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  • Author:agent Henry Lawson
Issue Details: First known date: 1981... 1981 Short Stories
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* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,:Beagle Press , 1981 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
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. 7-8,11)
The Drover's Wife, Henry Lawson , 1892 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. 12-16, 19-21)
In a Wet Season, Henry Lawson , 1893 single work short story
Lawson describes a dismal train journey through the flooded outback.
(p. 22-25)
A Rough Shed, Henry Lawson , 1899 single work short story
A rouseabout describes the routines and privations of his life in outback shearing sheds.
(p. 26-28, 31-33)
Going Blind, Henry Lawson , 1895 single work short story
Tells the story of a bushman who is losing his sight and his attempts to remain optimistic.
(p. 34-36, 39-40)
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. 41-42, 45-47)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Beagle Press , 1981 .
      Extent: 47p.
      Limited edition info: Limited edition of 100 copies.
      Description: illus.
      • Original etchings by Russell Drysdale.
      • Devised and edited by Lou Klepac and designed by Neil Sellick.
      ISBN: 0959420908
Last amended 24 Jan 2007 13:53:54
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