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by Marcus Clarke
For the Term of His Natural Life is a story written by Marcus Clarke and published in The Australian Journal between 1870 and 1872 (as His Natural Life)
For the Term of His Natural Life is a story written by Marcus Clarke and published in The Australian Journal between 1870 and 1872 (as His Natural Life). It was published as a novel in 1874 and is the best known novelisation of life as a convict in early Australian history. At times relying on seemingly implausible coincidences, the story follows the fortunes of Rufus Dawes, a young man transported for a murder that he did not commit
Dedication to sir charles gavan duffy.
Dedication to sir charles gavan duffy. I have endeavoured in "His Natural Life" to set forth the working andthe results of an English system of transportation carefully consideredand carried out under official supervision; and to illustrate in themanner best calculated, as I think, to attract general attention, theinexpediency of again allowing offenders against the law to be herdedtogether in places remote from the wholesome influence of publicopinion, and to. be submitted to a discipline which must necessarilydepend for its just administration upon the personal character andtemper of their gaolers.
Marcus Clarke's masterpiece stands atop the great novels of Australian literature (the other being Robbery Under . For the Term of His Natural Life is an interesting story full of history and drama. The characters are unforgettable.
Marcus Clarke's masterpiece stands atop the great novels of Australian literature (the other being Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood). The novel is Victorian in its elocution and execution but it stands as a unique work of art alienated from the Dickens and Victor Hugo to which he is often assimilated by a brooding sense of intemperance for "what man has made of man". You feel sorry for Dawes, an innocent man who seems to attract bad fortune in every situation.
Marcus Clarke uses his novel to describe the convict system. It’s a lot like slavery, except that the convicts have no monetary value, contrary to slaves. It’s always in their administrative coldness that inhumane businesses inadvertently show their inhumanity. As I said, I was interested in the workings of the penal settlements but I would have enjoyed For The Term of His Natural Life a lot more if it had been written in a more sober manner and if the discussions about the penal system had been more challenging. I had trouble with the book’s style and its literary genre.
On the evening of May 3, 1827, the garden of a large red-brick bow-windowed mansion called North End House, which, enclosed in spacious grounds, stands on the eastern height of Hampstead Heath, between Finchley Road and the Chestnut Avenue, was the scene of a domestic tragedy. I owe you no duty, he said. You have always hated and reviled me. When by your violence you drove me from your house, you set spies to watch me in the life I had chosen. I have nothing in common with you. I have long felt it. Now when I learn for the first time whose son I really am, I rejoice to think that I have less to thank you for than I once believed.
This book is not for the faint hearted. Marcus Clarke wrote a story that would rightfully take the same place in Australian and British history as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin took in that of the United States. Beware cheap imitations.
Born in London, educated as a gentleman and expected to enter diplomatic service, his father's mental and financial collapse in 1862 saw the young Clarke shipped off to relatives in Australia. After experiencing both city and country life, he returned to Melbourne to try to succeed as a writer.
Book I. Macquarie Harbour. The Consolations of Religion. A Natural Penitentiary. A Visit of Inspection. Gathering in the Threads. The Topography of Van Diemen’s Land. The Solitary of Hell’s Gates. The Last of Macquarie Harbour. The Power of the Wilderness. The Seizure of the OSprey. Left at Hell’s Gates.
Last updated Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 12:58. To the best of our knowledge, the text of this work is in the Public Domain in Australia
Last updated Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 12:58. To the best of our knowledge, the text of this work is in the Public Domain in Australia. eBooksaide The University of Adelaide Library University of Adelaide South Australia 5005.
of my book is due to your advice and encouragement. The convict of fiction has been hitherto shown only at the beginning or at the end of his career
For the Term of his Natural Life, written by Marcus Clarke, was published in the Australian Journal between 1870 and 1872 (as His Natural Life), appearing as a novel in 1874. It is the best known novelisation of life as a convict in early Australian history. of my book is due to your advice and encouragement. The convict of fiction has been hitherto shown only at the beginning or at the end of his career. Either his exile has been the mysterious end to his misdeeds, or he has appeared upon the scene to claim interest by reason of an equally unintelligible love of crime acquired during his experience in a penal settlement.
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