Revival of Interest in Furphy

joseph_furphy‘Annotating Joseph Furphy’s first publication for the Bulletin raises some intriguing questions: to what extent was Furphy the product of the Bulletin writing academy, the late nineteenth century equivalent of a writing course, or to what extent was his talent sui generis?’
(Jocoserious ‘Ignorance Shifting’ or ‘Aestho-Psycho-Eugenics’?: Interrogating Joseph Furphy’s Bulletin ‘apprenticeship’) Frances Devlin-Glass

A volume of essays to mark the centenary of Joseph Furphy’s death in 1912 has just been published online by the Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (JASAL) (Volume 13, no. 1).

Joseph Furphy is, along with Marcus Clarke, probably the pre-eminent novelist of nineteenth century Australia.

As Bernard O’Dowd noted in his preface to The Poems of Joseph Furphy, (Collected and edited by K B [Kate Baker] Joseph Furphy Melbourne and Sydney Lothian Book Publishing Co. Pty. Ltd. 1916)

Joseph Furphy (“Tom Collins”) was born at Yering about 1843 of Methodist parents. They came from that part of Ireland which, in spite of the curse thereon for the awful crimes of King Conchobar against Deirdre and the Children of Usna, produces still so many remarkable men and women—-

Joseph was a first generation migrant; his parents came from Tandragee in County Down.

Both father and mother had a literary turn, the former taking some part, I understand, in helping Baron von Mueller in one of his books on the Flora of Australia. (Bernard O’Dowd)

The essays cover many aspects of both Furphy’s personal life and relationships as well as his literary output.