John O'Grady (writer)

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John O'Grady
BornJohn Patrick O'Grady
(1907-10-09)9 October 1907
Waverley, New South Wales, Australia
Died14 January 1981(1981-01-14) (aged 73)[1]
Oatley, New South Wales, Australia
Pen nameNino Culotta
OccupationNovelist, poet
LanguageEnglish
NationalityAustralian
GenreSatire
Notable worksThey're a Weird Mob
The Integrated Adjective
RelativesFrank O'Grady (brother)

John Patrick O'Grady, (9 October 1907 – 14 January 1981) was an Australian writer. His works include the comic novel They're a Weird Mob (1957) using the pen name Nino Culotta and the poem The Integrated Adjective, sometimes known as Tumba-bloody-rumba. Born to John Edward O'Grady and Margaret Gleeson.

Pseudonym[edit]

O'Grady chose to write under a variety of pseudonyms, most famously as Nino Culotta for his books They're a Weird Mob, Cop This Lot, Gone Fishin ', and Gone Gougin' . Other examples include No Kava For Johnny, which is published under O'Grady's name, but contains a preface from the author claiming that the book had in fact been written by the eponymous character, Johnny.

Works[edit]

O'Grady's numerous works were originally published in hardback by Ure Smith with comic illustrations; many have frequently been re-issued by other publishing houses, generally facsimile editions in paperback.

  • They're a Weird Mob (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1957) and its sequels,
    • Cop This Lot (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1960)
    • Gone Fishin' (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1962)
    • Gone Gougin' (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1975)
  • No Kava for Johnny (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1961) illustrated by 'wep'
  • The Things They Do To You (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1963) illustrated by 'wep'
  • Aussie English: An Explanation of the Australian Idiom (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1965)
  • Ladies and Gentlemen (with Douglass Baglin) (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1966)
  • Gone Troppo (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1968)
  • O'Grady Sez (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1969)
  • So Sue Me! (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1970)
  • Are You Irish or Normal? (as by Sean O'Grada) (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1970)
  • Aussie Etiket; or, Doing Things the Aussie Way (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1971)
  • It's Your Shout, Mate!: Aussie pubs and Aussie beers (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1972)
  • Smoky Joe the Fish-eater (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1972)
  • Survival in the Doghouse (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1973)
  • Now Listen, Mate! [re-issue of So sue me!] (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1974)
  • There Was A Kid: An Autobiography, Part One (Sydney: Ure Smith, 1977)
  • Down Under To Up Over (with Molly O'Grady) (Sydney: Lansdowne Press, 1980)

Aussie Etiket was translated into Japanese as Ōsutoraria-ryū Echiketto: Oretachi Dattara Kōsuru Ne (Tōkyō : Kindai Bungeisha, 1993)

A collection of the papers of O'Grady, ranging from 1942 to 1986, are available in manuscript form at the National Library of Australia, Canberra.[2]

Family[edit]

O'Grady's son, John O'Grady, Jnr, was at one point the head of situation comedy at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation[3] and winner of the 1987 Television Drama Award for ABC TV series Mother and Son presented by the Australian Human Rights Commission.[4] O'Grady's brother, Frank, was also an author and published The Golden Valley (1955), Goonoo Goonoo (1956) and Hanging Rock (1957); all published by Cassell. While John O'Grady's novels were light satirical works, Frank O'Grady wrote pioneering sagas set in western New South Wales.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John O'Grady dies, 73". The Canberra Times. 55 (16, 547). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 15 January 1981. p. 16 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "Papers of John O'Grady (1907–1981)". Manuscripts (8046). National Library of Australia. 6 December 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2007.
  3. ^ Tynan, Jacinta (13 September 2008). "Weird how my rello won his fame". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  4. ^ "1987 Human Rights Medal and awards winners". Human Rights Medal and Awards. Australian Human Rights Commission. 1987. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  5. ^ Carter, David (1 October 2004). "O'Grady, John see 'Culotta, Nino': popular authorship, duplicity and celebrity". Australian Literary Studies. 21 (4): 56–73. doi:10.20314/als.53ea8f2166.