The Ern Malley Affair

Convinced he had hit upon the work of a Modernist genius, a poet of whom Australia could be proud, Harris published Malley's poems in his magazine, Angry Penguins.

The Ern Malley Affair

In October 1943, the young and successful Australian literary editor, Max Harris, received a package of poems by a recently deceased poet, Ern Malley, forwarded to him by his sister Ethel. Convinced he had hit upon the work of a Modernist genius, a poet of whom Australia could be proud, Harris published Malley's poems in his magazine, Angry Penguins. With copies despatched around the world and grand claims surrounding publication, Harris had no idea of the events that lay in store; the consequences of which would haunt the literary landscape for generations. Michael Heyward's compelling account of perhaps the most famous literary hoax of the twentieth century reproduces in their entirety, the seventeen poems published as 'The Darkening Ecliptic' in the magazine, Angry Penguins. 'As Michael Heyward explains in his exceptional book . . . the Ern Malley affair dramatises, more luridly than any other literary episode, the question which is in the minds of the audience of any work of modern art; the question of whether what they're being invited to admire is, in fact, in some sense, fake.' John Lanchester, Guardian 'A thoroughly researched narrative of the whole saga . . . tells the story very well indeed, with wit and style.' Ian Hamilton, Times Literary Supplement

Ern Malley

Exhibition catalogue to accompany Heide Museum of Modern Art exhibition of the same title. Examines the genesis of Australia's most famous literary hoax, the Ern Malley affair of 1944.

Ern Malley

Exhibition catalogue to accompany Heide Museum of Modern Art exhibition of the same title. Examines the genesis of Australia's most famous literary hoax, the Ern Malley affair of 1944.

The Sons of Clovis

The Sons of Clovis is a scholarly tour de force.

The Sons of Clovis

The Sons of Clovis is a tour de force. It begins with the Ern Malley affair, establishing previously unrecognised connections between the Australian scene and French Symboliste poetry, before embarking on a fascinating journey through literature, culture, and poetics. David Brooks, novelist, poet and scholar, has created a page-turning literary history with the narrative tension of a thriller. In the mid-1940s, writers James McAuley and Harold Stewart submitted a series of poems to the avant-garde literary magazine, Angry Penguins, under the fictitious name Ern Malley. In a flurry of excitement, the poems were published in a special edition proclaiming the discovery of an important new Australian voice. When the hoax was exposed, it occupied the front page of newspapers around. The flurry died down but the voice continues. For the past twenty years, David Brooks has been on a quest to find the inspiration for the hoax and the secrets of its haunting poetry. His journey has uncovered astounding facts that will overturn all previous assumptions. This is not just an account of the Ern Malley hoax; it is a fascinating study of literary hoaxes and poetry in general. With its playful narrative style, The Sons of Clovis is sure to provoke even more debate in Australian's literary circles.

The Literary Review

THE ERN MALLEY AFFAIR AUTHENTICITY LINES ON THE WATER By Michael
Heyward ( Faber & Faber 367pp £ 9.99 ) By Deirdre Madden ( Faber & Faber
385pp £ 7.99 ) By David Adams Richards ( Yellow Jersey Press 256pp £ 8 ) IN ...

The Literary Review


Australian Literary Studies

Ern Malley and His Rivals HE received history of Angry Penguins is based on a
simple story : two young poets , James ... In a phrase that caught the imagination
of reviewers of his book The Ern Malley Affair , Michael Heyward referred to ...

Australian Literary Studies


Exquisite Corpse

In Michael Heyward ' s oddly haunting story , no one concerned with the affair
quite comes off as truly undeceived , unless it ' s Ern Malley . by Tom Clark The
Ern Malley Affair , Michael Heyward ; introduction by Robert Hughes . Faber and
 ...

Exquisite Corpse


Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth Century Literatures in English

Back in 1944 the Australian poet 'Ern Malley' was world famous for fifteen
minutes, because he was non-existent. ... The whole affair was front-page news
in Australia, and even around the world, reported in the UK papers as well as in
Time ...

Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth Century Literatures in English

An imaginatively constructed new literary history of the twentieth century.This companion with a difference sets a controversial new agenda for literary -historical analysis. Far from the usual forced march through the decades, genres and national literatures, this reference work for the new century cuts across familiar categories, focusing instead on literary 'hot spots': Freud's Vienna and Conrad's Congo in 1899, Chicago and London in 1912, the Somme in July 1916, Dublin, London and Harlem in 1922, and so on, down to Bradford and Berlin in 1989 (the fatwa against Salman Rushdie, the new digital media), Stockholm in 1993 (Toni Morrison's Nobel Prize) and September 11, 2001.

Meanjin

Australia ' s own ' Ern Malley ' affair , in which the literary conservatives Harold
Stewart and James McAuley concocted a false identity and poetry to unmask
what they saw as the truly false identities and poetry of Max Harris and his
modernist ...

