The Profligate Son: 4 of 4: Or, A True Story of Family Conflict, Fashionable Vice, and Financial Ruin in Regency Britain Kindle Edition by Nicola Phillips (Author)


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Title: Australia and New Zealand

Identifier: australianewzeal00wall (find matches)

Year: 1893 (1890s)

Authors: Wallace, Alfred Russel, 1823-1913

Subjects: Natural history; Natural history

Publisher: London E. Stanford

Contributing Library: Robarts - University of Toronto

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70 COMPENDIUM OF GEOGRAPHY AND TRAVEL arctos, and is called by the colonists "native bear" or " native monkey." The Phascolomys, or wombat, is another large and thick-limbed animal, about 3 feet long, and, next to the kangaroos, the largest of the marsupials. It is terrestrial

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NATIVE BEAR WITH ITS YOUNG and nocturnal, feeding upon roots and grass, and forming deep burrows. It is slow in its movements, and its Hesh is said to resemble pork. It has powerful gnawing and grinding teeth, and it possesses two more pairs of ribs than any other marsupial. It therefore constitutes a distinct family of the order.

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The Profligate Son: 4 of 4: Or, A True Story of Family Conflict, Fashionable Vice, and Financial Ruin in Regency Britain Kindle Edition by Nicola Phillips (Author)

 Foppish, impulsive, and philandering: William Jackson was every Georgian parent's worst nightmare. Gentlemen were expected to be honorable and virtuous, but William was the opposite, much to the dismay of his father, a well-to-do representative of the East India Company in Madras. In The Profligate Son, historian Nicola Phillips meticulously reconstructs William's life from a recently discovered family archive, describing how his youthful misbehavior reduced his family to ruin. At first, William seemed destined for a life of great fortune, but before long, he was indulging regularly in pornography and brothels and using his father's abundant credit to swindle tradesmen. Eventually, William found himself in debtor's prison and then on a long, typhus-ridden voyage to an Australian penal colony. He spent the rest of his days there, dying a pauper at the age of thirty-seven. 

A masterpiece of literary nonfiction as dramatic as any Dickens novel, The Profligate Son transports readers from the steamy streets of India, to London's elegant squares and seedy brothels, to the sunbaked shores of Australia, tracing the arc of a life long buried in history.

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