The Geological Spieler single work   short story   humour  
  • Author: Henry Lawson http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/lawson-henry
Issue Details: First known date: 1896 1896
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Steelman poses as a geologist, with Smith as his offsider. They are offered accommodation in a railway camp and stay for several days, but decide to move on when they discover they are not the only tricksters in the camp.

Adaptations

form y Steelman and Smith Cliff Green , Australia : ABC Television , 1980 7140680 1980 single work film/TV

'The heroes of this tale are professional itinerants — con men whose lifestyle is usually maintained at the expense of others. Steelman, the brains and manipulator, dominates the cringing Smith. After a series of misadventures Smith takes matters into his own hands for the first time and leaves Steelman high and dry. But he has not taken into account Steelman's tenacity.'

Source:

[Television guide], The Canberra Times, 1 February 1980, p.16.

Notes

  • Epigraph: 'There's nothing so interesting as geology, even to common and ignorant people, especially when you have a bank or the side of a cutting, studded with fossil fish and things and oysters that were stale when Adam was fresh to illustrate by. (Remark made by Steelman, professional wanderer, to his pal and pupil, Smith.)'

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Works about this Work

y The Short Stories of Henry Lawson Adrian Mitchell , Sydney : Sydney University Press in assoc. with Oxford University Press , 1995 Z940380 1995 single work criticism Contains a general introduction on Lawson and his work, and the following chapters discussing individual stories: 1 'The Drover's Wife'; 2 'The Bush Undertaker'; 3 'In a Dry Season, 'In a Wet Season' and 'Hungerford'; 4 'The Union Buries Its Dead'; 5 The Joe Wilson Stories; 6 'The Geological Spieler', 'The Iron-Bark Chip' and 'The Loaded Dog'. Also includes suggestions for further reading.
Steelman and Smith Cliff Green , 1980 single work screenplay
— Appears in: Lawson's Mates 1980; (p. 58-104)
Steelman and Smith Cliff Green , 1980 single work screenplay
— Appears in: Lawson's Mates 1980; (p. 58-104)
y The Short Stories of Henry Lawson Adrian Mitchell , Sydney : Sydney University Press in assoc. with Oxford University Press , 1995 Z940380 1995 single work criticism Contains a general introduction on Lawson and his work, and the following chapters discussing individual stories: 1 'The Drover's Wife'; 2 'The Bush Undertaker'; 3 'In a Dry Season, 'In a Wet Season' and 'Hungerford'; 4 'The Union Buries Its Dead'; 5 The Joe Wilson Stories; 6 'The Geological Spieler', 'The Iron-Bark Chip' and 'The Loaded Dog'. Also includes suggestions for further reading.
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