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A. E. Martin A. E. Martin i(A21034 works by) (birth name: Edward Archibald Martin) (a.k.a. Archibald Edward Martin)
Also writes as: Peter Amos ; Petramos
Born: Established: 30 Sep 1885 North Adelaide, Adelaide - North / North East, Adelaide, South Australia, ; Died: Ceased: 1955 Chatswood, Chatswood - Gordon - Castlecrag area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,
Gender: Male
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A. E. Martin was born in North Adelaide in what is now the Cathedral Hotel, and grew up in Orroroo. He attended Prince Alfred College in Adelaide, and later worked for the Adelaide Critic, where he met C. J. Dennis. The pair then founded and co-owned the weekly newspaper, Gadfly, which folded in 1909.

In 1912 Martin left for the fairgrounds of Europe, where Houdini became his mentor, and he later became involved in promoting circus events and vaudeville acts back in Australia. In 1913 he even wrote the libretto for George Willoughby's Aladdin pantomime. He is known to have contributed at least one other libretto for a pantomime, this being Little Bo-Peep (1922). After World War II forced the closure of the Woman's Weekly Travel Agency, a company he had established in the 1930s, Martin wrote and published magazines for soldiers and children's comics.

Martin only launched his career as a novelist when he was over fifty, when in 1942 he won an award from the Australian Women's Weekly for Common People. Common People and Sinners Never Die were picked up by the American publisher Nimmo, and released in the United States to universal acclaim. A number of his other mystery novels were published in America and Britain, although to Martin's disappointment The Misplaced Corpse only ran to one Australian edition in Martin's lifetime. Many of the characters in his novels were drawn from his experience of show business and circus life. Martin also had short stories published in the US mystery magazine Ellery Queen and wrote radio plays and serials for George Edwards' productions. Martin died of cancer in 1955.

Most Referenced Works


  • A. E. Martin was the father of J. T. (James Treloar) Martin, who also used the writing name Peter Amos.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Hive of Glass Adelaide : Rigby , 1962 Z525073 1962 single work novel A 'study of small-town life in NSW'. William H. Wilde, Joy Hooton and Barry Andrews, ed. The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature. (1994).
1960 winner Adelaide Centenary Literary Competition Novel Section
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