Ern Malley's Journal. Volume 1, Number 1, November 1952; Number 2, March 1953; and Number 3, October 1953. Max HARRIS, John REED, Barrie REID.

Ern Malley's Journal. Volume 1, Number 1, November 1952; Number 2, March 1953; and Number 3, October 1953

Heidelberg, The Editors, 1952 and 1953.

Octavo, three issues, 48, 53, and 48 pages with 2 full-page illustrations by Jean Langley in the first number, and 2 pages of facsimile manuscript poetry by Joy Hester plus a plate in each number (in the third one, it reproduces 12 Charles Blackman paintings from his exhibition at the Bray Gallery in Melbourne in May of the previous year). A subscription form is loosely inserted in the third number.

Wrappers with the titles in facsimile holograph on the front cover; the second number shows mild signs of use; overall an excellent run.

'Six years ago Ern Malley lived and died in Australia. Child of the unintended creative act of two other Australian poets he became overnight the most significant figure in the current literary scene. Alike as poet and as a symbol of creative living ... Who can doubt that he did in fact live. And now, we hope, his spirit will live on in the pages of this Journal' (introduction to the first number). The lengthy editorial in the third number indicates their hope is a little forlorn ('we cannot congratulate either our contributors, our readers, or ourselves'), and it concludes with a half-page explanation - clearly called for - of 'Who was Ern Malley?'. It was another thirteen months before Volume 1, Number 4 appeared; Volume 2, Numbers 1 and 2 followed at six-monthly intervals, before the journal ceased publication for want of subscribers. [3 items].

Item #118558

Price: $300.00

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