This essay examines the publication of a series of substantial Australian novels in American editions from the late-1920s to the mid-1940s. Mostly historical novels or family sagas, the presence of these novels produced a largely unprecedented interest in Australian fiction and in the country itself among American reviewers. It traces the international and the specifically American investments in historical fiction and the saga form in the interwar years to show how Australian novels could be taken up in American literary circles and in the mainstream, middle-class or middlebrow book culture. Finally it analyses the relatively sudden disappearance of this interest in Australian fiction in the American marketplace following the end of the Second World War.
"What America Also Read: Australian Historical Fiction in the American Marketplace, 1927-1948,"
Antipodes: Vol. 29
, Article 15.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/antipodes/vol29/iss2/15