On the Edge of a Plain single work   short story  
Alternative title: 'On the Edge of the Plain'
  • Author: Henry Lawson http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/lawson-henry
Issue Details: First known date: 1893 1893
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A swagman arrives home to discover the family in mourning for him, after having been told he is dead.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y The Bulletin vol. 13 no. 690 6 May 1893 Z649960 1893 periodical issue 1893 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. 98-100
  • Appears in:
    y The Bulletin vol. 53 no. 2728 25 May 1932 Z617458 1932 periodical issue 1932 pg. 38
  • 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. 59 - 60 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. 35-36
  • 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. 110
  • 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. 48-49
  • 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. 294-295
  • 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. 61-62
  • 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. 59-60
  • 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. 212-213
  • 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. 109-111

Works about this Work

A Lawson for Our Times Brian Matthews , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 311 2009; (p. 11-14)
Brian Matthews discusses some of the stories in The Penguin Henry Lawson: Short Stories. Matthews comments, too, on John Kinsella's introduction to the 2009 edition and on John Barnes's introduction to the original 1986 edition.
The Originality of "While the Billy Boils" John Barnes , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Henry Lawson's Short Stories 1985; (p. 12-25)
A Lawson for Our Times Brian Matthews , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 311 2009; (p. 11-14)
Brian Matthews discusses some of the stories in The Penguin Henry Lawson: Short Stories. Matthews comments, too, on John Kinsella's introduction to the 2009 edition and on John Barnes's introduction to the original 1986 edition.
The Originality of "While the Billy Boils" John Barnes , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Henry Lawson's Short Stories 1985; (p. 12-25)
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