For the Term of His Natural Life

Marcus Clarke
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The classic novel of convict Australia, For the Term of His Natural Life is a novel of tremendous power, and also of suffering and inhumanity.

For the Term of His Natural Life is the classic Australian novel of convict life. Relating the intricate and savage interplay between the gaolers and the gaoled, Marcus Clarke weaves the tragic tale of his wrongfully convicted hero Rufus Dawes. This unforgettable account of the barbarous days of early white settlement has at its heart the enduring belief in the strength of the human spirit and the capacity for love to overcome adversity.

Author bio:

Marcus Clarke is best-known for his classic novel of the convict system, For the Term of His Natural Life, although he also wrote numerous essays, stories and plays and edited literary journals.

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. He wrote theatrical criticism for the Argus before commencing a regular column for its weekly, the Australasian.

In 1870 Clarke was sent to Tasmania to research the history of the convict system for the Argus. After producing a series of historical articles for the Australasian, he began writing For the Term of His Natural Life, which began its serialisation in the popular fiction magazine, the Australian Journal.

Category: Literary fiction
ISBN: 9781743312742
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: A&U House Of Books
Pub Date: September 2012
Page Extent: 436
Format: Paperback - A format
Subject: Literary fiction