Steele Rudd

Portrait

Biographical note

Australian author, pseudonym of Arthur Hoey Davis, and best known for On Our Selection.

Towards the end of 1895 Rudd sent a sketch based on his father's experience 'Starting the selection' to The Bulletin in which appeared on 14 December 1895. This afterwards became the first chapter of On Our Selection when it was published in 1899. Encouraged by J. F. Archibald, Davis continued the series of sketches, 26 of which were included in the volume. Within four years 20,000 copies had been printed. It afterwards appeared in numerous cheap editions and by 1940 the number of copies sold had reached 250,000. It has also been the subject of a play and more than one picture.

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