A Day on a Selection single work   short story  
Alternative title: A Day on a Selection : A Sketch from Observation
  • Author: Henry Lawson http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/lawson-henry
Issue Details: First known date: 1892 1892
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

Describes a typical day on a selection in western N. S. W.

Adaptations

form y Tommy Cliff Green , Australia : ABC Television , 1980 7140416 1980 single work single work film/TV

Notes

  • This work was originally published in the Bulletin in 1893 with the title 'A Day on a Selection : A Sketch from Observation'. The title was shortened to 'A Day on a Selection ' for inclusion in While the Billy Boils (1896) and this continued in subsequent publications.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y The Bulletin vol. 12 no. 641 28 May 1892 Z620120 1892 periodical issue 1892 pg. 21
    Note: With title: 'A Day on a Selection : A Sketch from Observation'
  • 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. 57-65
  • Appears in:
    y The New Countries : A Collection of Stories and Poems by South African, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand Writers Hector Bolitho (editor), London : Jonathan Cape , 1929 Z1266768 1929 anthology poetry prose London : Jonathan Cape , 1929 pg. 101-110
  • 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. 36 - 41 Section: First series
  • 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. 81-84
  • 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. 29-33
  • 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. 224-226
  • 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. 36-41
  • 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. 46-54

Works about this Work

Henry Lawson's Socialist Vision Michael Wilding , 1997 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Studies in Classic Australian Fiction 1997; (p. 32-75) The AustLit Anthology of Criticism 2010; (p. 30)
Wilding challenges the critical consensus that dismisses Lawson's political writing. Wilding demonstrates that when these stories are analysed in historical and intellectual contexts a "rich specificity of social observation and political thought" is revealed.
Henry Lawson's Short Stories Michael Wilding , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Radical Tradition : Lawson, Furphy, Stead 1993; (p. 1-29)
The Nervous Nineties John Docker , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Independent Monthly , December-January vol. 2 no. 6 1990-1991; (p. 36-37)
Between Living and Dying : The Ground of Lawson's Art Harry Payne Heseltine , 1982 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , July no. 88 1982; (p. 19-26) The Uncertain Self : Essays in Australian Literature and Criticism 1986; (p. 42-55)
Heseltine employs a musical metaphor to show that the integrity of Lawson's great tales of the 1890s "resides in his determination to hold the balance between the spiritual wasteland he perceived in his own and other lives and the tantalising but illusory promise of rebirth he could not help but entertain".
Tommy Cliff Green , 1980 single work screenplay
— Appears in: Lawson's Mates 1980; (p. 196-247)
Henry Lawson's Short Stories Michael Wilding , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Radical Tradition : Lawson, Furphy, Stead 1993; (p. 1-29)
The Nervous Nineties John Docker , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Independent Monthly , December-January vol. 2 no. 6 1990-1991; (p. 36-37)
Tommy Cliff Green , 1980 single work screenplay
— Appears in: Lawson's Mates 1980; (p. 196-247)
Henry Lawson's Socialist Vision Michael Wilding , 1997 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Studies in Classic Australian Fiction 1997; (p. 32-75) The AustLit Anthology of Criticism 2010; (p. 30)
Wilding challenges the critical consensus that dismisses Lawson's political writing. Wilding demonstrates that when these stories are analysed in historical and intellectual contexts a "rich specificity of social observation and political thought" is revealed.
Between Living and Dying : The Ground of Lawson's Art Harry Payne Heseltine , 1982 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , July no. 88 1982; (p. 19-26) The Uncertain Self : Essays in Australian Literature and Criticism 1986; (p. 42-55)
Heseltine employs a musical metaphor to show that the integrity of Lawson's great tales of the 1890s "resides in his determination to hold the balance between the spiritual wasteland he perceived in his own and other lives and the tantalising but illusory promise of rebirth he could not help but entertain".
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