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Issue Details: First known date: 1895... 1895 His Native Wife
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John Barrington takes a berth as a second mate to return to the Caroline Islands, where he left his Islander wife two years before. The ship is carrying three passengers, a missionary and his wife and her sister. The missionary, Parker, and his wife knew Barrington previously and Mrs Parker is secretly in love with him.

Barrington's wife, Nadee, is waiting for him on the island of Losap with her grandmother, who hates Europeans and endeavours to convince Nadee that Barrington will not return. When he does reach the island, in dramatic circumstances, a misunderstanding is deliberately perpetuated and tragedy ensues.

Becke also uses this narrative to put forward vitriolic views of missionaries and the harm he believes they cause.

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  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Notes:
Other imprints include: US - Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1897; Swedish, 1898
    • Jamison Centre, Belconnen area, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory,: Mulini Press , 2005 .
      Extent: xxxvi, 123p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Edited and introduced by Dirk H. R. Spennemann.
      ISBN: 0975723227
      Series: Australian Books on Demand Mulini Press (publisher), 1992- series - publisher Number in series: 21

Works about this Work

Books and Authors 1906 single work column
— Appears in: The Queenslander , 6 January no. 2078 1906; (p. 19)
Publications Received 1895 single work review
— Appears in: The Queenslander , 19 October 1895; (p. 738)

— Review of His Native Wife Louis Becke , 1895 single work novella
Publications Received 1895 single work review
— Appears in: The Queenslander , 19 October 1895; (p. 738)

— Review of His Native Wife Louis Becke , 1895 single work novella
Books and Authors 1906 single work column
— Appears in: The Queenslander , 6 January no. 2078 1906; (p. 19)
Last amended 30 Jun 2017 11:55:21
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