James McAuley – Australian poet

James Phillip McAuley (12 October 1917 – 15 October 1976) was an Australian academic, poet, journalist, literary critic, and a prominent convert to Roman Catholicism. He was involved in the Ern Malley poetry hoax.

Books in order of publication:


The Darkening Ecliptic (with Harold Stewart, 1944) Melbourne: Angry Penguins literary journal

Under Aldebaran (1946) Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

A Vision of Ceremony (1956) Sydney: Angus & Robertson.

The Six Days of Creation (1963) An Australian Letters Publication.

James McAuley (1963) ‘Australian Poets Series’ Sydney: Angus & Robertson.

Captain Quiros (1964) Sydney: Angus & Robertson.

Surprises of the Sun (1969) Sydney: Angus & Robertson.

Collected Poems 1936–1970 (1971) Sydney : Angus & Robertson.

A Map of Australian Verse (1975) Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Music Late at Night (1976) London; Sydney : Angus & Robertson.

Time Given:poems 1970–1976 (1976) Canberra : Brindabella Press.

A World of its own (1977) Canberra : Australian National University Press.


The End of Modernity: Essays on Literature, Art, and Culture (1959) Sydney: Angus & Robertson.

A Primer of English Versification (1966) Sydney: Sydney University Press.

C. J. Brennan (1963) Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Edmund Spenser and George Eliot: A Critical Excursion (1963) University of Tasmania.

Hobart (1964) Sydney: Current Affairs Bulletin.

Versification: A Short Introduction (1966) Michigan State University Press.

The Personal Element in Australian Poetry (1970) Foundation for Australian Literary Studies, Townsville. Sydney: Angus & Robertson.

The Grammar of the Real: Selected Prose 1959–1974 (1975) Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

The rhetoric of Australian poetry (1978) Surrey Hills: Wentworth Press.

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