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Mark Twain” on Marcus Clarke

Marcus Clarke

Mark Twain Lecture, Melbourne, Oct., 1895

I NOT only regret, but feel surprised that the ‘Selected Works’ of Australia’s only literary genius—a genius such as you will not see again for many a long year—should be out of print. Through the courtesy of his widow I obtained a copy of the work after failing to buy one anywhere. And such a work, such reading, such power. It was just the sort of reading to banish from one’s thoughts such pain as I have been suffering. The subjects so interesting, and their treatment so brilliant and fascinating. No works of such a man should be left unpublished. It is the duty of Australians to assist the widow of so great a writer in publishing his works. I may tell you that we think a deal more of Marcus Clarke in our country than I am sorry to think you do here.” (Applause).

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