Henry Lawson's the Bush Undertaker, the Drover's Wife, the Loaded Dog and the Union Buries Its Dead are remembered t simply as his most popular stories, but as cornerstones of his literary reputation. this fine collections brings together these and twenty more of Lawson's stories, as well as three chapters of his unfinished autobiography. the stories form six natural sequences, each with a common theme or character. the book begins with stories set in the bush. these are followed by stories centered on the characters of Steelman and Smith, Mitchell, Dave Regan and Joe Wilson. the collection ends with the dominating figure of Lawson's most lovable character, the Giraffe. In each of these stories the central characters emerge as a vivid expansion of some aspects of Lawson's own personality.