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.
Henry the dogged
An indubitable classic of Australian literature
'While the Billy Boils': The Original Newspaper Versions
by Henry Lawson
Sydney University Press, $30 hb, 448 pp, 9781743320112
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
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