Angry Penguins Broadsheet.Melbourne: Reed & Harris, 1946 Stock Code: 105022
A complete set, in lovely conditionA complete set of ten issues. The Angry Penguins Broadsheet was an offshoot of Angry Penguins, Australia's leading modernist literary magazine.
The title came from Harris's poem, Mithridatum of Despair: "We know no mithridatum of despair/as drunks, the angry penguins of the night/straddling the cobbles of the square/tying a shoelace by fogged lamplight". The first magazine was founded in Adelaide in 1940 by Harris and his co-editor, D. B. "Sam" Kerr, and was published irregularly, with only nine issues in total. The art patrons John and Sunday Reed, together with Max Harris, published The Broadsheet, along with the later issues of the Angry Penguins magazine itself.
Angry Penguins was famously the subject to one of the great literary hoaxes of the century by James McAuley and Harold Stewart. The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature observes that "the vigorous and legitimate movement for modernism in Australian writing... received a severe setback, and the conservative element was undoubtedly strengthened".
10 volumes, quarto. Original paper wrappers, titles to front covers in black. Housed in a black solander box.
Mildly toned; an excellent set.
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