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y separately published work icon Bodger and the Boarders selected work   short story   humour  
Issue Details: First known date: 1922... 1922 Bodger and the Boarders
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Notes

  • E. Morris Miller's Australian Literature From Its Beginnings to 1935 (1940): 749-750 comments that this is the first collection of O'Ferrall's short stories under his own name. It observes that : 'O'Ferrall's stories reflect whimsical phases of city life. He rarely wanders into the bush. He finds his subjects in restaurants, boarding houses, hotels, newspaper offices, streets and parks. Romantic episodes are not common. He discovers bizarre situations in which he places beings, both animal and human, that delight us by their effective distortions. They are easily recognizable in their Australian settings, but might be transported to city environments in other parts of the world. O'Ferrall uses no guile, has no surprises, and indulges rarely in sensationalism. Everything that happens is just what one is led to expect. The humour is in the situation. O'Ferrall's approach has the air of casualness. His characters win one's interest, if not one's sympathy. This result is due to his artistry. He knows how to disengage what is human from natural surroundings. As a depictor of episodes and moods O'Ferrall has to be reckoned with in any critical study of the Australian short story.'

Contents

* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,:N.S.W. Bookstall Company , 1922 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Lobster and the Lioness, Kodak , 1911 single work short story humour
Thomson, clutching his lobster, is being escorted home from the pub by the friendly policeman, Murphy, when they encounter an escaped circus lion. Murphy bolts, but Thomson, mistaking the lion for a large dog, is unpeturbed. The lioness follows Thomson back to his boarding house and mayhem ensues.
(p. 5-16)
Louis XIV and the Lodger, Kodak , 1912 single work short story (p. 17-27)
Most Superior People, Kodak , 1912 single work short story (p. 28-42)
The Sympathy Bureau, Kodak , 1914 single work short story

American Elvin G. Barnstutter arrives in Australia full of plans to make his fortune. He installs Laura Jane Sweetbread, a widow living in the same boarding house, in an office with two typists and proceeds to advertise his new business, The Sympathy Bureau. The purpose of the Bureau is to extend the sympathy and influence of Mrs Sweetbread, the 'sweetest and wisest' of women, to those who are alone in the world. The Bureau is a success, but Mrs Sweetbread begins to change.

(p. 42-55)
The Boarders Revolver, Kodak , 1912 single work short story humour (p. 55-64)
The Reincarnated Cabman, Kodak , 1912 single work short story humour (p. 63-74)
A Set of Furs, Kodak , 1913 single work short story (p. 75-83)
Two Rounds, Kodak , 1907 single work short story humour (p. 84-89)
The Mysterious Lodger, Kodak , 1915 single work short story humour (p. 90-99)
Father's Birthday, Kodak , 1913 single work short story (p. 100-108)
Sideshows, Kodak , 1913 single work short story (p. 109-122)
A House of Flames, Kodak , 1913 single work short story (p. 123-136)
The Opium Eaters, Kodak , 1912 single work short story humour
A group of illegal Chinese immigrants escape the police by hiding in a room in a boarding house. The room's occupant, Bodger, returns unexpectedly and sets off an unfortunate chain of events.
(p. 137-151)
Two Pale Lovers, Kodak , 1919 single work short story (p. 152-161)
The Ideal Servant, Ernest O'Ferrall , 1922 single work short story (p. 162-172)
A House of Insults, Kodak , 1909 single work short story (p. 173-182)
The Return of the Boarder, Kodak , 1911 single work short story (p. 183-198)

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Works about this Work

An Outline of Australian Literature : Fifth Period Continued - Chapter XXI H. M. Green , 1930 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: An Outline of Australian Literature 1930; (p. 256-262)
Bodger and the Boarders 1921 single work review
— Appears in: Northern Territory Times and Gazette , 16 June 1921; (p. 4)

— Review of Bodger and the Boarders Ernest O'Ferrall , 1922 selected work short story
With the author acclaimed as 'pre-eminent among Australian writers of humor', the selection of humorous stories receives praise for its 'laugh or two on every page'.
The Bookstall Series 1921 single work review
— Appears in: The Queenslander , 11 June 1921; (p. 3)

— Review of Bodger and the Boarders Ernest O'Ferrall , 1922 selected work short story ; A Rough Passage Arthur Wright , 1920 single work novel
The Bookstall Series 1921 single work review
— Appears in: The Queenslander , 11 June 1921; (p. 3)

— Review of Bodger and the Boarders Ernest O'Ferrall , 1922 selected work short story ; A Rough Passage Arthur Wright , 1920 single work novel
Bodger and the Boarders 1921 single work review
— Appears in: Northern Territory Times and Gazette , 16 June 1921; (p. 4)

— Review of Bodger and the Boarders Ernest O'Ferrall , 1922 selected work short story
With the author acclaimed as 'pre-eminent among Australian writers of humor', the selection of humorous stories receives praise for its 'laugh or two on every page'.
An Outline of Australian Literature : Fifth Period Continued - Chapter XXI H. M. Green , 1930 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: An Outline of Australian Literature 1930; (p. 256-262)
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