Lawson, Henry, 1867-1922

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Birth 1867-06-17
Death 1922-09-02

Biographical notes:

Short-story writer, balladist. Born 1867 at Grenfell, N.S.W., died in Sydney, 1922.

From the description of Papers [manuscript]. 1917-1979. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 225828202

Henry Lawson was one of Australia's greatest short-story writers and poets, and became, for many twentieth century critics, the personification of Australian literature. The images of the bush and bush people in Lawson's best stories have remained influential. Lawson's artistic decline accompanied his decline into alcoholism and mental illness. He spent time in gaol for failing to pay maintenance and became a well known figure in Sydney as a drunk and beggar. The tone and references of the collar story point to these misfortunes. Lawson continued to write prose and poetry, but this work remained far beneath his earlier levels of excellence. In 1920 a pension from the Commonwealth Literary Fund provided some financial security. Henry Lawson died of a cerebral haemorrhage at Abbotsford in 1922.

From the description of OM90-42 Henry Lawson Collar, ca.1910 - ca.1920. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 755759026

Henry Lawson, poet and short-story writer, was born at Grenfell, N.S.W. in 1867. His poems were first published in The Bulletin in 1887 and a short story was published in 1888. Lawson died in Sydney in 1922.

From the description of Papers [manuscript]. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 225784891


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