1944, Melbourne and Adelaide: The Ern Malley Hoax

Philip Mea

in The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748620111
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651863 | DOI:
1944, Melbourne and Adelaide: The Ern Malley Hoax

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This chapter discusses the Ern Malley hoax, which was created by James McAuley and Harold Stewart in order to deceive the editor of the Adelaide–Melbourne magazine to publish the work of their dead, pseudo-avant-garde poet. It studies the origins of this act of literary-cultural sabotage, which was designed to sever the machinery of a promising Anglo-Australian modernism, and then looks at the failure of the Malley experiment, which introduced amorality into Australian culture.

Keywords: Ern Malley hoax; pseudo-avant garde; literary-cultural sabotage; Anglo-Australian modernism; Malley experiment; amorality; Australian culture

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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