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Issue Details: First known date: 2000... 2000 True History of the Kelly Gang
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'"I lost my own father at 12 yr. of age and know what it is to be raised on lies and silences my dear daughter you are presently too young to understand a word I write but this history is for you and will contain no single lie may I burn in Hell if I speak false."

'In TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG, the legendary Ned Kelly speaks for himself, scribbling his narrative on errant scraps of paper in semi-literate but magically descriptive prose as he flees from the police. To his pursuers, Kelly is nothing but a monstrous criminal, a thief and a murderer. To his own people, the lowly class of ordinary Australians, the bushranger is a hero, defying the authority of the English to direct their lives. Indentured by his bootlegger mother to a famous horse thief (who was also her lover), Ned saw his first prison cell at 15 and by the age of 26 had become the most wanted man in the wild colony of Victoria, taking over whole towns and defying the law until he was finally captured and hanged. Here is a classic outlaw tale, made alive by the skill of a great novelist.' (From the publisher's website.)

Adaptations

form y separately published work icon True History of the Kelly Gang Shaun Grant , ( dir. Justin Kurzel ) Australia : Film4 Screen Australia Film Victoria Porchlight Films , 2018 12236444 2018 single work film/TV

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Unit Suitable For

AC: Year 11 (English Unit 2)

Themes

19th-century Australia, Australian identity, English–Irish tensions and conflict, folklore, heroes, lawlessness, loyalty, Oppression and victimisation, policing and the law, rebellion, villains, violence

General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, Information and communication technology, Intercultural understanding, Literacy

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • St Lucia, Indooroopilly - St Lucia area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,: University of Queensland Press , 2000 .
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      Extent: [viii], 401p.p.
      Description: illus., map.
      ISBN: 0702231886 (pbk.), 0702231673
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Knopf ,
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      Extent: 349, [3] p.p.
      Edition info: 1st American ed.
      Description: illus., maps.
      ISBN: 0375410848 (alk. paper)
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Faber ,
      2001 .
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      Extent: 349p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 0571204082(pbk.), 0571192165(cased)
    • Toronto, Ontario,
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      Canada,
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      Americas,
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      Random House Canada ,
      2001 .
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      Extent: 368p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 9 January 2001
      ISBN: 0679310797
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Faber ,
      2002 .
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      Extent: 424p.
      Description: illus., map.
      ISBN: 0571209874 (pbk.)
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2015 .
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      Extent: 496p.
      Note/s:
      ISBN: 9780143571209
Alternative title: Prawdziwa historia Neda Kelly'ego
Language: Polish
    • Warsaw,
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      Poland,
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      Eastern Europe, Europe,
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      Proszynski i Ska ,
      2000 .
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      Extent: 376p.
      Reprinted: 2005
      ISBN: 9788373375987, 8373375988

Works about this Work

Memories and Their Literary Representations : A Comparative Reading of Red Sorghum and True History of the Kelly Gang Peng Qinglong Zhu , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Comparative Literature Studies , vol. 54 no. 1 2017; (p. 177-194)

'Mo Yan and Peter Carey are internationally acclaimed writers who have written a number of historical novels. They share many similarities in their characterization and narrative skills as they subvert official narrative memories; however, they differ in their explorations of their respective national psyches. Mo Yan's Red Sorghum and Carey's True History of theKelly Gang represent memories of historical events and figures which depict their bandits, Yu Zhan'ao (Red Sorghum) and Ned Kelly (Kelly Gang), as heroes in dark and turbulent periods. This article suggests that these characters are a reflection of the cruel histories that Chinese and Australian peoples have experienced in fighting against their enemies. Through Mo Yan and Carey's literary representation of memories within the characters of Zhan'ao and Kelly, the aesthetic value of the fiction brings the histories to life.' (Publication abstract)

Discarding the Disclaimer? Reappraising Fiction as a Mode of Biography James Vicars , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : Journal of Writing and Writing Courses , April vol. 20 no. 1 2016;
'While the biographical novel has created an openness to representing lives in fiction it is usually expected to provide a disclaimer certifying the work’s unreliability despite its potential for truth-telling and rich tools for writers wishing to tell the stories of real people. Even so, more serious attention to the historical novel since Lukács, the impact of the postmodern novel, plus the variety of published works that have adopted fictional strategies to tell lives over the last half century suggest this perspective is shifting. Using Ina Schabert’s seminal work on fictional biography as a scholarly reference point, this paper explores fiction’s biographical capacity, turning to published works and personal writing practice to try to reappraise the potential of fiction as a mode of biography.' (Publication abstract)
What's a Bad Boy like You Doing in a Nice Place like This? Ned Kelly Faces Off against American College Freshmen Lyndall Nairn , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 30 no. 2 2016; (p. 406-410)

'Australian texts are rarely included in syllabi on North American College campuses. Perhaps the only Australian writer who is well known outside Australia is Patrick White, the only Australian to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Unfortunately, the variety and depth of Australian literature remains a well-kept secret but it is certainly worth closer consideration, expecially when faculty members are choosing texts in liberal arts or "great books"-type programs. One Australian novel, worth considering for general education courses in world literature or composition is Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang (2000), which won the Booker Prize in 2001. Three reasons make this novel worth studying: First, Carey's focus on the bushranger, or outlaw, Ned Kelly, who is an iconic Australian figure, reveals key insights into Australian culture. Second, True History of the Kelly Gang deals with universal issues, which are relevant, challenging, and timely for today's students, and third, Carey's experimental approach to language use in this novel is so striking' and unusual that North American students would have difficulty finding anything comparable elsewhere.' (Introduction)
 

12 Books Every Australian Should Read Anna Vallen , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Geographic [Website] , February 2016;
'Take a literary journey to the interior with these 12 must-read Australian books, representing a cross section of Australian literature, meditating on landscape, history and what makes us Australian.'
The Art of Adaptation Shaun Grant , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 5-6 December 2015; (p. 16)
Untitled Lyn Jacobs , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 1 no. 2002; (p. 96-101)

— Review of True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey , 2000 single work novel
Two Sides to the Story : For Malcolm Knox , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 7-8 June 2003; (p. 16)

— Review of True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey , 2000 single work novel
Two Sides to the Story : Against Megan Gressor , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 7-8 June 2003; (p. 16)

— Review of True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey , 2000 single work novel
Wild Colonial Boy John Banville , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Review of Books , 29 March vol. 48 no. 5 2001; (p. 15-16)

— Review of True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey , 2000 single work novel
Immediately Engaging Donna Lee Brien , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Dotlit : The Online Journal of Creative Writing , August vol. 4 no. 1 2003;

— Review of True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey , 2000 single work novel
Turning the Publishing Page Sandra McLean , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 25 January 2003; (p. 8)
Running in the Family : Novels, Films and Nations Andrea Stretton (interviewer), 2002 single work interview
— Appears in: The Sydney Papers , Autumn vol. 14 no. 2 2002; (p. 9-23)
Discussion between Thomas Keneally and Michael Ondaatje, held at the Sydney Institute 8 March 2002 and moderated by Andrea Stretton.
Hunting Ned Sandra McLean , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 1 March 2003; (p. 5)
Ned's Full Metal Jacket Fits Heath Garry Maddox , 2002 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14 June 2002;
The Voice of the Teller: A Conversation with Peter Carey Nathanael O'Reilly (interviewer), 2002 single work interview
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 16 no. 2 2002; (p. 164-167)
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