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Description - My Brilliant Career: Text Classics by Miles Franklin

Introduced by Jennifer Byrne This is not a romance - I have too often faced the music of life to the tune of hardship to waste time in snivelling and gushing over fancies and dreams; neither is it a novel, but simply a yarn - a real yarn. Oh! Written with all the high spirits of youth, My Brilliant Career is the unforgettable tale of Sybylla Melvin, a headstrong country girl - passionate, endearing, stubborn, honest - and her fraught journey from rags to riches to rags. www.textclassics.com.au

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781921922190
ISBN-10: 1921922192
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 26mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: The Text Publishing Company
Publisher: Text Publishing
Publish Date: 26-Apr-2012
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Miles Franklin

Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin was born in Talbingo in central New South Wales, in 1879. Raised in the country, in a family of diminishing fortunes, she received only a basic education but enough to spark an interest in writing. By the age of twenty, Franklin had completed her first novel, My Brilliant Career. After it was rejected by local publishers, she sent it to Henry Lawson, who called it `the first great Australian novel'. He wrote a preface for it and helped her to get it published in Britain in 1901. After this success Franklin worked as a domestic servant to gather material for her second novel, My Career Goes Bung, which remained unpublished until 1946. She moved to Chicago in 1906, where she wrote two novels and worked for the National Women's Trade Union League. After World War I, she worked in a women's hospital in England. Franklin returned to Australia in 1927. The following year she had a hit on her hands with Up the Country, published under the pseudonym Brent of Bin Bin. Miles Franklin published nineteen novels before her death in 1954. In her will she provided for the creation of the Miles Franklin Award, Australia's premier literary award.

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