Issue Details: First known date: 1974... 1974 An Australian Selection : Short Stories By Lawson, Palmer, Porter, White and Cowan
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* Contents derived from the Sydney,: Angus and Robertson , 1974 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Bush Undertaker, Henry Lawson , 1892 single work short story
An old shepherd discovers his mate, Brummy, dead and mummified in the bush. Saddened, he feels compelled to bury him.
(p. 1-8)
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. 9-16)
The Loaded Dog, Henry Lawson , 1899 single work short story humour
Dave and Andy create a bomb to blast fish out of the waterhole. However their dog picks the bomb up and begins a deadly, yet hilarious, game of 'fetch'.
(p. 17-23)
Telling Mrs Baker, Henry Lawson , 1902 single work short story
Two drovers, Andy and Jack, watch their boss drink himself to death. They lie to his wife about the cause of his death to spare her unnecessary pain.
(p. 24-37)
Brighten's Sister-in-Law, Henry Lawson , 1900 single work short story (p. 38-59)
Untitled, John Barnes , 1974 single work biography
A short biographical account.
(p. 63)
Home, Vance Palmer , 1934 single work short story (p. 65-84)
What is Love?, Vance Palmer , 1974 single work short story (p. 85-99)
The Foal, Vance Palmer , 1946 single work short story (p. 100-106)
Josie, Vance Palmer , 1941 single work short story (p. 107-110)
Mathieson's Wife, Vance Palmer , 1949 single work short story (p. 111-127)
Everleigh's Accent, Hal Porter , 1956 single work short story (p. 133-141)
Country Town, Hal Porter , 1959 single work short story (p. 142-157)
First Love, Hal Porter , 1962 single work short story (p. 158-169)
They're Funny People, Hal Porter , 1970 single work short story (p. 170-187)
A Glass of Tea, Patrick White , 1964 single work short story (p. 193-214)
Dead Roses, Patrick White , 1964 single work short story (p. 215-275)
The Red-Backed Spiders, Peter Cowan , 1952 single work short story (p. 281-288)
The Island, Peter Cowan , 1962 single work short story (p. 289-312)
The Tractor, Peter Cowan , 1964 single work short story (p. 313-327)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Notes:
Substantial introduction with notes on each author.

Works about this Work

G. B. S. With Chutney Shirley Despoja , 1974 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 15 June 1974; (p. 20)

— Review of An Australian Selection : Short Stories By Lawson, Palmer, Porter, White and Cowan 1974 anthology short story
Collections of Old Favourites A. R. Chisholm , 1974 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 15 June 1974; (p. 13)

— Review of An Australian Selection : Short Stories By Lawson, Palmer, Porter, White and Cowan 1974 anthology short story
Australian Folk Heroes Judah Waten , 1974 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11 May 1974; (p. 15)

— Review of An Australian Selection : Short Stories By Lawson, Palmer, Porter, White and Cowan 1974 anthology short story
Collections of Old Favourites A. R. Chisholm , 1974 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 15 June 1974; (p. 13)

— Review of An Australian Selection : Short Stories By Lawson, Palmer, Porter, White and Cowan 1974 anthology short story
G. B. S. With Chutney Shirley Despoja , 1974 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 15 June 1974; (p. 20)

— Review of An Australian Selection : Short Stories By Lawson, Palmer, Porter, White and Cowan 1974 anthology short story
Australian Folk Heroes Judah Waten , 1974 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11 May 1974; (p. 15)

— Review of An Australian Selection : Short Stories By Lawson, Palmer, Porter, White and Cowan 1974 anthology short story
Last amended 17 Oct 2005 14:17:25
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