Overview

Written with all the high spirits of youth, My Brilliant Career is the unforgettable tale of Sybylla Melvin, a headstrong country girl - passionate, endearing, stubborn, honest - and her fraught journey from rags to riches to rags.

Introduction by Jennifer Byrne.

Miles Franklin was born in central New South Wales, in 1879. By the age of twenty, Franklin had completed her first novel, My Brilliant Career. After it was rejected by local ...

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Overview

Written with all the high spirits of youth, My Brilliant Career is the unforgettable tale of Sybylla Melvin, a headstrong country girl - passionate, endearing, stubborn, honest - and her fraught journey from rags to riches to rags.

Introduction by Jennifer Byrne.

Miles Franklin was born in central New South Wales, in 1879. By the age of twenty, Franklin had completed her first novel, My Brilliant Career. After it was rejected by local publishers, she sent it to Henry Lawson, who called it 'the first great Australian novel'. He helped her to get it published in Britain in 1901. Miles Franklin published nineteen novels and provided for the creation of the Miles Franklin Award, Australia’s premier literary award.

Jennifer Byrne has worked as an award-winning journalist in print, television and radio. She now hosts the popular ABC programs First Tuesday Bookclub and Jennifer Byrne Presents.

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'The book is true to Australia - the truest I ever read.' Henry Lawson

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781921921797
  • Publisher: The Text Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/26/2012
  • Series: Text Classics
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

STELLA MARIA SARAH MILES FRANKLIN was born in Talbingo in central New South Wales, in 1879. Raised in the country, in a family of diminishing fortunes, she received only a basic education but enough to spark an interest in writing.

By the age of twenty, Franklin had completed her first novel, My Brilliant Career. After it was rejected by local publishers, she sent it to Henry Lawson, who called it ‘the first great Australian novel’. He wrote a preface for it and helped her to get it published in Britain in 1901.

After this success Franklin worked as a domestic servant to gather material for her second novel, My Career Goes Bung, which remained unpublished until 1946. She moved to Chicago in 1906, where she wrote two novels and worked for the National Women’s Trade Union League. After World War I, she worked in a women’s hospital in England.

Franklin returned to Australia in 1927. The following year she had a hit on her hands with Up the Country, published under the pseudonym Brent of Bin Bin. Miles Franklin published nineteen novels before her death in 1954. In her will she provided for the creation of the Miles Franklin Award, Australia’s premier literary award.
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