P. R. Stephensen

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Percy Reginald Stephensen (November 20, 1901—May 28, 1965) was an Australian writer, publisher and political activist.[1]

He was born in Maryborough, Queensland. He was nicknamed "Inky", and attended the University of Queensland. He gained a second-class honours degree in Modern Greats at Queen's College, Oxford where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar and also joined the university branch of the Communist Party with A. J. P. Taylor, Graham Greene and Tom Driberg, as an undercover agent for MI5.

His most significant work was The Foundations of Culture in Australia, which led to the foundation of the Jindyworobak Movement.

He was a member of the Australia First Movement whose magazine The Publicist he edited from 1941-1942. He was noted for his anti-semitic views.[1]

Stephensen was a prolific author. He published over 30 books, as well as translations of works by Vladimir Lenin and Friedrich Nietzsche. He also produced nearly 70 books ghostwritten for Frank Clune.

He was interned without trial from 1942 to 1945 for pro-Japanese and Axis sympathies.


Non fiction

  • The Bushwackers: Sketches of Life in the Australian Outback
  • The Foundations of Culture in Australia
  • The Foundations of Culture in Australia: An Essay Towards National Self Respect (1936)

Secondary sources

  • Inky Stephensen: Wild Man of Letters by Craig Munro (UQP, 1992) ISBN 0702223891


  1. 1.0 1.1 Munro, Craig (2000). Stephensen, Percy Reginald (1901 - 1965). Melbourne University Press. Retrieved on 2007-03-13.

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