Henry Lawson

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Henry Lawson
Henry Lawson, circa 1902
Born(1867-06-17)17 June 1867
Grenfell Goldfields, New South Wales, Australia
Died2 September 1922(1922-09-02) (aged 55)
Sydney, Australia
Spouse(s)Bertha Marie Louise Bredt

Henry Archibald Hertzberg Lawson (17 June 1867 – 2 September 1922)[1] was an Australian writer and poet. Along with Banjo Paterson, he is remembered as one of the best Australian writers. He wrote about life in the Australian bush.

Lawson was an nationalist and republican, and he wanted Australia to become and independent nation. Lawson wrote many stories and articles for The Bulletin. He used the Australian language in his stories. From the 1890s he suffered from alcoholism and mental illness which meant he did not write as much in his later years. He never had much money, and spent time in Darlinghurst Gaol and psychiatric institutions. After he died in 1922 following a cerebral haemorrhage, Lawson became the first Australian writer to be granted a state funeral.

His mother was Louisa Lawson, a poet, publisher and feminist.

Posthumous collections[change | change source]

  • A Camp-Fire Yarn: Henry Lawson Complete Works 1885-1900 (1984)
  • A Fantasy of Man: Henry Lawson Complete Works 1901-1922 (1984)
  • The Penguin Henry Lawson Short Stories (1986)
  • The Songs of Henry Lawson (1989)
  • The Roaring Days (1994) (aka The Henry Lawson Collection Vol. 1)
  • On the Wallaby Track (1994) (aka The Henry Lawson Collection Vol. 2)

Popular poems, short stories and sketches[change | change source]

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References[change | change source]

  1. Matthews, Brian. "Lawson, Henry (1867–1922)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Melbourne University Press. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 30 September 2012 – via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.

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