Maurice Frere’s Wife : Marcus Clarke’s Revision of ‘His Natural Life’


Poole examines the changes to the character of Mrs Frere when Marcus Clarke shortened the serial version of His Natural Life for book publication. Apart from the change of name from Dora to Sylvia, Mrs Frere’s character was subject to a number of revisions as Clarke revised the narrative. These and other changes, Poole concludes, produced a superior work.

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Published 1 October 1970 in Volume 4 No. 4. Subjects: Marcus Clarke.

Cite as: Poole, Joan. ‘Maurice Frere’s Wife : Marcus Clarke’s Revision of ‘His Natural Life’.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 4, no. 4, 1970.