The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke is a verse novel by Australian novelist and poet C. J. Dennis. Portions of the work appeared in The Bulletin between 1909 and 1915, the year that Dennis completed the verse novel and had it published by Angus & Robertson. Written in the rough and comical Australian slang that was his signature style, the work became immensely popular in Australia, selling over 60,000 copies in nine editions within the first year of publication. Though its popularity peaked during World War I and the interwar period, it remains a classic of Australian literature and the best-selling book of poetry ever produced in the country.The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke tells the story of Bill, a member of a larrikin push (or gang) in Melbourne's Little Lon red-light district, who encounters Doreen, a young woman "of some social aspiration", in a local market. Narrated by Bill, the poems chronicle their courtship and marriage, detailing his transformation from a violence-prone gang member to a contented husband and father.It has been adapted into many works across a variety of media, including Raymond Longford and Lottie Lyell's The Sentimental Bloke (1918), widely regarded as Australia's greatest silent film. The novel was also a favourite in New Zealand, earning Dennis the title of "the Anzac laureate".
Doreen was the 4th instalment in the series. Text with 2 colour and a number of B/W illustrations.
Good clear pages, wear to edges and cover. Several annotations aimed at ease of reading.