The editor of Meanjin Quarterly, Mr C. B. Christesen had (as he says in the Preface) a difficult task in compiling an anthology from the journal covering twenty years, 1940-65, and comprising one hundred and three issues. Faced with inevitably difficult and conflicting choices, Mr Christesen finally assembled 'a representative group of critical essays dealing exclusively with Australian litera ture . . . a sampling of stories and verse, and miscellaneous articles on literary and bibliographical topics mainly intended to preserve the flavour of early issues. . . .'