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The fierce, irreverent novel of aspiration and rebellion that is both a cornerstone of Australian literature and a feminist classic

Miles Franklin began the candid, passionate, and contrary My Brilliant Career when she was only sixteen, intending it to be the Australian answer to Jane Eyre. But the book she produced-a thinly veiled autobiographical novel about a young girl hungering for life and love in the outback-so scandalized her country ...
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My Brilliant Career

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Overview

The fierce, irreverent novel of aspiration and rebellion that is both a cornerstone of Australian literature and a feminist classic

Miles Franklin began the candid, passionate, and contrary My Brilliant Career when she was only sixteen, intending it to be the Australian answer to Jane Eyre. But the book she produced-a thinly veiled autobiographical novel about a young girl hungering for life and love in the outback-so scandalized her country upon its appearance in 1901 that she insisted it not be published again until ten years after her death.
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"A splendidly vivid display . . . carrying the reader by force of its narrative and its sharply detailed, entirely convincing voice."  —Times
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: 9781440627439
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/2/2007
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 359 KB

Meet the Author


Sandra M. Gilbert teaches at the University of California, Davis.

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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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