The Darkening Ecliptic [a collection of 21 publications from 1944 to 2017, containing either the entire text or selected poems]
Formats and condition vary, but most of the items are in very good condition or better.
This collection contains an interesting cross-section relating to the publication and reception of the 'Ern Malley' poems over more than seven decades. Key pieces include the 1944 Reed & Harris overseas edition of the first separate printing of 'The Darkening Ecliptic'; the 1974 McAlpine edition with illustrations by Sidney Nolan, limited to 1000 copies; and the 1988 limited edition of only 100 copies, signed by Max Harris, Joanna Murray-Smith and 'Ern Malley'. Also of note is the very early appearance of three of the poems in the American literary journal 'Voices', together with an essay by Max Harris, 'Commentary on Australian Poetry'. The essay 'was written at the time that Max Harris was preparing the 1944 Autumn Number of "Angry Penguins", "to Commemorate the Australian Poet Ern Malley". The Ern Malley issue (35 of the 108 pages were devoted to Malley) was published at the beginning of June, and the hoax had been revealed within the month ... This article for "Voices" appears to be the only instance outside "Angry Penguins" where Harris wrote believing Ern Malley to be a real person. The particular interest of the article is Harris's placing of the Malley poems in the context of Australian poetry, something which he did not attempt anywhere else' (Des Cowley: 'Annotation: "Experiment with Death" by Max Harris', in 'The La Trobe Journal', Number 64, Spring 1999). Less well-known, but surely of greater lasting significance, is the inclusion in this volume of 'one of the "secret life" poems of the Aranda tribe of Central Australia ... recorded and translated by T.G.H. Strehlow, an authority on the aborigine language. It is a song of the great warrior Ankotarinja ... Both the original poem and the translation appear'. The collection comprises: [21 items].
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