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Erle Cox Erle Cox i(A26718 works by)
Also writes as: 'The Chiel'
Born: Established: 15 Aug 1873 Emerald Hill, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria, ; Died: Ceased: 20 Nov 1950 Elsternwick, Caulfield - St Kilda area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,
Gender: Male
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Writer and journalist Erle Cox was best-known for his 1925 novel, Out of the Silence, which has been described as 'a classic work of science fiction. Set in rural Australia, it tells the story of a young vigneron who discovers, buried beneath his land, a huge sphere containing the culture and technology of a past civilization. Cox began to write the book about 1916 but had shaped the idea for it earlier - "pacing up and down the St Kilda sands". At first he was unable to find a publisher but in 1919 the Argus printed the story in weekly instalments between 19 April and 25 October'. Heralding 'its appearance in Melbourne in book form', the Australasian declared: '"No more successful serial story has been published in Australia"'.

For over twenty years, he worked extensively as a film critic, primarily for the Argus and the Australasian. When he died in 1950, his obituary in the Argus noted that 'For 32 years he was a leading figure in Melbourne journalism, and for 17 of those years he wrote, in a style he made his own, pungent criticisms of motion pictures for The Argus and The Australasian.'


Australian Dictionary of Biography entry for Erle Cox.

'Death of "The Chiel",' The Argus, 21 November 1950, p.6.

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