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Miles Franklin (1879–1954)

Autor(a) de My Brilliant Career

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About the Author

Miles Franklin was born and reared on farms in remote parts of New South Wales. These early experiences of a family struggling against an inhospitable land served as the basis for her first and best-known novel, My Brilliant Career (1901). The story of Sybylla Melvyn and her fantastic adventures in mostrar mais colonial Australia was made into a successful film, which brought about a revival of interest in Franklin and her long-forgotten novel; the interest, however, has been directed more toward her feminism than her literary work. Immediately after My Brilliant Career, Franklin wrote My Career Goes Bung (1946), which follows Sybylla's experiences as a successful author. Both of these novels foretell Franklin's lifelong revolt against the roles open to women. Through her literary and feminist contacts after the success of My Brilliant Career, Franklin found work as a freelance writer in Sydney before going to the United States in 1905, where she remained for nine years. In Chicago, she engaged in social work and suffragist activity for the National Women's Trade Union League. In 1927, she returned permanently to Australia, where she continued to write. Under the pseudonym "Brent of Bin Bin," she published six novels depicting Australian bush life, but they were never particularly successful. It has been pointed out that by the 1930s Australian fiction was changing, taking up new topics and moving away from realistic accounts of colonial life. Franklin's tireless promotion of Australian writing through her criticism and active involvement in literary circles, along with her feminist activities, make her an important figure in Australian literature, even though much of her work is of more historical significance than literary. Following her death in 1954, the Miles Franklin Award for Fiction was instituted to be given to a novelist whose work authentically represents Australian life. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: Miles Franklin, also Brent of Bin Bin [picture] [1925]
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Obras por Miles Franklin


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Franklin, Miles
Nome legal
Franklin, Stella Maria Sarah Miles
Outros nomes
Brent of Bin Bin
Franklin, Stella
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Talbingo, New South Wales, Australia
Local de falecimento
Drummoyne, New South Wales, Australia
Locais de residência
Talbingo, New South Wales, Australia
Chicago, Illinois, USA
London, England, UK
Drummoyne, New South Wales, Australia
Thornford (near Goulburn), New South Wales, Australia
at home
Thornford Public School
Devanny, Jean (friend)
Fellowship of Australian Writers

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Miles Franklin's autobiographical first novel, "My Brilliant Career," written when she was 16, was hailed as the first uniquely Australian novel when it was published in 1901. She continued writing while doing hospital and social work in the US, UK and Serbia and working for women's suffrage. In her will, she endowed the Miles Franklin Literary Award, an annual literary prize given for "the best Australian published novel or play portraying Australian life in any of its phases."



A classic of Australian literature yet, written by a 16-year-old focusing on autobiography, not actually an amazing read. Important without being brilliant, this is nevertheless something to put on the bucket list.
therebelprince | 31 outras críticas | Apr 21, 2024 |
This gives a glimpse back in time at life in some (imaginary) rural towns around Goulburn, at the end of 19th century Australia. The story told from the unusual perspective of young Sybylla who to me is quite irritating & impossible at times, but also likeable, as she’s young and means well. It is interesting to see the style of writing and use of language in the book, also the use of certain words and phrases from that time …. Certain attitudes and prejudices stand out … Good on Sybylla for being true to herself!

This is a Bookclub read for March 2022 - Am looking forward to discussing it with the others.
… (mais)
Carole888 | 31 outras críticas | Jan 5, 2022 |
Like its main character, this book has very few redeeming qualities. A dull, constant stream of laments and fretful bellyaching, with little plot and nastily executed stereotypical characters.
wallymeadows | 31 outras críticas | Feb 18, 2021 |
As a piece of history that tells the story of a unique place, at a pivotal time, from an uncommon perspective this novel has value. Yet, the casual racism of the narrator (the blacks, the mad red Indians, the Chinamen and their smelly food) is grating on the contemporary reader. The amount of time the narrator spends bemoaning her ugliness also grows tiresome.

In sum, not much in the way of literature, but interesting if you want to see rural Australia from a young woman’s perspective around 1900.… (mais)
ProfH | 31 outras críticas | Jan 1, 2021 |



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