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Bruce Woodcock

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719043604

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719043604.001.0001

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True History of the Kelly Gang (2000)

True History of the Kelly Gang (2000)

(p.138) 9 True History of the Kelly Gang (2000)
Peter Carey

Bruce Woodcock

Manchester University Press

This chapter takes a look at the novel that gave Carey his second Booker Prize, the True History of the Kelly Gang. It observes that this novel and Jack Maggs—both historical novels—explore what Carey has called the ‘patterns of abandonment, orphans’ in his work. This novel narrates the stories of marginalised characters, outlaws and outsiders, and presents several elements of the Jerilderie Letter. This chapter also seeks to explain the purpose of Carey's reinvention of Ned Kelly.

Keywords:   True History of the Kelly Gang, historical novels, patterns of abandonment, marginalised characters, Jerilderie Letter, reinvention, Ned Kelly

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