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The Sons of Clovis: Ern Malley, Adoré Floupette and a Secret History of Australian Poetry
A fascinating study of literary hoaxes as part of a wide-ranging journey through literature, culture, and poetics, this book offers a fresh look into Australia’s Ern Malley affair. In the mid 1940s, writers James McAuley and Harold Stewart submitted a series of poems to the modernist literary magazine Angry Penguins under the fictitious name Ern Malley; “Ernest” because th ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by University of Queensland Press
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Essential reading for anyone interested in Ern Malley , and a nice instance of technically informed lit crit for a popular audience. Does a good job questioning the myth surrounding the hoax, but its most radical claims remain circumstantial. Interesting / enjoyable.
This book contains some wonderful facts and anecdotes about the Ern Malley hoax and tangentially related matters. We meet a wide variety of persons, including Alexius Meinong, Helen Demidenko, Evariste Luminais, Christopher Brennan, Ossian, Gwen Harwood, and my personal hero David Lewis. Hoax poet Adore Floupette features prominently. I'm afraid the arguments are mostly wooly-headed, the prose style often distracting (Emily Dickinson called and she wants her em dashes back), and the literary the ...more
David Brooks has published several collections of poetry, short fiction and essays, and four novels, The House of Balthus (1995), The Fern Tattoo (2007), The Umbrella Club (2009) and The Conversation (2012). His work has been highly acclaimed, widely translated and anthologised, and shortlisted for the Miles Franklin, New South Wales Premier’s, Adelaide Festival and many other awards. In 2011 he p ...more