The Getting of Wisdom: Text Classics

Henry Handel Richardson

The Getting of Wisdom: Text Classics
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Text Publishing Co
Country
Australia
Published
22 August 2012
Pages
262
ISBN
9781922079404

The Getting of Wisdom: Text Classics

Henry Handel Richardson

Introduced by Germaine Greer.

One of the most memorable characters in Australian fiction, Laura Rambotham, aged twelve, enters the portals of an exclusive girls’ school eager to be accepted. But this precocious country girl is snubbed and ridiculed by her fellow students, who are richer, more attractive and more adept at dealing with life’s hypocrisies.

The Getting of Wisdom, a wicked and satirical novel on the pain and confusion of growing up, first appeared in 1910. A century later it has lost none of its bite. In her splendid introduction Germaine Greer describes this classic as ‘Richardson’s only great book precisely because the subject is, like the rest of us, ordinary, and therefore deeply important’.

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