Richardson, Henry Handel


Richardson, Henry Handel
orig. Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson

born Jan. 3, 1870, Melbourne, Austl.
died March 20, 1946, Fairlight, Sussex, Eng.

Australian-born English novelist.

In 1888 she left Australia to study music in Germany, and she spent the rest of her life abroad, settling in England in 1904 with her husband, J.G. Robertson. Maurice Guest (1908), her antiromantic first novel, concerns a music student's disastrous love affair. Her masterpiece, The Fortunes of Richard Mahony, 3 vol. (1917–29), combining description of an Australian immigrant's life and work in the goldfields with a powerful character study, is considered the crowning achievement of modern Australian fiction to that time.

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▪ Australian novelist
pseudonym of  Ethel Florence Lindesay Robertson , née  Richardson 
born Jan. 3, 1870, Melbourne
died March 20, 1946, Fairlight, Sussex, Eng.

      Australian novelist whose trilogy The Fortunes of Richard Mahony, combining description of an Australian immigrant's life and work in the goldfields with a powerful character study, is considered the crowning achievement of modern Australian fiction to that time.

      From 1883 to 1887 Richardson was a pupil at the Presbyterian Ladies' College in Melbourne. In 1888 she left Australia to study music in Leipzig and spent the rest of her life abroad, making only one brief visit to Australia in 1912. In Leipzig she met J.G. Robertson, whom she married in Dublin in 1895 and who in 1904 was appointed the first professor of German literature at the University of London. She abandoned the idea of becoming a concert pianist and began writing.

      In Germany she began her first novel, Maurice Guest (1908), the story of a young English music student in Leipzig whose career and life are ruined by a tragic love affair. In 1904 she and her husband settled in England. Her second novel, The Getting of Wisdom (1910), is an account of her life at the boarding school in Melbourne. On completing it she began the trilogy that occupied the next 20 years of her life, The Fortunes of Richard Mahony (1930; Australia Felix, 1917; The Way Home, 1925; Ultima Thule, 1929). The central character is based to a large extent on her father (who had emigrated from Dublin to Australia and who died in 1879), reconstructed with the help of his letters and diaries. The novel is a detailed and sympathetic account of his tragic life, in particular of his inability to adjust himself to his adopted country. Her last novel, The Young Cosima (1939), is a reconstruction of the love triangle of Richard Wagner, Cosima Liszt, and Hans von Bülow. She also wrote a number of short stories, published as The End of a Childhood and Other Stories (1934), and an unfinished autobiography, Myself When Young (1948).

Additional Reading
Leonie Kramer, Henry Handel Richardson and Some of Her Sources (1954); Dorothy Green, Ulysses Bound (1973, reissued as Henry Handel Richardson and Her Fiction, 1986); Karen McLeod, Henry Handel Richardson: A Critical Study (1985); Axel Clark, Henry Handel Richardson: Fiction in the Making (1990).

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