The Boy in the Bush

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Cambridge University Press, 11. apr 2002 - 564 pages
This is the first critical edition of The Boy in the Bush, a novel whose unlikely genesis has been surrounded in mystery and the subject of claim and counter-claim. A systematic study of all the extant textual documents has revealed a process of composition and revision which qualifies the novel to be treated unequivocally as part of the Lawrence canon. At Lawrence's suggestion an Australian nurse and part-time author, Mollie Skinner (whom he had met in 1922), wrote a tale set in late nineteenth-century Western Australia about a newly-arrived young Englishman's reactions to Perth and the outback. Lawrence's complete rewriting converted her production into an ambitious, powerful novel. The reading text here established eliminates all such instances of censorship and strips away the thousands of regularisings and miscopyings introduced by typists and typesetters. Based on Lawrence's autograph manuscript the text meticulously incorporates his subsequent revisions in the typescripts and proofs. Contents: General editor's preface; Acknowledgements; Chronology; Cue-titles; Introduction; The Boy in the Bush; Appendixes; Explanatory notes; Textual apparatus; A note on pounds, shillings and pence.
 

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An Australian lady, Mollie Skinner, wrote a novel about the daily life of an English Youngster settling down in the West Australian bush. The story was unpublished, when Lawrence it saw. He liked the ... Read full review

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Contents

Jack Arrives in Australia
7
The Twin Lambs
24
Driving to Wandoo
37
Wandoo
51
The Lambs Come Home
59
In the Yard
84
Out Back and Some Letters
92
Home for Christmas
108
The Welcome at Wandoo
258
The Last of Easu
269
Lost
283
The Find
291
Gold
295
The Offer to Mary
311
Trot Trot Back Again
334
The Rider on the Red Horse
339

New Years Eve
122
Shadows Before
139
Blows
156
The Great Passing
171
Tom and Jack Ride Together
192
Jamboree
201
Uncle John Grant
208
On the Road
219
After Two Years
229
The Governors Dance
245
Chronology of The Boy in the Bush
349
Jack Grants family tree
353
Maps
357
A historical background to the setting of The Boy in the Bush
363
Note on Miss M L Skinner
371
Preface to Black Swans
375
Explanatory notes
381
Textual apparatus
435
A note on pounds shillings and pence
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About the author (2002)

D(avid) H(erbert) Lawrence was born on September 11, 1885. His father was a coal miner and Lawrence grew up in a mining town in England. He always hated the mines, however, and frequently used them in his writing to represent both darkness and industrialism, which he despised because he felt it was scarring the English countryside. Lawrence attended high school and college in Nottingham and, after graduation, became a school teacher in Croyden in 1908. Although his first two novels had been unsuccessful, he turned to writing full time when a serious illness forced him to stop teaching. Lawrence spent much of his adult life abroad in Europe, particularly Italy, where he wrote some of his most significant and most controversial novels, including Sons and Lovers and Lady Chatterly's Lover. Lawrence and his wife, Frieda, who had left her first husband and her children to live with him, spent several years touring Europe and also lived in New Mexico for a time. Lawrence had been a frail child, and he suffered much of his life from tuberculosis. Eventually, he retired to a sanitorium in Nice, France. He died in France in 1930, at age 44. In his relatively short life, he produced more than 50 volumes of short stories, poems, plays, essays, travel journals, and letters, in addition to the novels for which he is best known.