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Issue Details: First known date: 1996... 1996 The Arnold Anthology of Post-Colonial Literatures in English
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* Contents derived from the London,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Arnold , 1996 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
A Mid-Summer Noon in the Australian Foresti"Not a bird disturbs the air,", Charles Harpur , single work poetry (p. 150-151)
Poems of the Late Adam Lindsay Gordon : Preface, Marcus Clarke , single work criticism (p. 151-154)
The Sick Stock-Rider The Sick Stockrideri"Hold hard, Ned! lift me down once more, and lay me in the shade,", Adam Lindsay Gordon , single work poetry (p. 154-157)
The Last of His Tribei"He crouches, and buries his face on his knees,", Henry Kendall , single work poetry (p. 157-158)
The Man from Snowy Riveri"There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around", A. B. Paterson , single work poetry (p. 158-162)
The Drover's Wife, Henry Lawson , single work short story

First appearing in The Bulletin in 1892, Henry Lawson's short story 'The Drovers Wife' is today regarded as a seminal work in the Australian literary tradition. Noted for it's depiction of the bush as harsh, potentially threatening and both isolated and isolating, the story opens with a simple enough premise: an aggressive--and presumably deadly--snake disrupts the working life of a bushwoman and her young children. Brave but cautious, the woman resolves to protect her children since her husband is, characteristically, away from home and of no help. 

As time passes within the story, tension builds, and the snake's symbolic threat takes on layers of meaning as the sleepless heroine recalls previous challenges she faced while her husband was away. A series of flashbacks and recollections propel the story through the single night over which it takes place, and by the time the climax arrives--the confrontation with the snake--readers have learned much about the heroine's strengths and fears, most of the latter involving the loss of children and dark figures who encroach upon her small, vulnerable homestead. To be sure, this "darkness" is highly symbolic, and Lawson's use of imagery invokes Western notions of good and evil as well as gendered and racial stereotypes. 

(p. 162-168)
Middleton's Rouseabouti"Tall and freckled and sandy,", Henry Lawson , single work poetry satire humour (p. 168-169)
Old Botany Bayi"I'm old", Mary Gilmore , single work poetry (p. 169-170)
Australiai"Last sea-thing dredged by sailor Time from Space,", Bernard O'Dowd , single work poetry (p. 170)
Starting the Selection, 'Steele Rudd' , single work short story (p. 171-173)
The Chosen Vessel, Barbara Baynton , single work short story (p. 173-178)
My Brilliant Career : Introduction, Miles Franklin , single work criticism (p. 179)
Disjointed Sketches and Grumbles (from My Brilliant Career), Miles Franklin , extract novel (p. 180-185)
Proem, Henry Handel Richardson , extract novel historical fiction (p. 185-191)
South Countryi"After the whey-faced anonymity", Kenneth Slessor , single work poetry (p. 192)
The Night-Ridei"Gas flaring on the yellow platform; voices running up and down;", Kenneth Slessor , single work poetry (p. 192-193)
Australiai"A nation of trees, drab green and desolate grey", A. D. Hope , single work poetry (p. 193-194)
Terra Australisi"Voyage within you, on the fabled ocean,", James McAuley , single work poetry (p. 194)
Day of Wrath : The Schoolboy's Tale, Christina Stead , single work short story (p. 195-196)
The Prodigal Son, Patrick White , single work prose (p. 196-199)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
      United Kingdom (UK),
      Western Europe, Europe,
      Arnold ,
      1996 .
      Extent: 936p.
      ISBN: 0340646209 (pbk.), 0340646195
Last amended 20 Mar 2002 15:02:20