Emperors in Lilliput

Clem Christesen of Meanjin and Stephen Murray-Smith of Overland

Jim Davidson
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Emperors in Lilliput

Published

30 August 2022

ISBN

9780522877403

Pages

480

Size

240mm x 156mm

Imprint

Miegunyah Press

Emperors in Lilliput

Clem Christesen of Meanjin and Stephen Murray-Smith of Overland

Jim Davidson
Clem Christesen and Stephen Murray-Smith were giants of the world of Australian books and writing from the 1940s to 1980s
'Lilliput', in this dual biography, is the world of literary magazines in Australia between the 1940s and the 1980s. Here Clem Christesen and Stephen Murray-Smith, of the journals Meanjin and Overland, were determined, driven visionaries. Both were very human-and occasionally bruised-believers in and workers for a better nation. The book ranges from before the Menzies era and the Cold War, through the Whitlam period and beyond to the challenges of the 1980s. It shows how the editors constantly aimed for a culture more liberal, diverse and developed than the one then prevailing. Their publications may have lacked resources and economic return, but they nonetheless possessed authority, regularly providing stimulation for their readers and for the nation In finely wrought detail, Jim Davidson - the second editor of Meanjin - traces the commitment of Christesen and Murray-Smith to this ambitious cultural project and how it attracted many of the key…
'Lilliput', in this dual biography, is the world of literary magazines in Australia between the 1940s and the 1980s. Here Clem Christesen and Stephen Murray-Smith, of the journals Meanjin and Overland, were determined, driven visionaries. Both were very human-and occasionally bruised-believers in and workers for a better nation. The book ranges from before the Menzies era and the Cold War, through the Whitlam period and beyond to the challenges of the 1980s. It shows how the editors constantly aimed for a culture more liberal, diverse and developed than the one then prevailing. Their publications may have lacked resources and economic return, but they nonetheless possessed authority, regularly providing stimulation for their readers and for the nation. In finely wrought detail, Jim Davidson - the second editor of Meanjin - traces the commitment of Christesen and Murray-Smith to this ambitious cultural project and how it attracted many of the key writers and thinkers of those years. There are pen portraits of many of them, as the reader is taken behind the scenes. Emperors in Lilliput exhibits the enlightened creative spirit animating these journals at their best. It is at once captivating biography and rich social history.

Jim Davidson

Jim Davidson

Jim Davidson edited Meanjin from 1974 to 1982. He knew Christesen and Murray-Smith, and many others associated with them. His own publications range from a scholarly edition of Anthony Trollope's South Africa to histories of tourism and postcards. He is best known as a biographer, his Lyrebird Rising (Louise Hanson-Dyer) and A Three-Cornered Life (WK Hancock) winning multiple awards.

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