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Alternative title: 'Rats'
  • Author:agent Henry Lawson http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/lawson-henry
Issue Details: First known date: 1893... 1893 Rats
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Three travelling shearers encounter a swagman, 'Rats', having a fight with his swag.

Adaptations

form y separately published work icon Swampy and Brummy Cliff Green , Australia : ABC Television , 1980 7140470 1980 single work film/TV
— Appears in: Lawson's Mates 1980; (p. 154-195)

'Swampy was born a layabout and takes great pride in it, on the other hand Brummy drifted into loaferdom and is consumed by the memories of long years wasted in honest work. After years of relying on each other they go their separate ways but a strange quirk of fate brings the two together again.'

Source:

[Television guide], The Canberra Times, 15 February 1980, p.18.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Bulletin vol. 13 no. 694 3 June 1893 Z611768 1893 periodical issue 1893 pg. 20
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    y separately published work icon Short Stories in Prose and Verse Henry Lawson , Sydney : Louisa Lawson , 1894 Z1214348 1894 selected work poetry prose short story (taught in 2 units) Sydney : Louisa Lawson , 1894 pg. 1-5
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    y separately published work icon While the Billy Boils Henry Lawson , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1896 Z822461 1896 selected work short story Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1896 pg. 222-225
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    y separately published work icon The Romance of the Swag Henry Lawson , Sydney : Australian Limited Editions Society , 1939 Z1313926 1939 selected work short story prose Sydney : Australian Limited Editions Society , 1939 pg. 45-50
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    y separately published work icon The Bush Undertaker and Other Stories Henry Lawson , Colin Roderick (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1970 Z386989 1970 selected work short story humour Includes a detailed bibliographic commentary on each story with particular attention to revisions. Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1970 pg. 29-31
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    y separately published work icon While the Billy Boils : 87 Stories from the Prose Works of Henry Lawson Henry Lawson , Hawthorn : Lloyd O'Neil , 1970 Z1215630 1970 selected work short story Includes stories from Lawson's main collections - While the Billy Boils, On the Track and Over the Sliprails. Hawthorn : Lloyd O'Neil , 1970 pg. 135 - 137 Section: Second series
    Note: With title: 'Rats'
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    y separately published work icon Henry Lawson's Best Stories Henry Lawson , Cecil Mann , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1966 Z388119 1966 selected work short story London : Angus and Robertson , 1973 pg. 122-124
    Note: With title: 'Rats'
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Bulletin vol. 101 no. 5243 23-30 December 1980 Z594181 1980 periodical issue 1980 pg. 81-82
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    y separately published work icon The Essential Henry Lawson : The Best Works of Australia's Greatest Writer Henry Lawson , Brian Kiernan (editor), South Yarra : Currey O'Neil , 1982 Z368836 1982 selected work poetry short story criticism biography South Yarra : Currey O'Neil , 1982 pg. 113-114
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    y separately published work icon Prose Works of Henry Lawson Collected Short Stories of Henry Lawson Henry Lawson , Sydney : Home Entertainment Library , 1935 Z389778 1935 selected work short story Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1982 pg. 111-113
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    y separately published work icon A Camp-Fire Yarn : Henry Lawson Complete Works 1885-1900 Henry Lawson , Leonard Cronin (editor), Sydney : Lansdowne , 1984 Z378657 1984 selected work poetry short story autobiography prose criticism drama biography Sydney : Lansdowne , 1984 pg. 270-272
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    y separately published work icon Henry Lawson Favourites Henry Lawson , South Yarra : Currey O'Neil , 1984 Z451192 1984 selected work short story humour South Yarra : Currey O'Neil , 1984 pg. 9-11
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    y separately published work icon The Penguin Henry Lawson : Short Stories Henry Lawson , John Barnes (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 1986 Z282880 1986 selected work short story humour (taught in 8 units) Ringwood : Penguin , 1986 pg. 51-53
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    y separately published work icon Henry Lawson's Mates : The Complete Stories of Henry Lawson Henry Lawson , Windsor : Budget Books Lloyd O'Neil , 1979 Z487806 1979 selected work short story autobiography humour Ringwood : Viking O'Neil , 1987 pg. 137-139
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    y separately published work icon The Penguin Book of 19th Century Australian Literature Michael Ackland (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 1993 Z203182 1993 anthology short story poetry extract prose criticism biography humour satire crime Ringwood : Penguin , 1993 pg. 75-77
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    y separately published work icon While the Billy Boils : The Original Newspaper Versions Henry Lawson , Paul Eggert (editor), Sydney : Sydney University Press , 2013 6155517 2013 selected work short story (taught in 3 units)

    '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)

    Sydney : Sydney University Press , 2013
    pg. 124-127
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    y separately published work icon Outback : Australische Kurzgeschichten Shawnee Lawrence (editor), Shawnee Lawrence (translator), Hamburg : Balladine , 2016 10250840 2016 anthology short story Hamburg : Balladine , 2016

Works about this Work

How Dark is My Valley : Canadian and Australian Gothic Gerry Turcotte , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Scarp , May no. 22 1993; (p. 26-32)
Madness in Australian Fiction Laurie Clancy , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Left, Right or Centre? Psychiatry and the Status Quo 1990; (p. 125-135)
Australian Literature and the Question of Historical Method : Reading Lawson and Furphy James Wieland , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , vol. 20 no. 1 1985; (p. 16-35)
Between Living and Dying : The Ground of Lawson's Art Harry Payne Heseltine , 1982 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , July no. 88 1982; (p. 19-26) The Uncertain Self : Essays in Australian Literature and Criticism 1986; (p. 42-55)
Heseltine employs a musical metaphor to show that the integrity of Lawson's great tales of the 1890s "resides in his determination to hold the balance between the spiritual wasteland he perceived in his own and other lives and the tantalising but illusory promise of rebirth he could not help but entertain".
How Dark is My Valley : Canadian and Australian Gothic Gerry Turcotte , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Scarp , May no. 22 1993; (p. 26-32)
Between Living and Dying : The Ground of Lawson's Art Harry Payne Heseltine , 1982 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , July no. 88 1982; (p. 19-26) The Uncertain Self : Essays in Australian Literature and Criticism 1986; (p. 42-55)
Heseltine employs a musical metaphor to show that the integrity of Lawson's great tales of the 1890s "resides in his determination to hold the balance between the spiritual wasteland he perceived in his own and other lives and the tantalising but illusory promise of rebirth he could not help but entertain".
Australian Literature and the Question of Historical Method : Reading Lawson and Furphy James Wieland , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , vol. 20 no. 1 1985; (p. 16-35)
Madness in Australian Fiction Laurie Clancy , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Left, Right or Centre? Psychiatry and the Status Quo 1990; (p. 125-135)
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