Literary Aspiration and the Papers of William Gosse Hay
Australian Literary Studies | UNIV QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIAN LITERARY STUDIES | Published : 2018
This article sets out to explore the literary aspirations and career of the early post-federation Australian writer William Gosse Hay through the extensive collection of personal papers he left behind him. Hay was born into an affluent Adelaide family in 1875, and attended Melbourne Grammar School and Trinity College, Cambridge, before marrying and settling down to a reclusive life in the Adelaide foothills to begin writing full time. He eventually published six novels and a collection of short stories. Many of these were favourably reviewed, but they failed to attract significant commercial success. After a brief revival of critical interest in his writing after his death in 1945, Hay once ..View full abstract
In 2016 I was awarded a Hugh Williamson Foundation Fellowship through the University of Melbourne Archives to examine the papers of William Gosse Hay: I would like to gratefully acknowledge this support as well as the kind assistance of Katrina Dean, Sophie Garrett and the staff working in Special Collections at the Baillieu Library.