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It is, moreover, vengeance approved of by the author, not the fierce predatoriness of a peripheral marauder. A similarly intense and outraged tone is found in the convict stories of 'Price Warung' (William Astley, 1855-1911). He contributed some ninety stories of convict life to the Bulletin from 1890 to 1892. They deal with convicts who are persecuted, sentenced to transportation for naIve political radicalism or minor theft, or simply as scapegoats. They are guarded by brutal warders under a harsh code of penal torture that degrades both prisoners and warders into animals.
Kingsley had something of. an ear for Australian expressions, even if he tended to be condescending. The currency lad's conversation has a plausible nonchalance and unpretentious ness that contrasts with Burton's formal periods. Kingsley wrote some twenty-four novels and volumes of belles-lettres, but he never succeeded so well artistically or THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS OF COLONIZATION 23 commercially as with his first novel, which was highly praised by Marcus Clarke and 'Rolf Boldrewood'. Decades later, however, Joseph Furphy, who seems to have derived enjoyment out of what he disliked in the book, allowed his character Tom Collins to ridicule it as an entirely false portrayal of bush life, a romantic delusion.
His stories are most collected in Three Elephant Power, and Other Stories (1917). THE 'BULLETIN' SCHOOL 45 Some time in 1892 Lawson suggested to Paterson that they should engage in a verse contest in the Bulletin. By this time Paterson had become well known as a bush balladist in the style of Adam Lindsay Gordon, with such ballads as 'Old Pardon, the Son of Reprieve', 'Clancy of the Overflow' and 'The Man from Snowy River'. They presented a glamorous view oflife in the bush, substituting deeds of story-book heroism for the hard grind depicted by Lawson.
A History of Australian Literature by Ken Goodwin (auth.)