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The Penguin Henry Lawson: Short Stories

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Henry Lawson is too often regarded as a legend rather than a writer to be enjoyed.

In this selection John Barnes reveals Lawson not only as a writer who has delighted past generations.

His short stories, some humourous, some wry, some moving are, above all, enjoyable.

Stories include

The Drover's Wife
The Bush Undertaker
In a Dry Season
The Union Buries its Dead
Paperback, 229 pages
Published 1987 by Penguin Books Australia (first published 1986)
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Dougal Bain
Jul 12, 2012 Dougal Bain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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We had to read these stories at school and back then I just didn't get get it. At forty I decided to have another go...Wow what a revelation. Lawson writes with humour and pathos and the stories do not seem dated.
As Australians we often look for things that define our culture and we try to capture elements that demonstrate it.
These stories are one of the cornerstones of our culture, at least in an artistic sense.
If you are an Australian read these stories to make you proud of our culture. If y
Benjamin Stahl
I confess to approaching this book somewhat obligatorily. I would be the first - so to speak- to profess my love for Australia. Though it's an unsavoury label in our unfortunate political landscape, I identify as a nationalist and never allow myself to feel disinterest towards any great work that comes from my country. That being said, I imagined I might get through this volume of short stories with little more than polite indifference.

I was totally wrong and blown away. Henry Lawson's work is
May 02, 2012 Alex rated it it was ok
Rather monotonous, wouldn't you say?
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Nov 13, 2013 Daniel Lomax rated it liked it
Lawson's pieces are generally divided into two styles. His "sketches" are shorter pieces, light on plot but primarily concerned with conveying the feel of Australia, while his stories are longer and more narrative-driven. Critics generally seem to agree that the short sketches are his strong point (and that his early literary demise was a consequence of his misguided attempts to write a novel instead of sticking to what he does best) but the opposite seemed true to me. The early and middle secti ...more
Apr 05, 2016 Dominique rated it did not like it
Had to read it for school. I didn't enjoy Lawson's style of writing and I felt like his stories all had the same themes. Did not enjoy it at school. Sorry Lawson.
Brooke Roberts
Apr 07, 2016 Brooke Roberts rated it it was ok
Had to read it for english, not too bad for a school book. Very descriptive and great stuff for analyzing. Not something I would go out of my way to read though
Mar 29, 2014 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
He is my absolute favourite poet - depicts such a classic Australia bush poetry scene - have grown up with Lawson and he is incredible <3
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Henry Lawson was an Australian writer and poet. Along with his contemporary Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period and is often called Australia's "greatest writer".[1] He was the son of the poet, publisher and feminist Louisa Lawson.
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