Marshall Islands Bibliography
Fiction set in the Marshall Islands.
A Select Bibliography

compiled by Dirk H.R. Spennemann







Literature - Criticism -


Literature



Baywater, Hector C.
1925The great Pacific War. A history of the American-Japanese campaign of 1931-33. London: Constable & Co.
A description of an imaginary war, based on the strategic data availabe at the time. The account, heavily driven by the battleship doctrine assumed the fall of Guam and an uprising of Japanese in Hawaii. Wake was seen as refuelling base.


Becke, George Lewis ('Louis')
1894'Long Charleys Good Little Wife.' contained in By Reef and Palm. London: T. Fisher Unwin.
Short story.
1894'The fate of the Alida.' contained in By Reef and Palm. London: T. Fisher Unwin.
Short story.
1894'The methodical Mr. Burr of Majuro. contained in By Reef and Palm. London: T. Fisher Unwin.
Short story.
1896Auriki Reef.' contained in 'The Ebbing of the Tide. South Sea Stories. London: T. Fisher Unwin.
Short story.
1896'The Strange White Woman of Majuro. Daily Chronicle (London) 16 April 1896.
Short story.
1897'Chesters Cross.' contained in: Pacific Tales. London: T. Fisher Unwin.
Short story.
1897'Collier the blackbirder.' contained in Pacific Tales London: T. Fisher Unwin.
Short story.
1898'A Point of Theology on Majuro.' The Australian Town and Country Journal. vol. 56, n° 1468, 26 March 1898, p. 11.
Short story.

Downing, Jane
1993 The Christmas Choir. Paris Transcontinental vol. 8, pp. 6368.
Short story.
1999The Greenhouse Ark in Searching for the Volcano and other Stories, Wagga Wagga, NSW: four W press
Short story.


Hay, G
1942 Wake Island. Poetry 60, 9.
Poem.


Moll, Ernest G.
(1900-1997)
1953 A Scientist Writes from Bikini. in: The lifted spear. Sydney : Angus & Robertson
Poem.


Rukeyser, M
1942Wake Island: a poem. Garden City, New York : Doubleday Doran & Co.
Poetic impression of Wake Atoll.


von Scheven, Rudolph
1995El Niño '92 - The dry side of life Antithesis vol. 7(2), pp. 87-89
Poem.


Sterndale, Handley Bathurst
(1829-1876)
1871 'The voyage and wreck of the Fo-hi.' Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney), Volume III (n° 70), 6 May 1871, pp. 568.

1871 'The voyage and wreck of the Fo-hi continued.' Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney), Volume III (n° 71), 13 May 1871, pp. 586-587.

1871 'Our prepations for Gaspar Rico.' Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney), Volume III (n° 72), 20 May 1871, pp. 632.

1871 'How our work went on.' Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney), Volume III (n° 73), 27 May 1871, pp. 664.

1871 'The Pintados enraged.' Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney), Volume III (n° 74), 3 June 1871, pp. 696.

1871 'A night attack.' Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney), Volume III (n° 75), 10 June 1871, pp. 172.

1871 'Dreadful scene of destruction of the Pintados.' Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney), Volume III (n° 76), 17 June 1871, pp. 752-753.

Criticism



Spennemann, Dirk H.R. & Jane Downing
1998 Cyclopean Ruins and Remains on the Caroline Islands. The ruins of Nan Madol and Lelu in the 1860s as seen through the eyes of 'A Master Mariner.' MARC Working Papers Vol. 74. Agana: Richard F. Taitano Micronesian Area Research Center, University of Guam

1998 Editing a 19th century serial: from antiquarian research to boys' own adventure in: Allan Curtis and Lynda Wilson (eds), The Johnstone Centre 1998 Workshop Abstracts,. Johnstone Centre Report 123, 48

1999 Unmasking transient colonial authors: the case of Handley Bathurst Sterndale. Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand Bulletin 23(3), 148-163
Nineteenth century colonial newspapers relied heavily on correspondents and contributions by the general public for special feature articles. While some of these contributions and serials carry by-lines with true names or well-known pseudonyms, the attribution of others is more complicated. This was especially so in the example provided here, an 1871 contribution to the Australian Town and Country Journal, where the author had only spent a short time in Australia and was only a transient resident of Sydney.
Textual analysis provided a number of promising clues that led nowhere due to the author's deliberate attempts at obfuscation in his supposed real life adventures. A systematic verification of all claims and allusions made in the serial through a comparison with contemporary publications which could have served as sources, led to the positive identification of the author: Handley Bathurst Sterndale (1829-1878), well known to Pacific historians as the author of an influential New Zealand parliamentary paper of 1874.

1999 Literary Detection: Discovering the identity of a 'Master Mariner'. Margin 47, pp. 8-13
The paper discusses the process which led to the successful identification of th author a 1870s serialised story published in the Australian Town and Country Journal, a regional newspaper published in Sydney. A systematic verification of all claims and allusions made in the serial through a comparison with contemporary publications which could have served as sources, led to the positive identification of the author: Handley Bathurst Sterndale (1829-1878), well known to Pacific historians as the author of an influential New Zealand parliamentary paper of 1874.

2000 Creating a media persona in 19th century colonial Australasia: the case of Handley Bathurst Sterndale. Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand Bulletin 24(1), 50-67
The role of regional and colonial newspapers as means of opinion creation and modification is well documented. As is still practice today, editorials and invited/solicited series on various topics created a public discussion which informed and directed public opinion. Whilst this is most commonly done to further political ambitions, there are examples designed to further a career for personal gain rather than political power and fame. This is the case with Handley Bathurst Sterndale, born 1829 in India. His oeuvre includes newspaper serials in the Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney) (1871-72); the Daily Southern Cross (Auckland) (1874) and the New Zealand Herald (Auckland) (1877). In this paper his writings will be analysed to show how he created a media persona and gained sufficient credibility that eventually led an invitation to furnish a formal background paper on Pacific Island Trade for the New Zealand Parliament. This in turn led to a partnership with a trading firm which placed him in sole control a Pacific Atoll.



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