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The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke

The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke: Text Classics

C. J. Dennis

Introduction by Jack Thompson

The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke, a comic verse novel, was first published in book form in 1915 and sold more than sixty thousand copies in nine editions within a year. By the mid-1970s nearly three hundred thousand copies had been sold internationally.

One of the most famous works of Australian literature, it tells the story of Bill, a larrikin, who meets a young woman named Doreen. The book chronicles their courtship and marriage, and Bill’s transformation from a thuggish gang member to a contented husband and father.

This edition has a new introduction by the actor Jack Thompson, renowned for his readings of C. J. Dennis’s work.

The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke is a perennial Australian favourite. Its 1919 screen adaptation (below) is considered Australia’s greatest silent film and one of our best movies of all time.

About the Author

Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis, better known as C. J. Dennis, was born in South Australia in 1876. A journalist, among other occupations, he was much loved for his humorous poems, especially The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke. He died in Melbourne in 1938. Alongside A. B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson and Henry Lawson, both of whom he collaborated...

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  • The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke
    ISBN: 9781922148032
    21 November 2012
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