Hall of Fame

C. J. Dennis

1876 - 1938

Clarence Dennis spent most of his professional life in Victoria where he created the sentimental bloke, who first appeared in The Bulletin in 1909.

Dennis was a prolific writer of both verse and prose, contributing more than 3000 items over 16 years to a daily column in the Melbourne Herald as well as creating Ben Bowyang in Letters from the Bush and other feature series.

But his verse novel, The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke, with its vernacular celebration of Bill and Doreen's everyday love story, was his most enduring success, selling more than 60,000 copies within a year of its first publication in 1915.

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