This book contains Mary Grant Bruce’s “early tales”—two of her first published stories. Its editor, Pamela Nutt, introduces them:
Mary Grant Bruce was just twenty years old when she published her first story, “Her Little Lad”, in 1898 under the authorship of “M.G.B.”. It appeared in the Christmas Supplement of The Leader, a newspaper produced in Melbourne but with a large rural readership. Her second story, “Dono’s Christmas”, also published in The Leader‘s Christmas Supplement of 1900, was attributed to “Coolibar”. By this time Minnie Grant Bruce, as she had been baptised, was firmly established as “Cinderella”, the editor of The Leader‘s “Children’s Column”. In this section of the newspaper she began to publish stories for children in serial form.
The two stories in this volume reflect her interest in Australian bush life and the influence of early childhood experiences.
Dono’s Christmas was published just a few weeks before the six Colonies of the great southern land federated into the Commonwealth of Australia.
Collection published: 2011
Publisher: Juvenilia Press
Place of publication: Sydney
The Trustee of The Mary Grant Bruce Family Trust owns the copyrights to Mary Grant Bruce’s two original works in Mary Grant Bruce: The Early Tales.