Henry the dogged

An indubitable classic of Australian literature

Henry the dogged

'While the Billy Boils': The Original Newspaper Versions

by Henry Lawson

Sydney University Press, $30 hb, 448 pp, 9781743320112

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Biography of a Book: Henry Lawson’s 'While the Billy Boils'

by Paul Eggert

Sydney University Press/Pennsylvania State University Press, $40 hb, 415 pp, 9781743320143

It is not often that a truly ground-breaking work appears, publishers’ hype notwithstanding. Paul Eggert has produced two such works in the one year, which must be a record. Both relate to Henry Lawson (1867–1922), arguably the most famous Australian writer of all time.

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Paul Brunton

Paul Brunton

Paul Brunton is Emeritus Curator, State Library of New South Wales and an Honorary Associate of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney. He was Senior Curator, Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, from 2002–12 and Curator of Manuscripts from 1986 to 2001. He is preparing an annotated edition of the original handwritten journal and logbook of William Bligh kept on HMS Bounty, 1787–1789, for publication by Allen & Unwin.

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