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'In the outline history that follows I have adopted a two-pronged approach: I have used chronological divisions (1830-60, 1860-80, 1880-93) for convenience, and within each section there is first an account of the major writers of that period and their stories, and second an outline of the genres or themes that emerged or flourished.' (p.1)
A Dispersal,1986single work short story adventure
Note: This is the second half of one of four stories in the anonymous collection, The Black Troopers, dated to about 1850 (Hadgraft, Introduction, pp. 3-4)
This story was first published in the Australasian, 14 September, 1872, with the title 'Human Repetends'. This version of the story, which includes a character called Marston, has been republished several times in anthologies and selections. A second version of the story, with a different beginning and featuring a character called Hylton, was first published in the posthumous selection Sensational Tales with the title 'A Mysterious Coincidence'. This version has been republished under both titles.