John Barnes, now Emeritus Professor of English at La Trobe University, previously taught at Melbourne University and the University of W. A. (where Randolph Stow was a colleague for a year). His publications include critical studies of Australian literature and the Penguin Henry Lawson: Short Stories (which has been in print since 1986). He has written three biographies: The Order of Things: A Life of Joseph Furphy (1990), Socialist Champion: Portrait of the Gentleman as Crusader (2006), and La Trobe: Traveller, Writer, Governor, published this year; and is currently at work on a volume of literary reminiscences, Partial Portraits.
La Trobe University
FIRST of all, get a good agent- and trust him with your soul, and let him alone. In 1902 that was Henry Lawson's advice to any aspiring Australian writer who was planning to go to London, as he himself had…