Australian fiction. Publication date: 1996. Condition: Very good. The dust jacket has only very slight edge wear and is in very good condition. Internally, the book is in very good condition - clean, tight and unmarked. Content: Henry Kingsley was the brother of the better-known Charles Kingsley, and is an exponent of Muscular Christianity in his book "The Recollections of Geoffry Hamlyn". Henry Kingsley emigrated to Australia after leaving Oxford, and here became became involved in gold-digging, and later joined the mounted police. For some time Kingsley had little or no money and carried his swag from station to station, before deciding to become a writer. " "The Recollections of Geoffry Hamlyn" is a vital part of Australia's literary heritage. Popular throughout the English-speaking world in the nineteenth century, Henry Kingsley's novel is now regarded as a literary classic of the colonial period and precursor of a line of novels o adventure and romance set in the Australian outback.......This first volume in the Academy Editions of Australian Literature series offers a scholarly and reliable text of the work for reading and reference....The editors also provide an introductory essay tracing the novel's composition, publication and reception history, and extensive notes to explain allusions in the novel to Australian geology, flora and fauna, bushranging activities, Aboriginal ways, and social and political events in Britain and Australia. The notes also clarify now obsolete uses of language."