My Brilliant Career

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Overview

In this ironically titled and riotous first novel by Miles Franklin, originally published in 1901, Sybylla tells the story of growing up passionate and rebellious in rural NSW. where the most that girls could hope for was to marry or to teach. Sybylla will do neither, but that doesn't stop her from falling in love, and it doesn't make the choices any easier.
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As with all the Real Reads books for children this one promotes a terrific discussion about the role of women in modern times and in other places/other times. In this little books are the pathos of women, whose plight was much dimmer in the Western World in times past, with little choice but to get married and keep house for a husband who provided the livelihood. Although Western women are much more in charge of their destiny and daily life now, there are still many choices which must be made. In this book the woman chooses her writing career over a life with a man who loves her, but she discovers she still has to do the chores she thought she could avoid by choosing a single life. Very thought provoking and well written.
Linda Watts University of Washington Bothell
"Bruce K. Martin's deep understanding of Australian history and literature informs both his textual analyses and his editorial choices. He strikes a praiseworthy balance in his introduction—writing with the precision that will appeal to scholars and the clarity that will keep it accessible to students. I particularly appreciate the book's added features, such as the chronology, appendices, and bibliography. The appendices are judiciously selected, and provide readers with a clear sense of the climate of the book's production and reception. With Martin's expert guidance, the reader deftly navigates the work's many complexities."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599869728
  • Publisher: Filiquarian Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/16/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

MILES FRANKLIN (1879–1954) was an Australian writer and feminist.

Australian illustrator Brian Harrison-Lever was a designer in the television industry before spending fourteen years at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, lecturing in design and drawing. He retired from education in 1997 and moved to from Western Australia to Tasmania, where he now works as a freelance illustrator. Books he has illustrated include the war-based Australian stories In Flanders Fields and Photographs in the Mud, and Call of the Osprey, about an old seafarer renovating a derelict steam-boat.

James Bean and Gillian Flaherty worked together at ELT materials developer International Language Teaching Services, and now run their own ELT business at ELT Essentials in Australia’s New South Wales. James is the author of numerous successful books and series for English language learners, including the fiction readers The Young Riders and Planespotting (a finalist in the 2009 Language Learner Literature Awards). Having been a teacher for many years, Gillian’s books for English language learners around the world include Focus on Reading, Mastery in Reading, Grammar Club, Which Side Are You On?, Listen to This, Pop Culture and The New Millennium.

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Table of Contents

Introduction v
1. I Remember, I Remember 3
2. An Introduction to Possum Gully 7
3. A Lifeless Life 10
4. A Career Which Soon Careered to an End 15
5. Disjointed Sketches and Grumbles 20
6. Revolt 28
7. War E'er a Rose Without Its Thorn? 35
8. Possum Gully Left Behind. Hurrah! Hurrah! 45
9. Aunt Helen's Recipe 55
10. Everard Grey 62
11. Yah! 71
12. One Grand Passion 79
13. He 85
14. Principally Letters 94
15. When the Heart is Young 101
16. When Fortune Smiles 106
17. Idylls of Youth 114
18. As Short as I Wish Had Been the Majority of Sermons to Which I Have Been Forced to Give Ear 125
19. The 9th of November 1896 128
20. Same Yarn--continued 136
21. My Unladylike Behaviour Again 145
22. Sweet Seventeen 150
23. Ah, For One Hour of Burning Love, 'Tis Worth an Age of Cold Respect! 159
24. Thou Knowest Not What a Day May Bring Forth 167
25. Because? 172
26. Boast Not Thyself of Tomorrow 177
27. My Journey 185
28. To Life 188
29. To Life--continued 196
30. Where Ignorance is Bliss, 'Tis Folly to Be Wise 209
31. Mr M'Swat and I Have a Bust-up 214
32. Ta-ta to Barney's Gap 222
33. Back at Possum Gully 225
34. But Absent Friends are Soon Forgot 230
35. The 3rd of December 1898 237
36. Once Upon a Time, When the Days Were Long and Hot 242
37. He That Despiseth Little Things, Shall Fall Little by Little 252
38. A Tale That is Told and a Day That is Done 256
Endnotes 259
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