"Ariel" and Australian nineteenth-century serial fiction : A case of mistaken attribution

Cleary, Jim and Mills, Catriona (2010) "Ariel" and Australian nineteenth-century serial fiction : A case of mistaken attribution. Script and Print, 34 3: 162-174.

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Author Cleary, Jim
Mills, Catriona
Title "Ariel" and Australian nineteenth-century serial fiction : A case of mistaken attribution
Journal name Script and Print
ISSN 1834-9013
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 34
Issue 3
Start page 162
End page 174
Total pages 13
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Bibliographical Society of Australia & New Zealand
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In 2002, Harold Love described nineteenth-century journalism as “the largely unmapped terra incognita of attribution studies,” emphasising that “for minor literary authors and politicians and all professional journalists, the determination of authorship is often crucial to whether a career can be mapped out in the first place.”1 This paper outlines an instance of mistaken attribution in nineteenth-century Australian serial fiction, in which an early Australian author disappeared from the record when the bulk of her published output was attributed to another writer. The focus of this paper is five long tales published under the pseudonym “Ariel” in The Sydney Mail between 1860 and 1878: “Bitter Sweet—So Is The World” (25 Aug. 1860–16 Mar. 1861), “Which Wins? A Tale of Life’s Impulses” (19 Oct. 1861–10 May 1862), “A Lonely Lot” (4 July 1863–20 Feb. 1864), “Fallen By The Way” (1 July 1871–20 Jan. 1872), and “Mrs Ord” (10 Aug.–16 Nov. 1878). In the last quarter of the twentieth century, an increasingly stable attribution to Eliza Winstanley, an English-born actress and writer, developed on the basis of an initial unsubstantiated attribution by Eric Irvin. We wish to demonstrate conclusively that Menie Parkes, the daughter of NSW Premier Sir Henry Parkes, was Ariel.
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