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Probyn, Clive

Clive Probyn is a Professor of English at Monash University, Melbourne. He is the co-editor, with Bruce Steele, of the recent edition of Henry Handel Richardson: The Getting of Wisdom (2001), published as one of UQP’s Academy Editions of Australian Literature. Awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal 2003 for service to Australian society and literature.
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H.H.Richardson: The Getting Of Wisdom

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Henry Handel Richardson is one of Australia's most important writers. She grew up in Victoria in the late nineteenth century, and left Australia at the age of eighteen to pursue a musical career. She returned only once, in 1912, to research her famous trilogy, The Fortunes of Richard Mahony.This volume includes The Getting of Wisdom (1910), based on Richardson's own experiences at the Presbyterian Ladies College, Melbourne, in the late 1880s, together with four of her short stories about adolescence, an extract from her memoir Myself When Young, and some of her commentary and correspondence about the novel.The range of autobiographical material, fictional and nonfictional, demonstrates Richardson's various modes of self-representation. Some of this material appears in book form for the first time. The edition highlights Richardson's subversion of stereotypical nineteenth-century ideas about feminine education and female selfhood.