Tales of the Austral Tropics
Australian Classics Library
Introduction by Cheryl Taylor
Tales of the Austral Tropics (1894) is a collection of short stories published in the Sydney Bulletin in the 1890s. Set in tropical northern Australia, Favenc brings to life the half-unknown and mysterious regions of this part of Australia at this time. The tales exude themes of the bush and bring together elements of the sensational and supernatural that are characteristic of Favenc's work. This is one of a number of works that have earned him a place in Australian literary history.
This new edition of Tales of the Austral Tropics, with an introduction by Cheryl Taylor, is a part of the Australian Classics Library series intended to make classic texts of Australian literature more widely available for the secondary school and undergraduate university classroom, and to the general reader. The series is co-edited by Emeritus Professor Bruce Bennett of the University of New South Wales and Professor Robert Dixon, Professor of Australian Literature at the University of Sydney, in conjunction with SETIS, Sydney University Press, AustLit and the Copyright Agency Limited. Each text is accompanied by a fresh scholarly introduction and a basic editorial apparatus drawn from the resources of AustLit.