MYSELF WHEN YOUNG by Henry Handel Richardson


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Left incomplete at her death in 1946, this memoir of the Australian novelist records her early life and ends with her marriage to Prof. Robertson. Notes from her husband's diaries and an essay on her art complete this book. Here one reads of a Victorian childhood in Melbourne; the failure of her father's practice which resulted in a move up-country, and his breakdown and death, providing the scaffolding for Richard Mahony's story. Then came years of financial insecurity, her schooling, her first (at fourteen) and long standing love for the Vicar; the trip to England, then to Leipzig where much was sacrificed to train her for a concert career which was not realized when she married- against maternal opposition-Prof. Robertson. Written with the leisure, the restraint, the classicism which has distinguished all her writing, this will appeal to many of her followers, but some of her devotees will be disappointed in the paucity of philosophical content.

Pub Date: July 26th, 1948
Publisher: Norton