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The Getting of Wisdom

The Getting of Wisdom: Text Classics

Text Classics

Henry Handel Richardson

Introduction by Germaine Greer

The Getting of Wisdom was first published in 1910 and has continued to sell well. Germaine Greer’s introduction, of course, makes this edition even more appealing to the reader.

Described by H. G. Wells as the best school story he knew, The Getting of Wisdom is the classic Australian novel of school days, a compelling and frank account of a young girl’s coming of age.

‘Sexual tension tightens every page’ writes Germaine Greer. ‘The enduring truth is that The Getting of Wisdom is Richardson’s only great book, precisely because the subject is, like the rest of us, ordinary, and therefore deeply important.’

Not sure if this is the book for you? Read ‘The case for Henry Handel Richardson’s The Getting of Wisdom’ at The Conversation.

Henry Handel Richardson
About the Author

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...

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22 August 2012
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Praise for Henry Handel Richardson
andThe Getting of Wisdom

‘A gorgeous coming-of-age story that is both charming and deeply moving.’

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