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Australian Literature
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Gay and lesbian writing has expanded rapidly in Australia during the 1990s. For the first time, such publications saw crossover success, not just in terms of mainstream publishing but as national best-sellers: Tim Conigrave’s posthumous autobiography, Holding the Man (1995); Christos Tsiolkas’s first “wog poofter” novel, Loaded Sydney (1995); and Robert Dessaix’s Night Letters (1996). Dorothy Porter staked a large popular claim to revivifying narrative poetry with Akhenaten (1992) and A Monkey s Mask (1994).