Gentlemen's agreements: Southerly's first editors
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This article describes the early years of the journal 'Southerly'. Academic R.G. (Guy) Howarth and poet Kenneth Slessor were the first two editors. This article is focused on the friendship of the first two editors, their shared literary tastes, and their relations with other literary figures. Slessor and Howarth shared a moderate taste for literary modernism and a strong taste for literary socialising. Their story, seen as part of a larger story about writing and gender on the post-war Australian literary scene, offers a telling illustration of the way a literary magazine operated its predominantly male networks.