1944 the Australian literary world was rocked by a hoax
which was to become a worldwide scandal. 'Ern Malley',
deceased motor mechanic and poet, was the invention
of two Sydney poets, James McAuley and Harold Stewart,
both intent on proving that modern poetry was a sham.
The work of Malley comprised lines and words selected
particularly, from Shakespeare to an American report
on the breeding grounds of mosquitoes.
Harris published the poetry in the literary magazine
Angry Penguins and when the hoax was revealed, was mercilessly
lampooned, tried and convicted of publishing 'indecent
This definitive edition contains all of the poems, an
introduction by Albert Tucker, and historical background
to the affair by Max Harris and Colin Wilson. Harris
has been vindicated, with both McAuley and Stewart's
poems being "inexplicably" out of print for