The End of a Childhood: The complete stories by Henry Handel Richardson

The End of a Childhood: The complete stories

byHenry Handel Richardson

Kobo ebook | November 17, 2012

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The Complete Stories of Henry Handel Richardson
These (short) stories add to her other novels, rounding out the characters and events.

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Henry Handel Richardson was born in East Melbourne into a prosperous family that later fell on hard times, Ethel Florence was the elder daughter of Walter Lindesay Richardson MD (c. 1826–79) and his wife Mary (née Bailey).

Richardson left Maldon to become a boarder at Presbyterian Ladies' College (PLC) in Melbourne in 1883 and attended from the ages of 13 to 17. This experience was the basis for The Getting of Wisdom, a coming-of-age novel admired by H. G. Wells. At PLC she started to develop her ability to credibly mix fact with fiction, a skill she used to advantage in her novels.

Richardson excelled in the arts and music during her time at PLC, and her mother took the family to Europe in 1888, to enable Richardson to continue her musical studies at the Leipzig Conservatorium. Richardson set her first novel, Maurice Guest, in Leipzig.

In 1894 in Munich Richardson married the Scot John George Robertson, whom she had met in Leipzig where he was studying German literature and who later briefly taught at the University of Strasburg, where his wife became ladies' tennis champion. Richardson returned to Australia in 1912, in order to research family history for The Fortunes of Richard Mahony, but after her return to England, she remained there for the rest of her life.

Richardson's life was tinged with lesbianism. At Presbyterian Ladies' College, she fell in love with an older schoolgirl; the feelings of adolescent females awakening to their sexuality were reflected in her second novel, The Getting of Wisdom. The Fortunes of Richard Mahony is Richardson's famous trilogy about the slow decline, owing to character flaws and an unnamed brain disease, of a successful Australian physician and businessman and the emotional/financial effect on his family. It was highly praised by Sinclair Lewis, among others, and was inspired by Richardson's own family experiences. The central characters were based loosely on her own parents.
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The stories:
1. THE END OF A CHILDHOOD
Four further chapters in the life of cuffy mahony
2. GROWING PAINS—SKETCHES OF GIRLHOOD
The bathe
Three in a row
Preliminary canter
Conversation in a pantry
The bath
The wrong turning
"And women must weep"
Two hanged women
3. TWO TALES OF OLD STRASBOURG
4. LIFE AND DEATH OF PETERLE LUTHY
5. THE PROFESSOR'S EXPERIMENT
6. SUCCEDANEUM
7. MARY CHRISTINA
8. THE COAT
9. SISTER ANN

Title:The End of a Childhood: The complete storiesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 17, 2012Publisher:Download eBooksLanguage:English

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ISBN:9990006152975

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