The Getting of Wisdom

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Univ. of Queensland Press, 2001 - Fiction - 282 pages
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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 Wisdomwas 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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This Virago Modern Classic is about a twelve-year old girl sent to boarding school from her home in the country where she lived with her Mom and sister and two brothers. The title is a bit of an ... Read full review

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Can't believe I gave this books 5 stars on first reading. I could barely finish it on reread. Unrelenting dreariness which I kept expecting to let up and it continued till the end. Read full review

Contents

General Editors Foreword
vii
List of Abbreviations
xviii
THE GETTING OF WISDOM
lii
Note on the Text
2
Explanatory Notes
232
Table of Variants in TSi and Nietzsche Epigraphs
266
EndofLine Hyphenations
281
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