Grove Day's is the third Gale bibliography in its "American Literature, English Literature, and World Literatures in English series Information Guide Series' to deal with Australian literature. The two preceding bibliographies are Herbert C. Jaffa (comp.) Modern Australian Poetry. 1920-1970 (reviewed by Martin Duwell in ALS, 10. May 1981), and Barry Andrews and W. H. Wilde (comp.) Australian Literature to 1900 (reviewed by Laurie Hcrgenhan in ALS, 10. May 1981). All three guides are valuable contributions.
Grove Day of the University of Hawaii 'has been studying Australian literature since 1940' and he made the first of seven visits to Australia in 1955 as a senior Fulbright research scholar at the University of Sydney. His Guide is dedicated 'To the people of Australia for hospitality enjoyed through the years by a roving scholar." This book, then, is a reminder of the ways in which American interest in Australian literature was quickened by the American presence here in World War II and by consequent visits, including those of Fulbright scholars.