Rufus Dawes, Novelist
Discusses an American novel, Nix's Mate: An Historical Romance of America, set during the Boston uprising of 1689. Written by Rufus Dawes, Innes suggests the coincidence of the author's name with the protagonist of His Natural Life is more than coincidence; rather, it indicates that Clarke may have read the book which 'provided him with some of the matter which he refashioned in his own novel'.
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Published 1 May 1988 in Volume 13 No. 3. Subjects: American (USA) literature & writers, Australian literature - Comparisons with overseas literature, Marcus Clarke.