The Anthology Of Colonial Australian Crime Fiction

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Melbourne Univ. Publishing, Jul 1, 2008 - Literary Collections - 280 pages
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From the editors of The Anthology of Colonial Australian Gothic Fiction comes this fascinating collection of disturbing mysteries and gruesome tales by authors such as Mary Fortune, James Skipp Borlase, Guy Boothby, Francis Adams, Ernest Favenc, 'Rolf Boldrewood' and Norman Lindsay, among many others. In the bush and the tropics, the goldfields and the city streets, colonial Australia is a troubling, bewildering place and almost impossible to regulate--even for the most vigilant detective. Ex-convicts, bushrangers, ruthless gold prospectors, impostors, thieves and murderers flow through the stories that make up this collection, challenging the nascent forces of colonial law and order. The landscape itself seems to stimulate criminal activity, where identities change at will and people suddenly disappear without a trace. A remarkable anthology that taps into the fears and anxieties of colonial Australian life.
 

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This is a compilation of short stories that fans of crime fiction in general, and the local product in particular, will have on their must read lists. Written from 1859 to 1933, this selection of 17 ... Read full review

Contents

Colonial Australian Crime Fiction
1
John Lang
13
Tales of Adventure by a LogFire 1859
20
Mary Fortune
27
Tale of a Skull 1867
67
In Australian Wilds 1870
84
The Troopers Story of the Bank Robbery 1872
104
Campbell McKellar
114
One of the Cloth 1897
162
Cooee William Sylvester Walker
180
Le Premier Pas 1899
188
Rolf Boldrewood Thomas Alexander Browne
202
The Bardoc Finn 1911
209
The Strip of Lining 1912
222
The Gangster 1933
242
Notes on the Authors
264

Dr Fletchers Love Story 1892
129
Ernest Favenc
152

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Ken Gelder is Professor of Literary Studies at The University of Melbourne. His books include Reading the Vampire (1994), Popular Fiction: The Logics and Practices of a Literary Field (2004) and Subcultures: Cultural Histories and Social Practice (2007). He is also co-author, with Jane M Jacobs, of Uncanny Australia: Sacredness and Identity in a Postcolonial Nation (1998). Rachael Weaver is Research Fellow in Literary Studies at The University of Melbourne. She is the author of The Criminal of the Century (2006).

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