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'The sexual tension in 'The Drover's Wife' is stark. 

'The girl-wife

'The drover's wife has found herself in the outback, living in relative isolation in a two-room shack, one room with an earthen floor and one with a slab floor. She has four young children and a husband who is away droving for long stretches of of time - he's been gone for six months without any communication, and at one time had been gone for eighteen months. she is virtually a single mother, or a part-time wife, or maybe a semi-abandoned wife. She is used to the loneliness in her life.

'As a girl-wife she hated it, but now she would feel strange away from it.'

'Maybe life was be better without the drover being home?' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon The Drover's Wife : A Celebration of a Great Australian Love Affair Frank Moorhouse (editor), Sydney : Knopf Australia , 2017 11524652 2017 anthology short story criticism

    'Since Henry Lawson wrote his story The Drover’s Wife in 1892, Australian writers, painters, performers, and photographers have created a wonderful tradition of Drover’s Wife works, stories, and images.

    'The Russell Drysdale painting from 1945 has become an Australian icon.

    'Other versions of the Lawson story have been written by Murray Bail, Frank Moorhouse, Barbara Jefferis, Mandy Sayer, David Ireland and others, up to the present including Ryan O’Neill’s graphic novel.

    'Moorhouse has examined our ongoing fascination with this story, collected some of the best pieces of writing on the subject, adding commentary on each piece, and created a remarkable, gorgeous book.' (Publication Summary)

    Sydney : Knopf Australia , 2017
    pg. 43-51
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