For the Term of His Natural Life (A&R Classics)

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Perhaps Australia's most significant and most famous 19th-century colonial novel, For the Term of His Natural Life is a narrative of great suffering-of whips, chains, and man's inhumanity. There is no attempt to soften the truth of the degradation and cruelty in convict Australia. Yet the novel is peopled with vivid characters-Rufus Dawes, condemned to transportation for a crime he did not commit, is one of the most unforgettable characters in Australian literature.

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Forced to conceal his identity and forego his inheritance, Rufus Dawes is unjustly implicated in his father’s murder, convicted of theft and sentenced to be transported to Australia, where he encounters the brutality of the penal system. First published as a serial in the AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL between 1870 and 1872 and in a revised, shortened form as a novel in 1874, For the Term of His Natural Life is an Australian classic, a tale of inhumanity and suffering during Australia’s early colonial history.

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Marcus Clarke was born in London in 1846. As a result of the sudden death of his father he emigrated to Australia in 1863. He wrote for the Melbourne press and from 1868 to 1869 his first novel, LONG ODDS was serialised. He wrote plays, several of which were published, as well as collections of his stories and historical articles. He died in 1881.

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