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1. Henry Lawson was born on the goldfields of New South Wales, Australia, in 1867. He died in 1922, and for all but the last few years of his life, his history was troubled and sorrowful. With which auricular disability was this writer afflicted, from the age of nine, until his death?
2. In one of the rare instances of good luck in his life, Henry Lawson was fortunate when his mother enrolled him in another school, some eight kilometres from where the family lived. Why was this considered lucky?
3. After Henry Lawson moved to Sydney to live with his mother, his subsequent attempts to gain a university place failed because of his inability to hear the content of any oral lessons. This was followed by bad news from his doctor about his now incurable disability. What did he turn to in his despair?
4. Just before his 30th birthday, and against the advice of all concerned, Henry Lawson married Bertha Bredt Jr, the daughter of a leading socialist of the day. How did this mismatched union end?
5. Part of Henry Lawson's sporadic employment history was his work at several newspapers of the time. The most successful of these was with "The Bulletin" whose editor sent Henry on a long trek out west to collect materials for his ever increasing output of stories. The first of these were published in a volume in 1896. What was the title of that book?
6. In addition to Henry Lawson's brilliant short stories, newspaper articles and columns, he also wrote over five hundred poems. Considered today by academics to fall short of the standard of his prose, one of these poems was written when he was again doing time - for drunkenness - in Darlinghurst Gaol. Because of the dreadful rations of food given to the prisoners, the high death rate and the lack of health facilities, what did Henry call this prison?
7. Apart from Henry Lawson's art of depicting a scene or a building in a few vividly effective words, his skill at portraying people was equally as impressive. With just a few sentences this great writer could bring a character to life more than many other writers could convey in an entire chapter. What artistic term did Henry give to each one of these evocative images?
8. As the new century clicked over, and now in his thirties, Henry Lawson, in his need to convey as much as he could about Australia onto the printed page, could barely remember any other life but that of grinding poverty. Then the cold heart of tragedy struck at this fine writer once again. From 1902 until the end of his life, Henry suffered from periodic bouts of which illness?
9. Come 1903, and something miraculous - relatively speaking - happened to alter the course of Henry Lawson's life. At the lowest point of that life, when he could carry on no longer, he moved into a room at a boarding house in North Sydney. The woman who owned that residence proved to be his guardian in every respect. As far as the business side of his writing went, however, what could she be likened to today?
10. One of the themes running constantly throughout Henry Lawson's stories was that of mateship and the importance of either a friend, or a wife, or even a faithful dog to help a fellow through the lonely years and hardships out in the bush. As much as these themes ran through his work, Henry himself, because of his deafness and illnesses, seldom ever knew that consolation. After years of isolation and illness, and neglect by his peers and his government, times when he almost starved to death, he died in 1922. What absolutely pathetic piece of hypocrisy did the New South Wales State government then announce?
Source: Author Creedy
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