Guide to the Papers of Jack and Paul Radley


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Manuscript Name Papers of Jack and Paul Radley
Manuscript Number MSS 48
Last Updated January 2020
Extent 4 boxes + 1 AV box
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Typescripts, correspondence, clippings, galley proofs, photographs and miscellaneous papers

Collection Subject Type 

Literary

Scope and Content

This collection contains typescripts, correspondence, clippings, galley proofs, photographs and miscellaneous papers of Jack and Paul Radley, many relating to their association with the inaugural Australian Vogel Literary Award (1980).

Date Range of Content 

1980-1996

Biographical Note 

The great-uncle of Paul Radley, Jack Radley was actually the author of the three novels that were originally attributed to his great-nephew Paul: Jack Rivers and Me (1981); My Blue-Checker Corker and Me (1982); Good Mates (1985).  The first title in the trilogy received the 1980 Australian Vogel Literary Award, Australia's richest and most prestigious literary prize, open only to unpublished writers under the age of 35.

In 1996 (sixteen years later) Jack Radley 'admitted he was the real author' of Jack Rivers and Me, the 'book that won his great-nephew the inaugural Australian/Vogel Literary Award'. Radley 'said he agreed to enter the book...under the name of his great-nephew Paul Radley, in a competition that was then restricted to writers under 30'. Stating that he 'was probably rebelling against age discrimination', Radley questioned 'why discriminate about a first novel whether you're 80 or 18?'  Following the publication of the initial manuscript, a 'legal agreement drawn up between the men in 1984 gave Jack Radley the right to write books' using Paul Radley's name as a pseudonym.

Reference: Austlit - https://www.austlit.edu.au/austlit/page/A61067

 

Administrative Information 

Access and Copying Conditions

Access: Open Access

This collection contains a variety of copyright material. Copyright is held by the creator of each item. Specific conditions for this collection are listed below. If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items. Digitised material from manuscript collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright. Refer also to the UNSW copyright, disclaimer and takedown policy. 

Copying: Copying of material for private study and research is approved

Preferred Citation

Papers of Jack and Paul Radley, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 48, Box [Number], Folder [Number].

Provenance

The collection was acquired in 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1996

 

Subject Keywords

Subjects

Australian Vogel Literary Award

Literary prizes - Australia

Radley, Paul (Literary hoax)

Authors, Australian - 20th century - Archives

Personal Names

Jack Radley, c1920-

Paul Radley, 1962-

Occupations

Writers

 

Container List 

Box 1

Typescripts

Folder 1 

Photocopy of the original annotated typescript of Jack Rivers and Me

Folder 2

Annotated typescript of Good Mates

Folder 3

Invitation to The Australian of the Year reception, 1988

 

Box 2

Typescript

Folder 4

Annotated draft typescript of Good Mates (previously titled ‘Which Way is the Word’, or ‘The World in the Dream’, or ‘Up from Down Under’) – 1/2

Folder 5

Annotated draft typescript of Good Mates (previously titled ‘Which Way is the Word’, or ‘The World in the Dream’, or ‘Up from Down Under’) – 2/2

 

Box 3

Typescript

Folder 6

Re-edited and annotated typescript of Good Mates – 1/2

Folder 7

Re-edited and annotated typescript of Good Mates – 2/2

 

Box 4

Correspondence, clippings and galley proofs

Folder 8

Correspondence (1981-1985) and newspaper clippings (1980-1986)

Folder 9

Correspondence (1986-1987)

Folder 10

Clippings (1983-1986) and correspondence (1981-1986)

Folder 11

Clippings (1982-1996), correspondence (1986-1987) and miscellaneous

Folder 12

Galley proofs of Blue Checker Corker and Me

Folder 13

Blue Checker Corker and Me - Master pages (Houghton)

Folder 14

Blue Checker Corker and Me - Galleys

Folder 15

Correspondence (1988-1989)

 

AV

AV1

Photograph of Paul Radley at car yard

Three slides of Paul Radley at car yard