Review of Rosa! Rosa!: A Life of Rosa Praed, Novelist and Spiritualist, by Patricia Clarke
Rosa Praed is a significant figure in nineteenth-century Australian literature. With voluminous output and a substantial place in English literary society at a time when England dominated Australian publishing and taste, she figured prominently in assessments of our literature of a century ago. Arthur Patchett Martin, Desmond Byrne, and Turner and Sutherland all featured her in their tum-of-the-century accounts, while G.A. Sala and Mark Twain paid tribute to her work. Although never a best-seller, she had a literary reputation and a social credibility in London for which Rolf Boldrewood would have given his eye-teeth.
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