Henry Handel Richardson: A Life

Author(s): Michael Ackland

Biography & Memoir

Henry Handel Richardson is celebrated for her classic Australian novels The Getting of Wisdom and The Fortunes of Richard Mahony, yet her own life-story is still to be fully told. This enthralling book is the first complete biography of this enigmatic Australian literary icon. Drawing on previously unavailable records, the book sheds new light on Richardson's unconventional life. Beginning with her traumatic childhood, then tracing in detail the largely unknown story of the eleven formative years Richardson spent on the Continent, the book goes on to explore the personal and social forces that moved her during her long years as a London intellectual, concluding with her last ordeal as a frail spectator in the front-line of the Battle of Britain.


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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.

General Fields

  • : 9780521840552
  • : Cambridge University Press
  • : Cambridge University Press
  • : 0.668
  • : June 2004
  • : 238mm X 162mm X 28mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 346
  • : Hardback
  • : Michael Ackland