His Natural Life

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Univ. of Queensland Press, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 686 pages
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His Natural Life has retained Australian classic status for over one hundred years. Scarcely ever out of print since first written during the early 1870s, it has provided successive generations with a vivid account of a brutal phase of colonial life. The main focus of this great convict novel is the complex interaction between those in power and those who suffer, made meaningful because of its hero's struggle against the destructiveness of his wrongful imprisonment. While much of the story is necessarily grim, Marcus Clarke has used elements of romance, incidents of family life and passages of scenic description to both relieve and give emphasis to the tragedy that forms its heart.
  

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Contents

General Editors Foreword
vii
List of Abbreviations
xvii
A Newspaper Paragraph
111
TI II Power of the WIlderness
154
The Se1zure of the Osprey 16
168
Left at Hells Gates
175
Mr Dawes
189
W1 1AT n ie Seaweed Suggested
199
cHm PAGe XXII GatherIng 1n thk Threads
386
Runn1ng the Gauntlet
399
In the Night
406
The Flight
413
The Work of the Sea
418
The Valley of the Shadow of Death
431
Extracted from h1e Diary of the Rev James North
439
T1n Lost He1r
452

A Wonderful Days Work
204
T1 1f Coracle
213
The Wr1t1ng on the Sand
221
At Sea
227
A Labourer 1n the V1neyard
234
Sarah Purfoys Request
248
The Story of Two B1rds of Prey
259
The Notor1ous Dawes
269
Maur1ce Preres Good Angel
278
Mr Meek1n Adm1n1sters ConsolatIon
284
Rufus Dawes Idyll
290
An Escape
295
John Rexs Letter Home
300
What Became of the Mut1neers of the Osprey
310
A Rel1c of Macquar1e Harbour
324
At Port Arthur
327
The Commandants Butler
332
Mr Norths Indisposition
343
One Hundred Lashes
347
K1ck1ng Aga1nst the Pr1cks
354
CaptaIn and Mrs Frere
359
In the Hospital
364
The Consolat1ons of Rel1g1on
368
A Natural Pen1tent1ary
372
Extracted from the D1ary of the Rev James Nor 111
465
Extracted from n ie D1ary of the Rev James Nor 111
474
Mr R1chard D1v1ne Surprised
479
In wh1ch the Chapla1n 1s Taken III
485
Break1ng a Mans Spirit
493
Extracted from the DIary of the Rev James North
498
The Longest Straw
503
A Meet1ng
509
Extracted from the D1ary of the Rev James North
517
The Strange Behav1our of Mr North
521
Mr North Speaks
527
Gett1ng Ready for Sea
534
The D1scovery
544
F1fteen Hours
550
The Redempt1on
553
The Cyclone
559
EPILOGUE
566
Clarke and Convictism
573
Stage Screen and Other Versions of
591
Note on Currency Temperature and Imperial
606
Tables of Equivalence AJ and MB
637
Editors Emendations
657
Sample Collation
679
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