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'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)

Reading Australia

This work has Reading Australia teaching resources.

Unit Suitable For

AC: Year 10 (NSW Stage 5). This unit is designed for AC: Year 10, but can be adapted for the Australian Curriculum: Senior Secondary English Unit 1. Rich assessment tasks have been provided for Unit 1 at the end of this teaching sequence.

Themes

mateship, poverty and injustice, the Australian 'bush', The Australian experience and identity, the ridiculous

General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, Information and communication technology, Literacy

Contents

* Contents derived from the Sydney,: Sydney University Press , 2013 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
His Father's Mate, Henry Lawson , 1888 single work short story
Tom Mason has lived a life full of misfortune and has lost all the people he loved. All he has left is his eleven-year-old son, to whom he is devoted.
(p. 3-26)
The Story of Malachi, Henry Lawson , 1889 single work short story humour
Malachi is the butt of endless practical jokes, which he endures patiently. But when the squatter's daughter is threatened by a maddened cow he shows true heroism.
(p. 27-33)
Bogg of Geebung, Henry Lawson , 1896 single work short story
Bogg, who spends most of his time intoxicated or fossicking in old mullock heaps, is much disliked by the editor of the Geebung Times for having once corrected the editor's copy. When Bogg is found drowned in the river the paper is quick to dismiss him, but others in the community have had glimpses of him which suggest another life.
(p. 34-38)
A Visit of Condolence, Henry Lawson , 1892 single work short story
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.
(p. 39-45)
A Day on a Selection, Henry Lawson , 1892 single work short story
Describes a typical day on a selection in western N. S. W.
(p. 46-54)
Arvie Aspinall's Alarm Clock, Henry Lawson , 1892 single work short story
A policeman finds a small boy sleeping on the steps outside his workplace. The boy explains he is sleeping there because he is afraid he will sleep in and be late for work.
(p. 55-60)
The Drover's Wife, Henry Lawson , 1892 single work short story Die Frau des Viehtreibers (p. 61-73)
The Bush Undertaker, Henry Lawson , 1892 single work short story
An old shepherd discovers his mate, Brummy, dead and mummified in the bush. Saddened, he feels compelled to bury him.
'A Christmas in the Far West, or, the Bush Undertaker'
(p. 74-89)
In a Dry Season, Henry Lawson , 1892 single work short story
Lawson describes the scenes observed as a train traveller to western N.S.W.
(p. 90-95)
Mitchell : A Character Sketch, Henry Lawson , 1893 single work short story humour
Mitchell does some clever talking to replenish his supplies.
(p. 96-99)
The Union Buries Its Dead, Henry Lawson , 1893 single work short story humour
Describes a bush funeral.
The Union Buries Its Dead : A Bushman's Funeral. A Sketch from Life
(p. 100-108)
On the Edge of a Plain, Henry Lawson , 1893 single work short story
A swagman arrives home to discover the family in mourning for him, after having been told he is dead.
(p. 109-111)
Mitchell Doesn't Believe in the Sack, Henry Lawson , 1893 single work short story humour
Mitchell explains to his mate how to refuse to be sacked.
(p. 112-114)
Stragglers, Henry Lawson , 1893 single work short story
Description of a group of swagmen and travellers camped in the shearers' shed of a remote sheep station on New Year's Eve.
(p. 115-123)
Rats, Henry Lawson , 1893 single work short story humour
Three travelling shearers encounter a swagman, 'Rats', having a fight with his swag.
(p. 124-127)
The Shearing of the Cook's Dog, Henry Lawson , 1893 single work short story
A cook is indignant when shearers shear his poodle dog. However the reason for his indignation is not based in compassion for his dog.
(p. 129-134)
An Old Mate of Your Father's, Henry Lawson , 1893 single work short story
The narrator remembers how his father would be visited by old mates and how they sit together talking about their days on the Ballarat and Bendigo goldfields.
(p. 135-142)
Another of Mitchell's Plans for the Future, Henry Lawson , 1893 single work short story
Mitchell reveals his plan for obtaining a wife and a farm.
(p. 143-146)
Some Day, Henry Lawson , 1893 single work short story
Mitchell tells of a girl he once loved.
Some Day : A Swagman's Love Story
(p. 147-150)
A Camp-Fire Yarn, Henry Lawson , 1893 single work short story humour (p. 151-156)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Biography of a Book : Henry Lawson's While the Billy Boils; While the Billy Boils : The Original Newspaper Versions David Finkelstein , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: English Studies , vol. 96 no. 6 2015; (p. 727-729)

— Review of Biography of a Book : Henry Lawson's While the Billy Boils Paul Eggert 2013 single work criticism ; While the Billy Boils : The Original Newspaper Versions Henry Lawson 2013 selected work short story
Untitled Annalisa Pes , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia , vol. 5 no. 1 2014;

— Review of Biography of a Book : Henry Lawson's While the Billy Boils Paul Eggert 2013 single work criticism ; While the Billy Boils : The Original Newspaper Versions Henry Lawson 2013 selected work short story

