Brummy Usen single work   short story  
  • Author: Henry Lawson http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/lawson-henry
Issue Details: First known date: 1893 1893
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A swagman tells stories of people who have been lost in the bush; some thought dead when they were alive, and some believed alive when they were dead.

Adaptations

form y Swampy and Brummy Cliff Green , Australia : ABC Television , 1980 7140470 1980 single work film/TV

'Swampy was born a layabout and takes great pride in it, on the other hand Brummy drifted into loaferdom and is consumed by the memories of long years wasted in honest work. After years of relying on each other they go their separate ways but a strange quirk of fate brings the two together again.'

Source:

[Television guide], The Canberra Times, 15 February 1980, p.18.

Notes

  • This work is thought to have been first published in the Worker [Sydney] on 11 November, 1893. However, as there are currently no Australian library holdings of this issue of the Worker, this remains to be confirmed. To date, details of the first publication have been tentatively established via a clipping of the work which appears in the Henry Lawson Scrap Books, (ML A1890-A1892). For further information see Paul Eggert, (ed.), While the Billy Boils : The Original Newspaper Versions (2013), pg. 195.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y The Worker 11 November 1893 6172545 1893 newspaper issue 1893
  • 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. 290-295
  • Appears in:
    y The Herald no. 17843 24 July 1934 Z1169009 1934 newspaper issue 1934 pg. 19
  • 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. 101 - 104 Section: First 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. 86-88
  • Appears in:
    y Bill Wannan Selects Stories of Australia's Old West Bill Wannan (editor), South Melbourne : Macmillan , 1979 Z123415 1979 anthology short story Stories of Australia's Old West South Melbourne : Macmillan , 1979 pg. 78-82
  • 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. 83-85
  • 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. 272-274
  • 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. 102-105
  • 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. 190-195

Works about this Work

Swampy and Brummy Cliff Green , 1980 single work screenplay
— Appears in: Lawson's Mates 1980; (p. 154-195)
Swampy and Brummy Cliff Green , 1980 single work screenplay
— Appears in: Lawson's Mates 1980; (p. 154-195)
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