The Writing of Capricornia


Herbert discusses the writing of Capricornia (1938), addressing what he identifies as erroneously reported details about its background and composition. The text of this article is that of the author's typescript of a speech delivered at the Adelaide Arts Festival in 1962, but not printed. Only some minor typographical details have been altered.

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Published 1 May 1970 in Volume 4 No. 3. Subjects: Xavier Herbert.

Cite as: Herbert, Xavier. ‘The Writing of Capricornia.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 4, no. 3, 1970, doi: 10.20314/als.6763d53670.