Henry Handel Richardson

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Richardson, Henry Handel


(pen name of Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson). Born Jan. 3, 1870, in Melbourne; died Mar. 20, 1946, in Hastings, Sussex. Australian writer.

Richardson graduated from a college in Melbourne and studied music in Leipzig. She lived in Europe beginning in 1888, settling in England in 1895. In the novels Maurice Guest (1908) and The Young Cosima (1939), Richardson combined a realistic depiction of man’s inner world with a Nietzschean idealization of the “strong” personality. The trilogy The Fortunes of Richard Mahony (1930) is set against a broad background of Australian and English life of the second half of the 19th century. It depicts the tragedy of a man of strong moral principles who is inwardly isolated. The work occupies an important place in the history of the Australian novel. Richardson also wrote the autobiography Myself When Young (published 1948).


Palmer, N. H. H. Richardson: A Study. Sydney, 1950.
Buckley, V. H. H. Richardson. Canberra, 1963.
Howells, G. H. H. Richardson: 1870–1946; A Bibliography. Canberra, 1970.
Green, D. Ulysses Bound: Henry Handel Richardson and Her Fiction. Canberra, 1973.
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Most previous books about her have been either novels--including one from 1939 entitled The Young Cosima by Australia's Henry Handel Richardson, to which for some reason Oliver Hilmes nowhere alludes--or hagiographies.
Her poems, works of criticism and her study of Henry Handel Richardson, entitled Ulysses Unbound, come to the reader's attention, as it were, in passing.
The recently formed Henry Handel Richardson Society undertook a very successful tour of houses and places associated with the author's childhood in Victoria over the period from 9 to 11 October 2008.
Tracey Caulfield is completing a PhD, a bibliography of Henry Handel Richardson.
In second place in the top 40 was 'The Man Who Loved Children' by Christina Stead, followed by 'The Fortunes of Richard Mahony' by Henry Handel Richardson, 'Dirt Music' by Tim Winston, and 'Voss' by Patrick White, who had five books in the list.