The Getting Of Wisdom
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The Getting Of Wisdom

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Introduced by Germaine Greer 'I have been reading your Getting of Wisdom with enormous admiration...... Your little rag of a girl is a most adorable little beast.' H. G. Wells, letter to Henry Handel Richardson One of the most memorable characters in Australian fiction, Laura Rambotham, aged twelve, enters the portals of an exclusive girls' school eager to be accepted. But this precocious country girl is snubbed and ridiculed by her fellow students, who are richer, more attractive and more adept at dealing with life's hypocrisies. The Getting of Wisdom, a wicked and satirical novel on the pain and confusion of growing up, first appeared in 1910. A century later it has lost none of its bite. In her splendid introduction Germaine Greer describes this classic as 'Richardson's only great book precisely because the subject is, like the rest of us, ordinary, and therefore deeply important'. www.textclassics.com.au
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Product details

  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 17.78mm | 203g
  • Text Classics
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1922079405
  • 9781922079404
  • 193,331

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`A gorgeous coming-of-age story that is both charming and deeply moving.' * Guardian *
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About Henry Handel Richardson

Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson was born into an affluent Melbourne family in 1870. After the death of her father, Richardson's mother took her children to Maldon where she worked as the postmistress.
Richardson was sent to board at the Presbyterian Ladies College in 1883-an experience that provided material for her novel The Getting of Wisdom.



In 1888, she travelled to Europe with her mother and studied at the Leipzig Conservatorium where she met John George Robertson, a Scottish expert in German literature. The pair married and settled in London.



Richardson published her first novel, Maurice Guest, in 1908. She made her only journey back to Australia in 1912 to complete her research for the trilogy that would become The Fortunes of Richard Mahony. Her final novel The Young Cosima appeared in 1939.
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