Pulp fiction: popular culture and literary reputation

Nile, Richard (1998) Pulp fiction: popular culture and literary reputation. Journal of Australian Studies, 22 (58). pp. 66-74.

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[Extract] On 7 November 1949 Mervyn Blake, novelist and, for more than two decades now, a spokesman on behalf of Australia's national literature, addressed the bi-monthly meeting of the Australian Society of Writers (ASW) at its Collin Street headquarters in Melbourne. According to the only surviving account of the occasion, many of the members of the society had already 'arrived in the local world of belles lettres'. One of Melbourne's most distinguished literary identities, Blake was the ASW's president. Described as a large man in his mid fifties, 'florid of face but not flaccid of muscle', he carried his years with considerable dignity, for 'Prosperity riding on one should and Success on the other kept those shoulders well back'.

Item ID: 54279
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1835-6419
Keywords: novelists, Australian literature, literary societies, publishers
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2018 02:58
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200502 Australian Literature (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) @ 50%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950203 Languages and Literature @ 60%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 40%
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