensibility into doubt.

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Published 1 May 1968 in Volume 3 No. 3. Subjects: Editing, Editors, Publishing process, A.G. Stephens, Barcroft Boake.

Cite as: Semmler, Clement. ‘A. G. Stephens as Editor of Barcroft Boake’s Poems.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 3, no. 3, 1968, doi: 10.20314/als.bfd765c149.