Stella Miles Franklin: A biography by Jill Roe

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February 2009, no. 308
Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'Stella Miles Franklin: A biography' by Jill Roe

Stella Miles Franklin: A biography

by Jill Roe

Fourth Estate, $59.99 hb, 720 pp

Stella Miles Franklin: A biography by Jill Roe

Reviewed by
February 2009, no. 308

In December 1982, publisher Richard Walsh commissioned a ‘life and times of Miles Franklin’ from historian Jill Roe. The book ‘has been a long time coming’, says Roe, ‘due to other commitments and responsibilities, and because of the extent of previously unexamined source material.’ That source material – letters, articles, unpublished manuscripts, journals – exists in quantities that can be inferred from Roe’s comment near the end of the book, where she is describing Franklin’s final illness: that ‘from 1 January 1909 to 1 January 1954, there is some kind of record of what Miles Franklin was doing on virtually every day of her life.’

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'Stella Miles Franklin: A biography' by Jill Roe

Stella Miles Franklin: A biography

by Jill Roe

Fourth Estate, $59.99 hb, 720 pp

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