Henry Handel Richardson 1870
Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson’s life proved a rich source for her fiction. She set her first novel Maurice Guest (1908) in Leipzig, where she had studied and met her husband. The Getting of Wisdom (1910) mirrors her time as a boarder at the Presbyterian Ladies College. Her third novel, The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney (1930), which established her international reputation, charts the life of a character who owes much to her Irish father, a medical doctor who became mentally ill and died when she was only nine years old. her final novel, The Young Cosima appeared in 1939, while her unfinished memoir, Myself When Young appeared posthumously in 1948.
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