|bc||Ion Idriess in MAN Magazine, published by KG Murray,
Australia's own magazine.
The following issue, June 1937, saw the appearance of the famous Idriess article, 'The Sniper', based on the authors wartime experiences. The story was later included in 'The Man Storyteller' (1945), the first of two small volumes of the best stories from the magazine.
In September another non-fiction article, 'Men of the West', appeared. This article was about West Australian outback characters.
The next appearance of Idriess in Man was in March 1938. A large and flattering portrait of the author appeared with a short item describing his evidence to a Parliamentary inquiry into Aboriginal health.
April 1938 saw the momentous announcement that Man was to begin publishing Australasiana, a magazine within a magazine, to be edited by Ion Idriess. The magazines editorial page featured a facsimile letter by Idriess accepting the editorship and a full-page portrait of Idriess by Laurence Le Guay also appeared.
May 1938 was the first issue of Man to contain Australasiana, and it proudly bore Idriesss name on its title page. The magazine also carried a short biography, illustrated with a photograph.
After October 1939, Australasiana continued, but Idriess was no longer described as editor. No public announcement was made. The article 'Out Where the Saltbush Grows' appeared in January 1940 but that was the end of the association between Idriess and Australasiana.
One final article by Idriess appeared in Mans December 1954 issue: 'The Man Who was Skinned Alive'.
Idriess contributions to Australasiana are listed:
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