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Poems of Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson : 2 x Hardcover Books in 1 x Slipcased Boxed Set - A.B. Paterson

Poems of Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson

2 x Hardcover Books in 1 x Slipcased Boxed Set

Boxed, Slipcased or Casebound Published: 3rd December 2010
ISBN: 9781742571027
Number Of Pages: 136

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Poems of Banjo Paterson: Time spent reading this book will be time spent with old, familiar friends. There is a warmth, richness and humour about the poems of Banjo Paterson that has endeared them to generations of Australians.

The Man from Snowy River, Mulga Bill's Bicycle and The Geebung Polo Club are as well known to today's school children as they are to their parents and grandparents. The words Waltzing Matilda have, of course, become recognised in every part of the world as Australia's own song.

Poems of Henry Lawson: In any part of Australia, almost in any company, the mere mention of Henry Lawson's name will bring an immediate response. Whether it gives rise to an anecdote or a recitation of a few lines of his verse or leads to a discussion of his place in Australian literature it will not pass unnoticed.

The poems selected in this book have been enjoyed by more than seven generations, from the famous Facers in the Street which exposed the social injustices of the late 1800s, to The Sliprails and the Spur, described as possibly the tenderest and most perfect of all his poems.

The Box Set: Combined with Pro Hart's paintings, which capture the humour of some of these poems, the pathos and loneliness of others, the poems come alive once more. These books are not only for the countless Paterson and Lawson admirers who can now enjoy their work again in this visually exciting form, but also - and perhaps more importantly - for those who have yet to be introduced to the world of two of Australia's greatest writers.

ISBN: 9781742571027
ISBN-10: 1742571026
Audience: General
Format: Boxed, Slipcased or Casebound
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 3rd December 2010
Publisher: NEW HOLLAND PUBLISHERS
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 27.6 x 19.8  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 1.54

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About the Author


Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson (17 February 1864 - 5 February 1941) was an Australian bush journalist and author. He was popularly known as "Banjo" Paterson from his pen name, "The Banjo".
He wrote many ballads and poems about Australian life, focusing particularly on the rural and outback areas, including the district around Binalong, New South Wales where he spent much of his childhood.
He best known for his rousing folk classics The Man from Snowy River and Waltzing Matilda, is widely acknowledged as Australia’s greatest and most popular balladist. His poems, written with great gusto and humour, celebrate all the romance and rough-and-tumble of old Australia.

Banjo Paterson was born at Narambla, near Orange, New South Wales, the eldest son of a Scottish immigrant from Lanarkshire on February 17, 1864. Paterson's family lived on the isolated Buckinbah Station until he was 5. When Paterson's uncle died, his family took over the uncle's farm in Illalong, near Yass. When Paterson turned 10 he was sent to school at Sydney Grammar School, performing well both as a student and a sportsman. Leaving school at 16, he took up the role of an articled clerk in a law firm and by the age of 23 Paterson was a fully qualified solicitor.

In 1885, Paterson began submitting and having his poetry published in the Sydney edition of The Bulletin under the pseudonym of "The Banjo", the name of a favourite horse. Paterson, like The Bulletin, was an ardent nationalist, and in 1889 published a pamphlet, Australia for the Australians which told of his disdain for cheap labour and his admiration of hard work and the nationalist spirit. In 1890, The Banjo wrote The Man from Snowy River, a poem which caught the heart of the nation, and in 1895 had a collection of his works published under that name. This book is the most sold collection of Australian Bush poetry and is still being reprinted today. A B (Banjo) Paterson also became a journalist, lawyer, jockey, soldier and a farmer.

In 1903 he married Alice Walker in Tenterfield. Their first home was in Queen Street, Woollahra. The Patersons had two children, Grace born in 1904 and Hugh born in 1906. He would later become a war correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald during the Second Boer War, the Boxer Rebellion and World War I.

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