In a Wet Season single work   short story  
Alternative title: 'In a Wet Season' : Along the Line
  • Author: Henry Lawson http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/lawson-henry
Issue Details: First known date: 1893 1893
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Lawson describes a dismal train journey through the flooded outback.

Notes

  • This work was originally published in the Bulletin in 1893 with the title '"In a Wet Season". Along the Line'. The title was shortened to 'In a Wet Season' for inclusion in While the Billy Boils (1896) and this continued in subsequent publications.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: 'In a Wet Season'. Along the Line
  • Appears in:
    y The Bulletin vol. 13 no. 720 2 December 1893 Z658068 1893 periodical issue 1893 pg. 20
    Note: With title: "In a Wet Season". Along the Line
  • 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. 202-209
  • 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. 216-221
  • 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. 132 - 135 Section: Second 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. 11-14
  • 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. 22-25
  • 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. 121-123
  • 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. 109-111
  • 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. 300-302
  • 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. 94-96
  • 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. 133-136
  • Appears in:
    y The Penguin Book of Australian Bush Writing John Ross (editor), Camberwell : Viking , 2011 Z1834253 2011 anthology poetry short story autobiography prose extract non-fiction

    'A selection of our finest writing about the mystery and majesty of the Australian bush.

    'Since settlers and explorers first started recording their experiences of the Australian bush, is has loomed as large in our imaginations as in our landscapes. Sometimes dark and forbidding, sometimes lush and beautiful, this terrain and the people who venture into it fascinate us and draw us in. The exploration of our forests and outback is the source of some of our favourite stories.

    'In The Penguin Book of Australian Bush Writing, prolific writer and editor John Ross has collected tales about the bush from all over our wide land. Richard Flanagan pays homage to the "golden wood" industry of Huon pine in Tasmania, Henry Lawson journeys by train from Sydney to Bourke, A.B. Facey works the land on Western Australian frontier, and Miles Franklin describes the menace of the fauna in the countryside of her childhood.' (From the publisher's website.)

    Camberwell : Viking , 2011
    pg. 92-96

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.
Last amended 25 Jul 2013 10:06:56
Subjects:
  • Australian Outback, Central Australia,
Settings:
  • Far West NSW, New South Wales,
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