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Ern Malley - Collected Poems

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Ern Malley - Collected Poems by Ern Malley
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This volume of poems, originally published in 1944, provoked a world-wide scandal when they were found to be a hoax. These poems were supposedly the product of a recently deceased mechanic called "Ern Malley". When the hoax was reported around the world, proving "the gradual decay of meaning and craftsmanship in poetry", the publisher Max Harris was mercilessly lampooned, and convicted of publishing "indecent advertisements" (the poems) after a marathon trial. This definitive edition contains historical background by Max Harris. Ern Malley was the invention of two Sydney poets, James McAuley and Harold Stewart. "Ern's" imaginary sister, Ethel Malley, sent the 16 poems to the magazine "Angry Penguins" in an attempt to prove that modern poetry was a sham - "We opened books at random, choosing a word or a phrase haphazardly..." said the authors at the time.
Release date NZ
January 1st, 1993
Author
Contributor
Edited by Max Harris
Country of Publication
Australia
Imprint
Angus & Robertson Childrens
Pages
80
ISBN-13
9780207179778
Product ID
1660796

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