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Issue Details: First known date: 1973... 1973 The Old Bulletin Reader : The Best Stories from The Bulletin 1881-1901
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Comprises most of the stories originally published in 1901 in The Bulletin Story Book. edited by A.G. Stephens, together with his original preface and introduction but not including the biographical index.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Melbourne, Victoria,:Lansdowne , 1973 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Bulletin Story Book : A Selection of Stories of Literary Sketches from "The Bulletin" [1881-1901] : Introduction, Alfred George Stephens , single work criticism (p. viii-xi)
The Row in Our Boarding-House, Titus Salt , single work short story humour (p. 15-22)
Some of Fate's Puppets, John Reay Watson , single work short story (p. 23-35)
On the Land, Henry Fletcher , single work short story (p. 36-39)
The Parson's Blackboy How the Reverend Joseph Simmondsen Lost His Character, Jack Fruit , single work short story humour (p. 40-44)
Bill's Yarn - And Jim's, A. Chee , single work short story humour (p. 45-49)
A Bush Tanqueray, Albert Dorrington , single work short story (p. 50-57)
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. 58-66)
Consolation, G. J. V. Mackay , single work short story (p. 67-68)
Her Coup-de-theatre, Fayre , single work short story (p. 68-71)
Two Verdicts, Graham Kent , single work short story (p. 72-73)
A Woman and a Fly, Nellie Bruton , single work short story (p. 74-75)
After Many Years, Victor Zeal , single work short story (p. 75-77)
He Had Not Hurt Her, C. W. , single work short story (p. 77-79)
Nell's Letter, W. B. Young , single work short story (p. 80-85)
Jessop's Coat, Paul Mell , single work short story (p. 86-91)
The Funerals of Malachi Mooney, Edward Dyson , single work short story humour (p. 92-99)
Judas : A Strike Incident, E. F. Squires , single work short story (p. 100-103)
He Let His Heart Go, Omicron , single work short story (p. 104-106)
The Square Ring : An Idyll of Little Bourke-Street, Bondingie , single work short story (p. 107-110)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Introduction Cheryl M. Taylor , 1997 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Tales of the Austral Tropics 1997; (p. xiii-liv)
Untitled Ian Moffitt , 1973 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 13 October 1973; (p. 6)

— Review of The Old Bulletin Reader : The Best Stories from The Bulletin 1881-1901 1973 anthology short story
Untitled M. Lurie , 1973 single work review
— Appears in: Nation Review , 28 September-4 October 1973; (p. 1589)

— Review of The Old Bulletin Reader : The Best Stories from The Bulletin 1881-1901 1973 anthology short story ; Australian New Writing 1973 anthology short story
Untitled George Farwell , 1973 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 27 October 1973; (p. 20)

— Review of The Old Bulletin Reader : The Best Stories from The Bulletin 1881-1901 1973 anthology short story
New Books Junius , 1901 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Town and Country Journal , 21 December vol. 63 no. 1663 1901; (p. 46)

— Review of The Old Bulletin Reader : The Best Stories from The Bulletin 1881-1901 1973 anthology short story ; By Rock and Pool, On an Austral Shore, and Other Stories Louis Becke , 1901 selected work short story
New Books Junius , 1901 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Town and Country Journal , 21 December vol. 63 no. 1663 1901; (p. 46)

— Review of The Old Bulletin Reader : The Best Stories from The Bulletin 1881-1901 1973 anthology short story ; By Rock and Pool, On an Austral Shore, and Other Stories Louis Becke , 1901 selected work short story
Untitled George Farwell , 1973 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 27 October 1973; (p. 20)

— Review of The Old Bulletin Reader : The Best Stories from The Bulletin 1881-1901 1973 anthology short story
Untitled M. Lurie , 1973 single work review
— Appears in: Nation Review , 28 September-4 October 1973; (p. 1589)

— Review of The Old Bulletin Reader : The Best Stories from The Bulletin 1881-1901 1973 anthology short story ; Australian New Writing 1973 anthology short story
Untitled Ian Moffitt , 1973 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 13 October 1973; (p. 6)

— Review of The Old Bulletin Reader : The Best Stories from The Bulletin 1881-1901 1973 anthology short story
Introduction Cheryl M. Taylor , 1997 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Tales of the Austral Tropics 1997; (p. xiii-liv)
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