The Vagabond papers / John Stanley James ; edited and with an introduction by Michael Cannon Vagabond, 1843-1896

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Vagabond, 1843-1896
Australia - Description and travel.; Vagabond, 1843-1896.; Australia - Social conditions - 1788-1900.
Includes 'The Vagabond in Virginia' by Robert G. Flippen and 'The Vagabond in New Caledonia' by Willa McDonald. Australian life has never had a chronicler quite like the Vagabond. Renowned as journalist and 'eminently unconventional character', he suffered extremes of poverty and prosperity. These enabled him to record first-hand experiences revealing the degradation of life in the festering slums of the Victorian era. They also enabled him to write convincingly about the emergence of a well-off middle class in the fast-developing colonies. This selection of the Vagabond's best work includes a lengthy introduction to the 1969 edition, which attempted to explain the mysteries of his origins and adventures, and the reasons he always used pseudonyms after fleeing from the USA to Australia. Additional material in this edition reveals for the first time the details of his earlier life in Virginia, USA.
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