Marcus Clarke’s novel For the Term of His Natural Life, first published in 1874, has inspired a rich history of artistic production.
It was the subject of the first feature-length film made in Australia and is recognised as the first classic Australian novel.
But the artistic influence of this epic text has faded in recent years, despite the rise of writers and filmmakers who have taken convict society as their subject….
… Philip Davey offers a new vision of the history of Australia as described by one of its great early writers.
Eleanor Davey, PhD, 2012