Portable Henry Lawson by Brian Kiernan (ed.)
This is the first selection of Henry Lawson's work which draws on all his varied writing- stories and sketches, verse, journalism, autobiography, and letters. Arranged chronologically, the book follows Lawson's development from his earliest published work through to the famous stories which have established him as the finest and most original writer in the Australian bush yarn tradition.
The selection includes comic tales like "The Loaded Dog", "Stiffner and Jim", and "The Iron-Bark Chip", as well as the moving Joe Wilson sequence and the memorable "Drover's Wife". Outspoken articles, personal letters, radical and often fervently patriotic verse, and the invaluable "Fragment of Autobiography" round out this complete profile of Lawson the writer.
In his valuable introduction, Brian Kiernan relates the work to the man, and to Australian society and writing. Lawson's "representativeness" and his "realism" - terms frequently encountered in Lawson criticism - are examined in the light of this wide-ranging selection.
The new Portable Australian Authors series provides carefully selected volumes introducing major Australian writers and movements. Single writer volumes include the basis of an author's best known work, as well as examples of his writing in other literary forms. In addition essays, criticism, statements, letters, and journalism - material usually scattered or unavailable - are included where appropriate. For the first time the reader has access to a book containing the full range of an Australian writer's achievement. Other volumes cover significant movements or periods in Australian literature.
Brian Kiernan, senior lecturer in English at the University of Sydney, is a respected critic and literary journalist with a pronounced interest in the social and cultural implications of literature.
Paperback | 424 pages
120 x 180 x 25mm | 1g
01 Jun 1976
University of Queensland Press
St Lucia, Australia
A secondhand book that has been read but is in good condition. Minor damage to the cover, including minor scuff marks and obvious creasing, but no holes or tears. There is also a small blotch of discolouring on the inside of the front cover. Binding has minimal wear. The majority of pages are undamaged, with minimal creasing but no tearing. There is a blotch of discolouring on the bottom-right corner of the first 10 pages of the book. No pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. No missing pages. An old and aged but clean and solid copy.