Henry Handel Richardson has been celebrated for her classic Australian novels: The Getting of Wisdom and The Fortunes of Richard Mahony. However, her own life story remains to be told. This book, accordingly, provides the first complete biography of the enigmatic Australian literary icon, shedding new light on her eventful life.
"An essential study for those interested in Richardson, best known for her Australian novels The Getting of Wisdom and The Fortunes of Richard Mahony, this comprehensive, detailed portrait of an elusively private woman is also a fascinating read about a life that bridged the end of the century into the advent of the Great War." - English Literature in Transition, Nadine Cooper, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Michael Ackland is the author of Henry Kendall: the Man and the Myths and Damaged Men: the Precarious Lives of James McAuley and Harold Stewart. He was educated in Australia and Germany, where he attended secondary school and studied German literature at the University of Cologne. Currently he is Head of the English Department at Monash University.
Prologue; 1. Blood lines; 2. The whirlpool of destiny; 3. Trauma and its fictions; 4. Whatever happened at PLC?; 5. Love and music in Leipzig; 6. 'A failure all round'; 7. The Continent to the rescue; 8. Reappraising England; 9. A denizen of many worlds; 10. Winds of change; 11. Blackout; 12. Towards the next room.