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Published 1 October 1985 in Volume 12 No. 2. Subjects: Australian fiction, Australian war literature, World War II.
Cite as: Hosking, Rick. ‘The Usable Past : Australian War Fiction of the 1950s.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 12, no. 2, 1985. https://doi.org/10.20314/als.e85368ae16.
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