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E. W. Hornung's first book, *A Bride from the Bush*, was greeted with acclaim in 1890. The critics were delighted by its freshness and originality but puzzled at having to wait until 1893 for a sequel. It may have seemed that the novelist was resting on his laurels. But “Willie” Hornung had, in fact, been hard at work in 1891 on an ambitious romance; he came within a hair’s breadth of finishing it. Whether it was the upheaval resulting from a move to a different address, illness, or another insurmountable problem, the creative process suddenly stopped. That novel is *The Graven Image*, a sensitive, beautifully wrought narrative with much humour and drama and vivid descriptions of people and places alike, the action moving from a cheerless Midland town in England to the wide open spaces of southeast Australia. This is the second unfinished novel edited by Peter Rowland, the companion volume being *His Brother’s Blood: The Last (Unfinished) Novel*, published by ELT Press in August 2015. As with *His Brother’s Blood*, Rowland rounds off *The Graven Image* with speculation on how, at one level, it might have reached a resolution. Together these books are designed to celebrate in 2016 the 150th anniversary of Hornung’s birth.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Part One
  2. p. 1
  1. I. A False Prophet
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  1. II. Jeanette
  2. pp. 21-39
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  1. III. Femina Furens
  2. pp. 40-54
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  1. IV. “Sudden Death”
  2. pp. 55-69
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  1. V. The Graven Image
  2. pp. 70-84
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  1. Part Two
  2. p. 85
  1. I. Young Australia
  2. pp. 86-100
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  1. II. Too Highly Strung
  2. pp. 101-113
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  1. III. “Bushed”
  2. pp. 114-124
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  1. IV. Appreciation
  2. pp. 125-136
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  1. V. Mail Day
  2. pp. 137-144
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  1. VI. An Important Surrender
  2. pp. 145-155
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  1. VII. A Bushman’s Fancy
  2. pp. 156-169
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  1. VIII. Henry Flood
  2. pp. 170-179
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  1. IX. Two Girls Together
  2. pp. 180-191
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  1. Afterword
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  1. Notes to Text
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780944318768
Related ISBN
9780944318751
MARC Record
OCLC
935989745
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-27
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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