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Not So Marvellous Melbourne

Wild Bleak Bohemia by Michael Wilding Australian Scholarly, 2014, 580 pages, $39.95   In the second half of the nineteenth century Melbourne was the place to be, heady from the gold-rush years, bustling with energy and settling into its long boom. Everyone had a new career. Marcus Clarke wrote burlesque plays, but, obscured by the surface joviality, a literary disaster was being enacted, which lacked its contemporary tragedian. Now 150 years later Michael Wilding has resurrected that tragedy, with the script written in the words of the authors of the time.  The material in this wonderful book forms itself around…

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