A Visit of Condolence single work   short story  
Alternative title: A Visit of Condolence : A Study from Life of a Sydney 'Larrikin'
  • Author: Henry Lawson http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/lawson-henry
Issue Details: First known date: 1892 1892
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Bill Anderson, a rough-spoken larrikin, visits Jones's Alley to tell eleven-year-old Arvie Aspinall that he will lose his job if he doesn't turn up at work at Grinder Brothers. When he learns Arvie died the night before he shows another side to his character.

Notes

  • This work was originally published in the Bulletin in 1893 with the title 'A Visit of Condolence : A Study from Life of a Sydney "Larrikin" '. The title was shortened to 'A Visit of Condolence' for inclusion in While the Billy Boils (1896).

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y The Bulletin vol. 12 no. 636 23 April 1892 Z635998 1892 periodical issue 1892 pg. 24
    Note: With title : A Visit of Condolence : A Study from Life of a Sydney "Larrikin"
  • 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. 209-215
  • Appears in:
    y Twenty Great Australian Stories Judah Waten (editor), Victor George O'Connor (editor), Melbourne : Dolphin Publications , 1946 Z53392 1946 anthology short story Melbourne : Dolphin Publications , 1946 pg. 103-108
    Note: With title: A Visit of Condolence
  • 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. 128 - 132 Section: Second series
  • Appears in:
    y The World of Henry Lawson Henry Lawson , Walter Stone (editor), Dee Why West : Hamlyn , 1974 Z385949 1974 selected work poetry short story humour satire Dee Why West : Hamlyn , 1974 pg. 54-56
  • 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. 78-80
  • 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. 106-109
  • 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. 197-199
  • 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. 129-133
  • 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. 39-45
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