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|Manuscript Name||Papers of Jack and Paul Radley|
|Manuscript Number||MSS 048|
|Last Updated||June 2021|
|Extent||4 boxes + 1 AV box|
|Location||Special Collections, UNSW Canberra|
|Abstract||Typescripts, correspondence, clippings, galley proofs, photographs and miscellaneous papers|
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).
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the 1980 Australian Vogel Literary Award, Australia's richest and most prestigious literary prize, open only to unpublished writers under the age of 35.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
Access: Open Access
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Copying: Copying of material for private study and research is approved
Papers of Jack and Paul Radley, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 048, Box [Number], Folder [Number].
The collection was acquired in 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1996
Australian Vogel Literary Award
Literary prizes - Australia
Radley, Paul (Literary hoax)
Authors, Australian - 20th century - Archives
Jack Radley, c1920-
Paul Radley, 1962-
Photocopy of the original annotated typescript of Jack Rivers and Me
Annotated typescript of Good Mates
Invitation to The Australian of the Year reception, 1988
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
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
Re-edited and annotated typescript of Good Mates – 1/2
Re-edited and annotated typescript of Good Mates – 2/2
Correspondence, clippings and galley proofs
Correspondence (1981-1985) and newspaper clippings (1980-1986)
Clippings (1983-1986) and correspondence (1981-1986)
Clippings (1982-1996), correspondence (1986-1987) and miscellaneous
Galley proofs of Blue Checker Corker and Me
Blue Checker Corker and Me - Master pages (Houghton)
Blue Checker Corker and Me - Galleys
Photograph of Paul Radley at car yard
Three slides of Paul Radley at car yard