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Clarence James Dennis

Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis, better known as C. J. Dennis, (7 September 1876 – 22 June 1938) was an Australian poet known for his humorous poems, especially "The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke", published in the early 20th century. Though Dennis's work is less well known today, his 1915 publication of The Sentimental Bloke sold 65,000 copies in its first year, and by 1917 he was the most prosperous poet in Australian history.

Together with Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson, both of whom he had collaborated with, he is often considered among Australia's three most famous poets.

While attributed to Lawson by 1911, Dennis later claimed he himself was the 'laureate of the larrikin'. When he died at the age of 61, the Prime Minister of Australia Joseph Lyons suggested he was destined to be remembered as the 'Australian Robert Burns'.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 7th, 1876 (South Australia), Died June 22nd, 1938 (Melbourne)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1918

Roles Represented in DAHR: author

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-21662 12-in. 1/16/1918 The singing soldiers James H. Heron Recitation, unaccompanied author  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dennis, Clarence James," accessed October 21, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102050.

Dennis, Clarence James. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 21, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102050.

"Dennis, Clarence James." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 21 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102050

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