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HENRY LAWSON (1867-1922) - Australian poet
Henry Archibald Hertzberg Lawson was one of Australia’s best known poets and was a short story writer, known for his realistic portrayals of bush life.

Born near Grenfell, New South Wales, of struggling gold field parents, he was hampered by deafness from the time he was nine and by poverty and unhappiness in his family. His parents separated in 1883, and it was then that that his activist mother went to Sydney and began publishing the feminist newspaper The Dawn. Henry followed his mother to Sydney and soon thereafter, The Bulletin published his first stories and verses (1887–88). During those years he worked for several newspapers but also spent much time wandering. Out of these experiences came material for his vivid, realistic writing, which, by its often pessimistic blend of pathos and irony, captured some of the spirit of Australian working life. His later years were increasingly unhappy, and he suffered from alcoholism. Lawson died on 2 September 1922 at Abbotsford, N.S.W. The Prime Minister, W.M. Hughes, decreed him a State funeral, and after an impressive ceremony at St. Andrew's Cathedral he was buried at Waverley cemetery.
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Works by Henry Lawson
  • In the Days When the World Was Wide and Other Verses, 1896
  • Verses, Popular and Humorous, 1900
  • When I Was King and Other Verses, 1905
  • The Elder Son, 1905
  • The Skyline Riders and Other Verses, 1910
  • A Coronation Ode and Retrospect, 1911
  • For Australia and Other Poems, 1913
  • My Army, O My Army! And Other Songs, 1915, published as Song of the Dardanelles and Other Verses, 1916
  • Selected Poems of Henry Lawson, 1918
  • The Auld Shop and the New, 1923
  • Joseph's Dream, 1923
  • Winnowed Verse, 1924
  • Popular Verses, 1924
  • Humorous Verses, 1924
  • Poetical Works of Henry Lawson, 1925
  • The Men Who Made Australia, 1950
Short Stories
  • Short Stories in Prose and Verse, 1894
  • While the Billy Boils, 1896
  • On the Track and Over the Sliprails, 1900
  • The Country I Come From, 1901
  • Joe Wilson and His Mates, 1901
  • Children of the Bush, 1902
  • The Rising of the Court and Other Sketches in Prose and Verse, 1910
  • Mateship: A Discursive Yarn, 1911
  • The Strangers' Friend, 1911
  • Triangles of Life and Other Stories, 1913
Other Works About the Author:

Numerous collections of his writings, verse, and short stories have been published. Biographical works include:
  • Henry Lawson, by Stephen Murray-Smith, 1962; 1975
  • In Search of Henry Lawson, by C. M. H. Clark, 1978
  • The Real Henry Lawson, by Colin Arthur Roderick, 1982
  • Henry Lawson: a Life, by Colin Arthur Roderick, 1991

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