The Stenhouse Circle

Literary Life in mid-Nineteenth Century Sydney

Ann-Mari Jordens
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Published

1 January 1979

ISBN

9780522841763

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

The Stenhouse Circle

Literary Life in mid-Nineteenth Century Sydney

Ann-Mari Jordens
Nicol Drysdale Stenhouse was Australia's first and probably only important nineteenth-century literary patron.
He dominated the literary and intellectual milieu of Sydney during the 1850s and 1860s and his personality, ideas, scholarship, and practical assistance affected the lives of most writers in these formative years of colonial literary development.
He gave financial and emotional support to writers during their not infrequent personal crises, and provided intellectual nourishment, constructive literary criticism, and a sense of belonging to the European literary tradition during periods of professional self-doubt.
He influenced an even wider section of colonial society through his involvement with the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, the Free Public Library of Sydney, Sydney College and the University of Sydney.
He dominated the literary and intellectual milieu of Sydney during the 1850s and 1860s and his personality, ideas, scholarship, and practical assistance affected the lives of most writers in these formative years of colonial literary development.
He gave financial and emotional support to writers during their not infrequent personal crises, and provided intellectual nourishment, constructive literary criticism, and a sense of belonging to the European literary tradition during periods of professional self-doubt.
He influenced an even wider section of colonial society through his involvement with the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, the Free Public Library of Sydney, Sydney College and the University of Sydney.

About the author

Canberra-based consultant historian Ann-Mari Jordens holds post-graduate degrees from the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne, and has published widely on citizenship, immigration, war and society, and Australian cultural history. Her books include Alien to Citizen: Settling Migrants in Australia 1945-75, Redefining Australians: Immigration, Citizenship and National Identity, and The Stenhouse Circle: Literary Life in Mid-Nineteenth Century Sydney.

About Ann-Mari Jordens

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