Henry Handel Richardson: The letters edited by Clive Probyn and Bruce Steele

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October 2000, no. 225
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Henry Handel Richardson: The letters edited by Clive Probyn and Bruce Steele

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October 2000, no. 225

The status of Henry Handel Richardson as a writer in Australia has always been somewhat problematic. Some people put that down to the fact that she was an expatriate. Leaving Australia at the age of eighteen, she returned only once, very briefly, in 1912. Expatriates, however, have often been paranoid about their reputation in this country and inclined to imagine that the Australian public is punishing them for leaving whereas in most cases it is indifferent to or even ignorant of that fact.

The answer, I think, lies in the fact that Richardson wrote in a stubbornly naturalistic style during a period when modernism was all the rage. A professor of English in Australia once told me that he admired Richardson far less after discovering that her work was much more recent than he had thought, a statement I found extremely puzzling.

Laurie Clancy reviews 'Henry Handel Richardson: The letters' edited by Clive Probyn and Bruce Steele

Henry Handel Richardson: The letters

edited by Clive Probyn and Bruce Steele

Miegunyah Press, $88 hb, 660 pp

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