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Bush Studies

Bush Studies: Text Classics

Barbara Baynton

Introduction by Helen Garner

Bush Studies is famous for its stark realism—for not romanticising bush life, instead showing all its bleakness and harshness.

Economic of style, influenced by the great nineteenth-century Russian novelists, Barbara Baynton’s short-story collection presents the Australian bush as dangerous and isolating for the women who inhabit it.

‘The terror Baynton evokes,’ Helen Garner writes in her introduction to the book, ‘is elemental, sexual, unabashedly female.’

STORIES IN THIS COLLECTION

A Dreamer
Squeaker’s Mate
Scrammy ’And
Billy Skywonkie
Bush Church
The Chosen Vessel

  

Reading Australia teaching notes available here.

Barbara Baynton
About the Author

Barbara Baynton was born in the Hunter Valley town of Scone, New South Wales, in 1857. After being educated at home Baynton worked briefly as a governess before in 1880 marrying the first of her three husbands, whom she divorced after a decade. In the 1890s, financially secure from her marriage to the retired surgeon Thomas Baynton, she began...

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Extent:
240pp
Format:
Paperback
Text publication date:
26 September 2012
First published:
1902
Region:
NSW
ISBN:
9781922079497
AU Price:
$12.95
NZ Price:
$15.99
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Praise for Barbara Baynton
andBush Studies

‘So precise, so complete, with such insight into detail and such force of statement, it ranks with the masterpieces of realism in any language.’

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