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Lawson, Henry Archibald


Born June 17, 1867, at the Grenfell Gold Mines; died Sept. 2, 1922, in Sydney. Australian writer.

Lawson worked as a house painter, a clerk, and a teacher in a Maori school in New Zealand. In his very first poems and stories Lawson exposed capitalism. His work reached its apogee when he published the poetry collection In the Days When the World Was Wide (1896); the short-story collections While the Billy Boils (1896), On the Track and Over the Sliprails (1900), and Joe Wilson and His Mates (1901); and the collection of verses and stories Children of the Bush (1902). His poetry was also collected in The Skyline Riders (1910), his poems and stories in The Rising of the Court (1910), and his stories in Triangles of Life (1913).

Lawson’s work, inspired by socialist ideas, describes the harsh life of the common people and contains some national and patriotic strains. His poetry was influenced by folk ballads and his prose by the tall tales told by migrant workers. Lawson was a founder of the realistic and democratic tradition in Australian literature.


Collected Verse, vols. 1-3. Sydney, 1967-69.
Letters: 1890-1922. [Sydney, 1970.]
Collected Prose, vols. 1-2. Sydney, 1972.
In Russian translation:
Shapka po krugu. Avstraliiskie rasskazy. Moscow, 1954.
[Rasskazy.] In Avstraliiskie rasskazy. Moscow, 1958.
Izbrannye stikhi. Moscow, 1959.
Rasskazy. Moscow, 1961.


Petrikovskaia, A. S. Genri Louson i rozhdenie avstraliiskogo rasskaza. Moscow, 1972.
Prout, D. Henry Lawson. Adelaide, 1963.
Roderick, C. A. Henry Lawson, Poet and Short Story Writer. Sydney, 1966.
Phillips, A. Henry Lawson. New York, 1970.


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Review of Henry Lawson in New Zealand, edited by Charles Ferrall (Wellington: Steele Roberts, 2011).
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On the first page of his Henry Lawson, published in 1962 in the Lansdowne Press series on Australian Writers and their Work, Murray-Smith remarks that Lawson's 'long and ragged shadow falls across much of Australian life.
Henry Lawson, a 65-year-old retired fitters' mate from Stockton, said: "If the Government wants to ban it, they will do it anyway regardless of what people feel about it.
In 1988 Colin Roderick, foundation Professor of English Literature at James Cook University in Townsville, talked, not on Henry Lawson but on Miska Hauser, a violinist who visited Australia in the mid-1850s.
Stories about such communities have often portrayed them as utopias, but like some of the grimmer stories of Henry Lawson, or Joseph Conrad's ''Heart of Darkness,'' what we have learned about Pitcairn Island in the past six weeks suggests the combination of tiny communities with extreme remoteness is a recipe for what Conrad calls ''the horror.
However, Clarke forgave Furphy because he and Henry Lawson had "almost canonised the word 'mate'".
Henry Lawson galloped through to score for Melrose after the restart.