An Early Australian Short Story by Harpur


Some of the chief characteristics of one type of short story commonly said to belong to the 'Lawson' or 'Bulletin' tradition may be found in an Australian story printed in the Sydney journal, The Weekly Register, on 30 August 1845. The short story 'The Importance of a Rhyme or A Story of the Old Dock-Yard', is probably the most light-hearted thing written by the poet Charles Harpur, and is certainly the only prose piece he wrote without some overt didactic intention.

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Published 1 May 1976 in Volume 7 No. 3. Subjects: Australian short stories, Charles Harpur.

Cite as: Perkins, Elizabeth. ‘An Early Australian Short Story by Harpur.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 7, no. 3, 1976, doi: 10.20314/als.83b5324997.