I really love this book. A great collection of the once in a generation writer portraying her brilliant insight. A must have. - Booktopia Book Guru.
Miles Franklin wrote the first of these letters at Brindabella in 1887, more than a decade before she started My Brilliant Career, the novel that famously propelled her out of the bush and on to Sydney and the world.
The correspondence follows her to the Women's Trade Union League in Chicago, to war work in the Balkans, to a return to writing in London, and finally home in the 1930s. After her nearly thirty years away, the letters more than ever now allowed Miles to share with 'her congenials' - friends in England, Europe, the USA and Australia - experiences, memories and, above all, her commitment to Australian literature.
The last letter in this collection was written only 16 days before her death. As well as Miles Franklin's own witty and provocative correspondence, the selection includes letters from her life-long friends, such as Alice Henry and Vida Goldstein, Katharine Susannah Pritchard, Dymphna Cusack and Beatrice Davis. Selected and edited by Jill Roe, the letters crackle with the surprises of a life richly lived.
Presented for the first time in one volume, with a fresh introduction and new notes, plus additional biographical data, this collection offers a rare insight into the mind and times of a brilliant woman.
About the Editor
Jill Roe, AO, is the Emeritus Professor of History at Macquarie University, Sydney. She is the author of numerous papers on Miles Franklin and her work.
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Comments about My Congenials:
I bought this because it was incredibly cheap and the subject matter was intriguing. Once I got it, I realised it was a treasure trove of letters to and from Miles Franklin, and included letters to and from Katharine Susannah Prichard, Western Australia's first internationally-known writer. I found it so informative that I bought a second copy for the library at the KSP Writers' Centre where I hope it will prove useful to our members who do any research about Katharine's life and work.
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 797
Published: 1st September 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Dimensions (cm): 12.9 x 19.8 x 5.2
Weight (kg): 0.55