<i>True History of the Kelly Gang</i> (2000)

Bruce Woodcock

in Peter Carey

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780719043604
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700532 | DOI:
True History of the Kelly Gang (2000)

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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

Chapter.  7641 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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