Meanjin


Classical and Modern Literature

NOTES AND FEATURES Aeneas and the Ern Malley Affair Brian Arkins The
greatest literary hoax of the twentieth century was inaugurated in Australia in
1943 , when two young poets from Sydney , James McAuley and Harold Stewart ,
wrote ...

Classical and Modern Literature


Luca Antara

The Ern Malley Affair 11 es of 1 , The and uable Secret ich I ( and Mu dian ice's in
England , and James Laughlin , founder of New Directions Press , in the USA . I
have always wondered why Harris sold Ulysses , which I have now owned for ...

Luca Antara

A rich tapestry of history and the present. Essentially, it parallels the life of the author, an emigre to Sydney, and the life of a historical figure, Antonio da Nova, the servant of a portuguese explorer who, in the 1600s sends him to find out more about Luca Antara (now Australia). The lives of the two men, the strange customs and unique social mores of each man's culture and time intertwine throughout. It ends with Edmond literally walking in the footsteps of da Nova across northern Australia.

Networked Language

By the Autumn 1944 ' Ern Malley Commemorative Issue ' , Max Harris was editor ,
with the Melbourne lawyer and arts ... since 1944 , of the Malley poems ; Michael
Heyward , The Ern Malley Affair ( St Lucia : University of Queensland Press ...

Networked Language

A revelation in literary criticism, Philip Mead's NETWORKED LANGUAGE offers absorbing new perspectives on Australian poetry and its cultural life. This study presents new ways of understanding Australian poetry, drawing on an equal fascination with the artifice of poetry and the complexity of culture. It is about the ways poetry changes in relation to its social, political and historical contexts, the way poetic communities and the readerships of poetry have changed through history, and continue to change in the present. "Mead's scholarly tentacles go very deep and his insights are seriously new. This book will be most valuable, and will last." -- Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Twentieth century Literary Movements Dictionary

Twentieth century Literary Movements Dictionary

Provides a guide to analyzing literature from the perspective of literary movements, with more than five hundred literary, theatrical, and critical campaigns, schools, and groups examined.

The New Criterion

Shorter notices Michael Heyward The Ern Malley Affair . Introduction by Robert
Hughes . Faber & Faber , 284 pages , $ 22 . 95 In October of 1943 , the Australian
poet and literary editor Max Harris received in the mail a group of poems by Ern ...

The New Criterion


The Poetic Eye Occasional Writings 1982 2012

The Malley affair keeps on coming back just when everyone is quite sure it is
really old hat. We've seen the play, read the collected poems, and now we have
what numerous folk will hope is a final word. But it won't be. Ern Malley has been
 ...

The Poetic Eye  Occasional Writings 1982 2012

In The Poetic Eye, Australian poet Michael Sharkey addresses cultural memory, the promotion and reception of poetry, and practical poetics chiefly in Australia and New Zealand.

The Devil and James McAuley

For a full account of the Ern Malley hoax see Heyward , The Ern Malley Affair . 64
. Harold Stewart quoted by Heyward , ibid . , 100 . 65 . Kerr , Matters for Judgment
, 11 . 66 . John Kerr interviewed by Heyward , quoted in the Ern Malley Affair ...

The Devil and James McAuley

This is a stylish, confronting and marvellously written biography. When it was first published, this controversial study of McAuley attracted a storm of protest. Cassandra has extended and strengthened her argument in this revised paperback edition.

Mary Martin a Double Life

It appeared when Harris was already smarting because of the Ern Malley affair .
Hope's reaction was predictable . He had shown ambivalence about “ the lush
jungle of modern thought ” in his poem Australia , written in 1939 , with its bleak ...

Mary Martin  a Double Life

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Cultures of Forgery

The cultural scenario within which the Demidenko Affair took place was in many
ways quite similar to that of the Ern Malley Affair: Without widespread skepticism
about current literary fashion, neither event could have got off the ground.

Cultures of Forgery

In Cultures of Forgery, leading literary studies and cultural studies scholars examine the double meaning of the word "forge"-to create or to form, on the one hand, and to make falsely, on the other.

Journal of New Zealand Literature

Max Harris was a name already known to readers of the Listener in connection
with the Ern Malley affair which raised considerable interest in New Zealand ,
with long articles in July 1944 and again in April 1945 , when the Listener printed
 ...

Journal of New Zealand Literature


Cabinet

1 Michael Heyward. The Ern Malley Affair (London: Faber and Faber, 1993), p.
286. 2 Ibid., p. 288. 3 Ibid 4 See Philip Mead and John Tranter, eds. The Penguin
Book of Modern Austrahan Poetry (Harmondsworth. Penguin, 1991) 5 Robert ...

Cabinet


Australian Book Review

Ethel's Storm in a Teacup Alister Kershaw Michael Heyward THE ERN MALLEY
AFFAIR Vintage , $ 22.95pb , 391 pp , 1 74051 270 7 W : ELL , I'M DAMNED ! Ern
Malley of all people ! It's been fifty years since I last laid eyes on him . Seeing ...

Australian Book Review