The Curse of Strathburn. An Australian Tale. Ellersley' 'BERESFORD.
The Curse of Strathburn. An Australian Tale

The Curse of Strathburn. An Australian Tale

Adelaide, Printed at the 'Christian World' Office, 1902.

Octavo, 230, [2] (first two and last one blank) pages plus advertisements from the publisher on the inside surfaces of the covers.

Ochre-coloured wrappers with the title printed within a decorative border on the front cover; minor loss at the ends of the spine, and a light crease across the foot of the front cover; a very good copy (internally a fine copy).

An 'earnest temperance tale with a South Australian setting' (Paul Depasquale: 'A Critical History of South Australian Literature, 1836-1930', 1978), ending on the following note: 'Dear Reader, this story of the awful curse of Australian wine in Australian homes is no exaggeration. I write of that which I know, and testify of that which I have seen'. A contemporary review in the Adelaide 'Register' (25 August 1902) is a spoiler in many ways, but spills not a drop about the novel's temperance roots, merely noting critically that 'the narrative might as well have been written for any part of the world where vineyards are found'.

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