In a Dry Season single work   short story  
  • Author: Henry Lawson http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/lawson-henry
Issue Details: First known date: 1892 1892
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Lawson describes the scenes observed as a train traveller to western N.S.W.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y The Bulletin vol. 12 no. 664 5 November 1892 Z623412 1892 periodical issue 1892 pg. 20
  • Appears in:
    y While the Billy Boils Henry Lawson , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1896 Z822461 1896 selected work short story Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1896 pg. 101-105
  • Appears in:
    y While the Billy Boils : 87 Stories from the Prose Works of Henry Lawson Henry Lawson , Hawthorn : Lloyd O'Neil , 1970 Z1215630 1970 selected work short story Includes stories from Lawson's main collections - While the Billy Boils, On the Track and Over the Sliprails. Hawthorn : Lloyd O'Neil , 1970 pg. 61 - 63 Section: First series
  • Appears in:
    y Henry Lawson : Selected Stories Henry Lawson , Brian Matthews (editor), Adelaide : Rigby , 1971 Z1216141 1971 selected work short story Adelaide : Rigby , 1971 pg. 7-10
  • Appears in:
    y Short Stories Henry Lawson , Sydney : Beagle Press , 1981 Z1342037 1981 selected work short story (taught in 3 units) Sydney : Beagle Press , 1981 pg. 7-8,11
  • Appears in:
    y The Essential Henry Lawson : The Best Works of Australia's Greatest Writer Henry Lawson , Brian Kiernan (editor), South Yarra : Currey O'Neil , 1982 Z368836 1982 selected work poetry short story criticism biography South Yarra : Currey O'Neil , 1982 pg. 102-103
  • Appears in:
    y Prose Works of Henry Lawson Henry Lawson , Sydney : Home Entertainment Library , 1935 Z389778 1935 selected work short story Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1982 pg. 49-51
  • Appears in:
    y A Camp-Fire Yarn : Henry Lawson Complete Works 1885-1900 Henry Lawson , Leonard Cronin (editor), Sydney : Lansdowne , 1984 Z378657 1984 selected work poetry short story autobiography prose criticism drama biography Sydney : Lansdowne , 1984 pg. 253-255
  • Appears in:
    y Henry Lawson : An Illustrated Treasury Henry Lawson , Glenys Smith , Chatswood : Lansdowne , 1985 Z440288 1985 selected work poetry short story humour children's Chatswood : Lansdowne , 1985 pg. 61-63
  • Appears in:
    y The Penguin Henry Lawson : Short Stories Henry Lawson , John Barnes (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 1986 Z282880 1986 selected work short story humour (taught in 8 units) Ringwood : Penguin , 1986 pg. 37-39
  • Appears in:
    y Henry Lawson Recollections : A Selection of Autobiographical Works Henry Lawson , Leonard Cronin (editor), Frenchs Forest : Reed , 1987 Z114119 1987 selected work autobiography short story criticism biography prose Frenchs Forest : Reed , 1987 pg. 66-69
  • Appears in:
    y Henry Lawson's Mates : The Complete Stories of Henry Lawson Henry Lawson , Windsor : Budget Books Lloyd O'Neil , 1979 Z487806 1979 selected work short story autobiography humour Ringwood : Viking O'Neil , 1987 pg. 61-63
  • Appears in:
    y The Macmillan Anthology of Australian Literature Ken L. Goodwin (editor), Alan Lawson (editor), South Melbourne : Macmillan , 1990 Z535337 1990 anthology criticism correspondence extract poetry drama biography short story prose humour satire travel South Melbourne : Macmillan , 1990 pg. 432-434
  • Appears in:
    y Henry Lawson Geoffrey Blainey (editor), Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2002 Z941644 2002 selected work short story criticism poetry Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2002 pg. 202-205
  • Appears in:
    y Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Nicholas Jose (editor), Kerryn Goldsworthy (editor), Anita Heiss (editor), David McCooey (editor), Peter Minter (editor), Nicole Moore (editor), Elizabeth Webby (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1590615 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story (taught in 23 units)

    'Some of the best, most significant writing produced in Australia over more than two centuries is gathered in this landmark anthology. Covering all genres - from fiction, poetry and drama to diaries, letters, essays and speeches - the anthology maps the development of one of the great literatures in English in all its energy and variety.

    'The writing reflects the diverse experiences of Australians in their encounter with their extraordinary environment and with themselves. This is literature of struggle, conflict and creative survival. It is literature of lives lived at the extremes, of frontiers between cultures, of new dimensions of experience, where imagination expands.

    'This rich, informative and entertaining collection charts the formation of an Australian voice that draws inventively on Indigenous words, migrant speech and slang, with a cheeky, subversive humour always to the fore. For the first time, Aboriginal writings are interleaved with other English-language writings throughout - from Bennelong's 1796 letter to the contemporary flowering of Indigenous fiction and poetry - setting up an exchange that reveals Australian history in stark new ways.

    'From vivid settler accounts to haunting gothic tales, from raw protest to feisty urban satire and playful literary experiment, from passionate love poetry to moving memoir, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature reflects the creative eloquence of a society.

    'Chosen by a team of expert editors, who have provided illuminating essays about their selections, and with more than 500 works from over 300 authors, it is an authoritative survey and a rich world of reading to be enjoyed.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Allen and Unwin have a YouTube channel with a number of useful videos on the Anthology.

    Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009
    pg. 276-278
  • Appears in:
    y While the Billy Boils : The Original Newspaper Versions Henry Lawson , Paul Eggert (editor), Sydney : Sydney University Press , 2013 6155517 2013 selected work short story (taught in 3 units)

    'Fifty-two of Henry Lawson's stories and sketches that he had first published in newspapers and magazines from 1888 onwards were gathered in his collection While the Billy Boils (Angus & Robertson, 1896). Lawson was not responsible for their ordering and he had to give ground on their texts, especially on his idiosyncratic presentation of wordings that helped to breathe life into his characters and situations. The present edition dismantles the fait accompli of 1896 by presenting the individual items in the chronological order of their first publication and with their original newspaper texts. This will allow a new appreciation of Lawson's writing, one that is attentive to his developing powers.

    'The edition also facilitates a close study of Lawson's collaboration with the producers of the collection in 1896, in particular with his copy-editor Arthur W. Jose and publisher George Robertson. Facsimile images (available online) of the printer's copy that they prepared for While the Billy Boils supplement the edition's listing of the alterations that each of them made, revealing the textual history of each story or sketch.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Sydney : Sydney University Press , 2013
    pg. 90-95

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.
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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