Adam McCay and Sydney’s Literary Bohemia (1911-1947)


In the family he was known as Uncle Dum. Wicked Uncle Dum, my mother used to say, in the tones of gleeful mock horror she used for such phrases as Big Bad Banksia Man. Adam Cairns McCay, 1874-1947, scholar, poet, pagan, journalist, literary critic, editor and alcoholic, is an interesting case study in Sydney's literary bohemia. He is survived by a legend which is greater than his achievement, but he is far from being the only literary bohemian of whom that may be said.

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Published 1 October 1984 in Volume 11 No. 4. Subjects: Sydney.

Cite as: Nelson, Penelope. ‘Adam McCay and Sydney’s Literary Bohemia (1911-1947).’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 11, no. 4, 1984, doi: 10.20314/als.40b629dfd7.