Henry Lawson in London

Local Melbourne writer and critic, and occasional Matilda commenter, Lucy Sussex, is combining with Meg Tasker, associate professor of humanities at the University of Ballarat, on a book about Australian ex-patriates living in London in the late 1890s and early 1900s. Not a great item of interest there you might say, but every so often research of this type turns up some interesting literary gems. Such is the case here as outlined by Jason Steger in "The Age" over the weekend. It appears that some details have come to light regarding the activities of Henry Lawson in London during this time. Lawson travelled to London in the hope of fame and fortune, but found only despair and disappointment. It was known that his wife, Bertha, had been committed to an asylum while in England, though not exactly why, until now.

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