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A Treasury of Australian Humour by Bill Wannan

A Treasury of Australian Humour by Bill Wannan

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A Treasury of Australian Humour

by Bill Wannan

Lansdowne Press, 1960, [First Edition], hardcover, dustjacket

Very Good Condition, a little edge and shelf wear, a little rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, previous owners gift inscription, partially blacked out on front endpaper, age toned pages, dustjacket shows some edge and shelf wear with some rubbing, bumping, chipping, small tears and soiling (see photographs)

“One of the outstanding characteristics of the Australian is his ability to laugh at himself, and it is strongly manifested in his writing.  Indeed Australian literature is particularly rich in humour.  From the early convict fays, when the couplet,
True patriots all; for be it understood, We left our country for out country’s good.
demonstrated all too well the ability to make fun of the tragedy of transportation, to the wit of the 1950s, when Nino Culotta the new Italian migrant learnt to say, “Ow yer goin’ mate, orright?”, Australian humour has sparkled and drawled and “leg-pulled” its course through Australian life.”

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