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Legends of Australia: Frederick Charles Howard, Lang, John

Author Name    Lang, John

Title   Legends of Australia: Frederick Charles Howard

Binding   Pictorial Soft Cover

Book Condition   Very Good

Edition   1st Edition

Size   12mo

Publisher   Australia Mulini Press 1989

Seller ID   055057

144 pages. First published in parts as numbers. 1-4 of "Legends of Australia". Sydney: James Tegg, 1842. Attributed to John Lang. Reprint of Ferguson, 3437. This a lively tale of early Australia written by someone who was there. lt contains stories of convicts and bushrangers told at a racing pace and no moralising. no dull long descriptive passages but surprisingly modern in its storytelling. The basis of the tale is of a young aristocrat convicted of murdering his father-in-law and transported to Botany Bay. He is not the innocent, hard done by. hero depicted in later novels. His beautiful young wife chased after him. arrived in Sydney. and then had an exciting cross country ride to Bong Bong in an open mail coach driven by a larrikin character called John Smith. He is really another aristocrat but his comic antics, especially on board ship where he kidnapped the surgeon gives the story quite another dimension. The ending is a happy one with the convict husband being assigned to his wife - for life. This is a tale you will enjoy giving you as well a true picture of Australia in the 1830's. John Lang [1816-1864] the first native born Australian novelist John George Lang was born in Parramatta Educated at William Capes' School and Sydney College, he went to England and studied law. He wrote "The Legends of Australia" on his return to Sydney in I841. He left for Calcutta in India and practiced as a lawyer while continuing his writing. He spent some years in England and became a member of Dicken's circle publishing a number of comic novels. He returned to India where he conducted a newspaper for some years. He died in India in I864. His most famous work, a series of sketches and stories is called "Botany Bay".

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