Author(s): Henry Lawson
Inspired by the passionate energy that informs Lawson's verse, Colin Roderick has brought together some of Lawson's best-loved poems. The very best of Henry Lawson is showcased - heart-rending tales of the human condition, rousing poems of social protest, images of comic characters, classic portraits such as Middleton's rouseabout, as well as some of Lawson's lesser known works, including the poignant verse addressed to his lost love, Hannah Thornburn. Henry Lawson was a man burdened by poverty and deafness and haunted by the spectres of alcoholism and madness. Against his tortured life, the spirit, humour and understanding evident in this collection show the breadth of Lawson's achievement and demonstrate why he has endured as one of Australia's great poets.