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The parson and the play
Title : The parson and the play The parson and the play
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Creator : Dennis, C.J. (Clarence James), 1876-1938
Source : Gadfly, 27 March 1907, p. 1109
Date of creation : 1907
Format : Magazine
Dimensions : 270 x 210 mm
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The South Australian poet, CJ Dennis, together with Archie Martin, launched the illustrated literary magazine Gadfly in 1906 as a showcase for their writings, and as a commentary on the arts and Australian social life of the time. Dennis had been writing verse since the age of 19, when his first piece was published in the Laura standard. 'The Parson and the play' is a send up of the 'wowserism' associated with those who saw the theatre as sinful, using a stereotyped minister. CJ Dennis himself posed for the series of photographs of the parson, who is alternately shocked and excited by the behaviour of the girls on the stage.

Related names :

Dennis, C.J., (Clarence James), 1876-1938

Martin, A.E. (Archibald Edward)

Coverage year : 1907
Place : Adelaide (S. Aust.)
Further reading :
Chisholm, Alec H. The life and times of C.J. Dennis, London; Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1982
McGregor, Craig. Australian people, Sydney: Hodder and Stoughton, 1980
McLaren, Ian F., 'Dennis, Clarence Michael James (1876-1938)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, volume 8, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1981, pp. 286-287
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