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Published 1 October 1976 in Volume 7 No. 4.
Cite as: Hergenhan, Laurie. ‘Patrick White’s ‘Return to Abyssinia’.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 7, no. 4, 1976. https://doi.org/10.20314/als.a81643402a.
Hergenhan reveals that after Clarke shortened the serial version of His Natural Life for book publication a theme of redemption was emphasized. The moral collapse of the “good” Rufus Dawes in the latter parts of the book presents the convict…