Literature

A Friend of My People at Home: Marcus Clarke and Captain Frederick Standish

“Poor Clarke is on the voyage out to Australia, his father having met with a paralysis of the brain,” Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote to Ernest Hartley Coleridge about their fellow student from Highgate School, Marcus Clarke, on March 22, 1863 (Further Letters of Gerard Manley Hopkins, edited by C.C. Abbott). Clarke’s father, suddenly struck down with paralysis, was taken to a hospital for the insane at Stoke Newington, his financial affairs in complete disorder. Marcus, his expectations evaporated, was packed off to Australia where his uncle was a judge of the Court of Mines and of the County Court of…

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