The Archibald Paradox

Sylvia Lawson
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The Archibald Paradox

Subjects

History

Published

1 March 2006

ISBN

9780522876802

Subjects

History

Imprint

Miegunyah Press

The Archibald Paradox

Sylvia Lawson
The early Sydney Bulletin, 'a parade of expressive tricks and marvels', came out of the vociferous clamour that was the late nineteenth-century press—British radical weeklies, battling American dailies, lively news sheets from bush towns and goldfields.

Turning up every week in its violent pink cover—'half Australia writes it', they said, 'all Australia reads it'—the Bulletin was the Great Print Circus: 'a better book' said one of its veterans 'than any of the books that came out of it'.

In this remarkable study of the Bulletin and its founding editor , J. F. Archibald, Sylvia Lawson provides a provocative re-interpretation of the legendary 1880s and 1890s, looking at the dark side of the circus as well as its high entertainment.
The early Sydney Bulletin, 'a parade of expressive tricks and marvels', came out of the vociferous clamour that was the late nineteenth-century press—British radical weeklies, battling American dailies, lively news sheets from bush towns and goldfields.

Turning up every week in its violent pink cover—'half Australia writes it', they said, 'all Australia reads it'—the Bulletin was the Great Print Circus: 'a better book' said one of its veterans 'than any of the books that came out of it'.

In this remarkable study of the Bulletin and its founding editor , J. F. Archibald, Sylvia Lawson provides a provocative re-interpretation of the legendary 1880s and 1890s, looking at the dark side of the circus as well as its high entertainment.

Sylvia Lawson

Sylvia Lawson

Sylvia Lawson (1932-2017) was a journalist, academic and author, known for her support for cinema in Australia through her work with the Sydney Film Festival from its inception in 1954 She was one of Australia’s most acute and eloquent cultural and political essayists. Her work includes the prizewinning collection How Simone de Beauvoir Died in Australia, The Archibald Paradox: A Strange Case of Authorship and the novel The Outside Story, which is centred…

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