EVANS, SAMUEL. - The Yarra Bend and Other Poems and Verses.
Melbourne, printed for the author 1877. Small 8vo publisher's cloth (rubbed); xii,116pp. ¶ Only edition. As with almost all colonial verse we have to look beyond the poetic qualities for interest and here, for a change, we find some. The Yarra Bend is the site of the lunatic asylum (is this the origin of the phrase ‘around the bend'?) a focal point in this crazed melodrama of eloped lovers, a test of constancy gone wrong, captivity by bandits, the care of the mad, a happy denouement and a final puzzling suicide. Mr Evans seems to have exhausted his muse with this; I find no evidence that he published anything else.AUD 225.00 [Appr.: EURO 159.25 US$ 171.95 | £UK 138.75 | JP¥ 19109] Book number 8809
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