The Getting of Wisdom
The subject of this book is a young woman: an awkward, insecure, restless and 'knowing' child who learns that self-realisation depends on rebellion and escape, but that the latter will first demand at least the semblance of conformity. In telling lies, Laura learns both the astonishing allure of fiction and the social costs of stepping beyond the bounds of propriety, gender, class, and family ties.
The novel is only in part a fictionalised account of Richardson's school years at the Presbyterian Ladies College, Melbourne, where (unlike her fictional counterpart) she was not only academically successful but also an outstanding student of music. Unusual for stories of school-life, The Getting of Wisdom was clearly aimed at a mature readership able to understand irony and a critique of the colonial educational provision of its day, including a determination to preserve sexual ignorance in young women.
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Review: The Getting of WisdomUser Review - Angela - Goodreads
Well-written and sometimes almost painful to read. A sensitive portrayal of a young girl growing up in difficult times and placed in a difficult situation. Read full review
Review: The Getting of WisdomUser Review - Haylee Cullen - Goodreads
Nice, easy but absorbing read. Probably suited for a younger audience. Classic Bildungsroman tale set in not too distant Australian past Read full review
General Editors Foreword
List of Abbreviations
THE GETTING OF WISDOM
Note on the Text
Table of Variants in TSi and Nietzsche Epigraphs