This new scholarly edition by Professor Paul Eggert of Henry Lawson’s most famous collection of short stories While the Billy Boils, originally published by Angus and Robertson in 1896, is supplemented by a monographic companion study, Biography of a Book, in which Eggert investigates the phases of production, distribution and reception of the book and meticulously traces the editorial and critical fortunes of the stories and sketches included in the collection, from their earliest single appearance in local colonial newspapers and magazines since the late 1880s, to the several 20th-century editions and selections, until the latest commercial printings in the first decade of the present century. [From the journal's webpage]

Travelling in Lawson's Tracks : A Review-Essay John Barnes , 2014 single work review essay
— Appears in: Coolabah , no. 13 2014; (p. 244-254)

— Review of Biography of a Book : Henry Lawson's While the Billy Boils Paul Eggert 2013 single work criticism ; While the Billy Boils : The Original Newspaper Versions Henry Lawson 2013 selected work short story
Henry the Dogged : An Indubitable Classic of Australian Literature Paul Brunton , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 354 2013; (p. 24-25)

— Review of Biography of a Book : Henry Lawson's While the Billy Boils Paul Eggert 2013 single work criticism ; While the Billy Boils : The Original Newspaper Versions Henry Lawson 2013 selected work short story
The Sublime and the Ridiculous Craig Munro , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20-21 July 2013; (p. 28-29) The Age , 20 July 2013; (p. 22) The Canberra Times , 20 July 2013; (p. 22)

— Review of While the Billy Boils : The Original Newspaper Versions Henry Lawson 2013 selected work short story ; Biography of a Book : Henry Lawson's While the Billy Boils Paul Eggert 2013 single work criticism
The Sublime and the Ridiculous Craig Munro , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20-21 July 2013; (p. 28-29) The Age , 20 July 2013; (p. 22) The Canberra Times , 20 July 2013; (p. 22)

— Review of While the Billy Boils : The Original Newspaper Versions Henry Lawson 2013 selected work short story ; Biography of a Book : Henry Lawson's While the Billy Boils Paul Eggert 2013 single work criticism
Henry the Dogged : An Indubitable Classic of Australian Literature Paul Brunton , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 354 2013; (p. 24-25)

— Review of Biography of a Book : Henry Lawson's While the Billy Boils Paul Eggert 2013 single work criticism ; While the Billy Boils : The Original Newspaper Versions Henry Lawson 2013 selected work short story
Biography of a Book : Henry Lawson's While the Billy Boils; While the Billy Boils : The Original Newspaper Versions David Finkelstein , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: English Studies , vol. 96 no. 6 2015; (p. 727-729)

— Review of Biography of a Book : Henry Lawson's While the Billy Boils Paul Eggert 2013 single work criticism ; While the Billy Boils : The Original Newspaper Versions Henry Lawson 2013 selected work short story
Untitled Annalisa Pes , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia , vol. 5 no. 1 2014;

— Review of Biography of a Book : Henry Lawson's While the Billy Boils Paul Eggert 2013 single work criticism ; While the Billy Boils : The Original Newspaper Versions Henry Lawson 2013 selected work short story

This new scholarly edition by Professor Paul Eggert of Henry Lawson’s most famous collection of short stories While the Billy Boils, originally published by Angus and Robertson in 1896, is supplemented by a monographic companion study, Biography of a Book, in which Eggert investigates the phases of production, distribution and reception of the book and meticulously traces the editorial and critical fortunes of the stories and sketches included in the collection, from their earliest single appearance in local colonial newspapers and magazines since the late 1880s, to the several 20th-century editions and selections, until the latest commercial printings in the first decade of the present century. [From the journal's webpage]

Travelling in Lawson's Tracks : A Review-Essay John Barnes , 2014 single work review essay
— Appears in: Coolabah , no. 13 2014; (p. 244-254)

— Review of Biography of a Book : Henry Lawson's While the Billy Boils Paul Eggert 2013 single work criticism ; While the Billy Boils : The Original Newspaper Versions Henry Lawson 2013 selected work short story
[Essay] : While the Billy Boils Peter Craven , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: Reading Australia 2013;

'Henry Lawson is the great goanna lurking in the dark and sometimes drab bush of Australian literature. He is the man with the moustache who made his way onto the ten dollar note and he was also the first Australian writer to be given a state funeral. It was Lawson who conducted the debate with Banjo Paterson and he has always been seen as the opposite number and complement of the author of “The Man from Snowy River” and “Clancy of the Overflow”. It’s not as simple as the fact that Paterson wrote verse of remarkable buoyancy that lodged itself in the national memory and Lawson wrote prose. Nor that they debated about the bush. Lawson also wrote verse – some of it memorable enough in its way – but that their visions epitomised the opposite poles of a comprehensive vision of Australia (or at any rate a mythology) which The Bulletin in its early vastly influential days was doing its best to articulate, in the 1890s, in that period of nationalistic self-scrutiny and self-dramatisation that would have its culmination politically in Federation and the creation of the Australian nation.' (Introduction)

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