Stella Miles Franklin

A Biography

by Jill Roe

On Sale: 07/01/2010

Stella Miles Franklin

A Biography

by Jill Roe

On Sale: 07/01/2010

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The award-winning biography of one of Australia's best-loved writers ... The author of MY BRILLAINT CAREER had a fascinating career of her own ... Winner of the Adelaide Festival Award for Literature for Non-Fiction 2010
'a long-awaited and splendidly breezy blockbuster biography of the indefatigable, self-inventing and campaigning author of My Brilliant Career' Richard Holmes, AUStRALIAN BOOK REVIEW 'to meet Miles Franklin was as invigorating as to ride on a spring morning across the Monaro plains she so dearly loved' Henrietta Drake-Brockman Stella Miles Franklin was born in the Australian bush. At the age of twenty-one, she became an international publishing sensation with MY BRILLIANt CAREER, which more than a century later is still regarded as an Australian classic. Miles' early success gave her entree to literary and socialist circles in Sydney and Melbourne. there she met Banjo Paterson, the Goldstein sisters and Joseph Furphy, among others. In 1906 she went to work for the women's labour movement in Chicago. In 1915 she relocated to London and quickly found herself travelling to the Balkans to help nurse wounded Allied soldiers. Returning to London, she campaigned for various feminist and progressive causes, all the while continuing to write, often submitting work under pseudonyms that she guarded fiercely all her life. In the 1930s she returned to Australia, taking up the cause of Australian writers. Novelist, journalist, nationalist, feminist, larrikin - Miles Franklin was all these and more. And her endowment of the Miles Franklin Literary Award founded an Australian cultural institution that remains our most prestigious prize for literature.'more than the definitive biography of Australia's most gregarious literary figure' WEEKEND AUStRALIAN 'Roe's mighty biography of a woman who was pivotal to the culture during a formative period of Australian literary life is meticulous and welcome' Hilary McPhee, tHE AUStRALIAN

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Critical Praise

‘An engaging story’ said the Northern Star. ‘Roe’s biography has been some 25 years in the making; it is worth the wait’ said the Sunday Age.‘Jill Roe has done an extraordinary job of bringing together the wealth of material on Franklin’s life. The finished product is impressive, comprehensive and eminently worthwhile’ said The Age; ‘Roe has done a beautiful and exhaustive job, and this is a rich account of a half-century of Australian literary life’. ‘This magisterial book not only explores the life of Franklin but also puts her into a context … a book remarkable for its breadth and detail’ said the Sunday Tasmanian‘A magnificent feat of exhaustive research’ said the Australian Book Review• ‘A brilliant project’ wrote the Ballarat Courier.• ‘A magnificent feat of exhaustive research’ AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW• ‘Comprehensive’ DAILY TELEGRAPH• ‘A feat of sustained research and an absorbing … piece of storytelling’ ADELAIDE ADVERTISER• ‘Roe’s mighty biography … is meticulous and welcome ... a labour of love … requiring … empathy and scholarship’. AUSTRALIAN LITERARY REVIEW• ‘The definitive historical biography of Miles Franklin … the meticulous historical approach of this biography is balanced by its breezy style, and there is much to enjoy and discover in this chronicle of a life that mattered’ WEST AUSTRALIAN• ‘The biography is a happy combination of scholarship and readability. It is comprehensively researched but it never becomes dry’ SURPREME COURT HISTORY PROGRAM -

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780730450276
  • ISBN 10: 0730450279
  • Imprint: 4th Estate
  • On Sale: 07/01/2010
  • Pages: 754
  • List Price:33.61 CAD
  • BISAC1 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General

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