My Brilliant Career

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Broadview Press, Sep 17, 2007 - Fiction - 289 pages

Written by a teenager living in the Australian bush in the 1890s and originally published in 1901, Miles Franklin’s My Brilliant Career is a candid representation of the aspirations and frustrations of a young woman constrained by middle-class social arrangements, especially the pressure to marry. My Brilliant Career has continued to delight readers and to cause them to locate their personal realities in the struggle of Franklin’s heroine, Sybylla Melvyn, to recognize and to pursue what she most wants and needs in her life.

In addition to the rich selection of appendices, this edition includes maps of early twentieth-century Australia and a critical introduction that outlines political and economic developments relevant to the novel, traces the literary landscape upon which My Brilliant Career first appeared, and describes the reception and interpretation given the novel in the century after its initial publication (including the celebrated 1979 film adaptation).


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User Review  - AliceAnna - LibraryThing

I loved the book despite wanting to shake Sybylla at times! Franklin did a masterful job of evoking atmosphere. It was so easy to get lost in the book. Sybylla was one of the most complex characters I ... Read full review

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Why do movies insist on a happy ending? Thankfully the book does not need to do so. I felt this was a combination of YA fiction, period drama, Australiana, and tragedy all in one. There are numerous ... Read full review


Correspondence Related to the Publication of My Brilliant Career
Late Nineteenth and Early TwentiethCentury Australian Feminist Perspectives
Early Responses to My Brilliant Career
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Bruce K. Martin is Professor Emeritus of English at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa.

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