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|Manuscript Name||Papers of Brian James|
|Manuscript Number||MSS 224|
|Last Updated||May 2021|
|Extent||1 AV box|
|Location||Special Collections, UNSW Canberra|
|Abstract||Draft short stories by Brian James (pen-name of John Tierney), together with a short sequence of correspondence exchanged with Norman Lindsay|
This collection relates to the Australian short story writer and novelist Brian James, who was born John Lawrence Tierney (1892-1972). The material comprises drafts of twelve short stories, variously published in the Red Page of The Bulletin and in James’ anthologies First Furrow (1944) and Cookabundy Bridge and Other Stories (1946). Of special interest is a small group of correspondence exchanged between James and his friend, artist and writer Normal Lindsay
Short story writer and novelist. This collection relates to Australian writer Brian James, the literary pseudonym of John Lawrence Tierney (1892-1972). Tierney was born near Mudgee, New South Wales and attended Eurunderee Public School (where his father had taught Henry Lawson). He specialised in Australian literature as a student at the University of Sydney and qualified as a teacher at the University of Oxford whilst teaching in England in 1923. On return to Australia Tierney taught in Sydney, marrying Effie Brodie in 1932 (a friend of writer Marjorie Barnard) and settling together on a farm near Pennant Hills. Barnard encouraged Tierney to write down his humorous stories about trying to establish a commercial orchard for The Bulletin, through which hemet poet Douglas Stewart and became close friends with artist Norman Lindsay.
Author record, Brian James, AustLit (www.austlit.edu.au), St Lucia: The University of Queensland, 2002- https://www-austlit-edu-au.wwwproxy1.library.unsw.edu.au/austlit/page/A620 retrieved 22 May 2020
Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Edition: Tierney, John Lawrence (1892-1972) http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/tierney-john-lawrence-11861 retrieved 22 May 2020
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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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
Papers of Brian James, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 224, Box [Number], Folder [Number]
The collection was acquired in a single instalment
Research material relating to Brian James is located in the Papers of Dorothy Green (MSS 020/Box 75/Folder 82) and in the Records of the Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (MSS 011/Box 6/Folder 41).
A letter from John Tierney is contained in the Papers of Eric Rolls (MSS 139/Box 1/Folders 4-6).
A manuscript ‘Brian James’ (John Tierney) regarding writing of 'The Art of Brian James' (UQP 1972), 1967-1973 is held by the State Library of New South Wales at MLMSS 5636/Box 7/Item . Also housed at SLNSW is a box of Mary McPherson research papers on Brian James (aka John Lawrence Tierney) at MLMSS 10188
Brian James, 1892-1972 – Archives
Norman Lindsay, 1879-1969 – Correspondence
Australian short stories – 20th century
Brian James, 1892-1972
Norman Lindsay, 1879-1969
Short story writers
Manuscripts of twelve of John Tierney’s stories published under the pseudonym of Brian James : ‘Grant and His Horses’; ‘Auntie Emily Stands Guard’; ‘River Odyssey’; ‘The Passing of Abe’; ‘Doolans Devotions’; ‘The Bells; ‘Prayers for Rain’; ‘Two Stacks of Hay’; ‘The Pise House’; ‘Cheque Day’; ‘Uncle’s Career’; ‘The Casey Country’; ‘Fringader Gate’; ‘In Tipperary’
Correspondence from Norman Lindsay and Brian James (‘to Harry’), extract from letter written by Norman Lindsay