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Issue Details: First known date: 1901... 1901 My Brilliant Career
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My Brilliant Career was written by Stella Franklin (1879-1954) when she was just nineteen years old. The novel struggled to find an Australian publisher, but was published in London and Edinburgh in 1901 after receiving an endorsement from Henry Lawson. Although Franklin wrote under the pseudonym 'Miles Franklin', Lawson’s preface makes it clear that Franklin is, as Lawson puts it 'a girl.'

The novel relates the story of Sybylla Melvyn, a strong-willed young woman of the 1890s growing up in the Goulburn area of New South Wales and longing to be a writer.

Adaptations

form y My Brilliant Career Eleanor Witcombe , Adelaide : Margaret Fink Productions , 1979 Z817179 1979 single work film/TV (taught in 7 units)

Based on the book by Miles Franklin, this feature film tells the story of an Australian country girl who, at the end of the nineteenth century, wants to make her own way in the outside world.

Rejecting an offer of marriage from a wealthy suitor (who is also her childhood friend), she instead finds herself obligated to work off her father's debt to a neighbouring family, for whom she works as governess and housekeeper. Returning home, she again rejects her suitor's proposal, this time in favour of writing a novel based on her experiences.

Reading Australia

This work has Reading Australia teaching resources.

Unit Suitable For

AC: Year 12 (Literature Unit 3)

Themes

adaptation of novel to film, Australia, Australian country life, film study, gender, love, narrative voice, setting, social reading, structure, women

General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking, Information and communication technology, Intercultural understanding

Notes

  • My Career Goes Bung is the sequel to My Brilliant Career.
  • Other formats: Available in sound recording, braille and large print formats. Brodie's Notes are also available.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2012 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
My Brilliant Career : Introduction, Jennifer Byrne , 1901-2012 single work criticism

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Edinburgh,
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      London,
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      William Blackwood ,
      1901 .
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      Source: Miles Franklin Literary Award website
      Extent: viii, 319p.p.
      Reprinted: 1902 , 1903 , 1904
      Note/s:
      • Preface by Henry Lawson.
    • Sydney,: Angus and Robertson , 1974 .
      Extent: x, 232p.p.
      Note/s:
      • With a Preface by Henry Lawson.
      • Part of the A & R classics series.
      ISBN: 0207128812 (pbk), 0207128715
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Angus and Robertson ,
      1979 .
      Extent: 229p.
      Edition info: Arkon paperbacks
      Note/s:
      • With a preface by Henry Lawson.
      ISBN: 0207142424 (pbk)
    • London,
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      England,
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      Virago ,
      1980 .
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      Source: Good Reads
      Extent: 232p.
      Reprinted: 1983
      Note/s:
      • Virago Modern Classics series.
      • With a new introduction by Carmel Callil.
      ISBN: 0860681939 (pbk)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      St. Martin's Press ,
      ca. 1980 .
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      Source: Bibliopolis
      Extent: x, 232p.p.
      Note/s:
      • With a new introduction by Carmel Callil.
      ISBN: 0312555997
    • London,
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      England,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Angus and Robertson ,
      1980 .
      Extent: 253p.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • Includes the film costume and set designs by Luciana Arrighi; additional decoration by Roger Janovsky.
      ISBN: 0207142521
    • Toronto, Ontario,
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      Canada,
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      Americas,
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      Lester and Orpen Dennys ,
      1981 .
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      Source: Open Library
      Extent: 232p.
      Note/s:
      • With a new introduction by Carmen Callil.
      ISBN: 0919630197
    • Cape Town,
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      South Africa,
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      Southern Africa, Africa,
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      David Philp ,
      1982 .
      Extent: 274p.
      Edition info: South African educational edition, with commentaries by Susan Gardner.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 0908396775
    • London,
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      England,
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      Folio Society ,
      1983 .
      Extent: 255p.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • With an introduction by Joan Aiken and drawings by Dodie Masterman.
    • Kensington, Randwick area, Sydney Eastern Suburbs, Sydney,: Times House , 1984 .
      Extent: x, 232p.p.
      ISBN: 0858356937
  • Appears in:
    y Great Australian Writers : Miles Franklin, Henry Handel Richardson, Mrs Aeneas Gunn, Ruth Park Miles Franklin , Henry Handel Richardson , Mrs Aeneas Gunn , Ruth Park , London : Heinemann , 1987 Z1335920 1987 selected work novel London : Heinemann , 1987 pg. 11-190
    • North Ryde, Ryde - Gladesville - Hunters Hill area, Northwest Sydney, Sydney,: Eden Paperbacks , 1987 .
      Extent: 232p.
      Reprinted: 1990
      ISBN: 0207158185
      Series: Eden Paperbacks Angus and Robertson (publisher), 1987 series - publisher This paperback imprint of Angus and Robertson was launched in September 1987. The first titles included Upfield's Winds of Evil and Derryn Hinch's Death at Newport.
    • Harlow, Essex,
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      England,
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      Longman ,
      1989 .
      Extent: xxxvi, 302p.p.
      ISBN: 0582017297 (pbk)
  • Appears in:
    y My Brilliant Career [and] My Career Goes Bung Miles Franklin , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1990 Z407359 1990 selected work novel (taught in 7 units) North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1990 pg. 3-258
    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney,: HarperCollins , 2001 .
      Extent: xv, 259p.p.
      Edition info: A&R Classics
      ISBN: 0207197245 (pbk), 0207197407 (pbk)
    • Link: Full text document This is an etext of the work produced for Project Gutenberg in plain text. See copyright information on site for any usage restrictions.
      Note/s:
      • Etext of the 1901 edition, with preface by Henry Lawson.
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Penguin USA ,
      2007 .
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      Source: Good Reads
      Extent: xxvii, 253 p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Sandra M. Gilbert.
      • Bibliography: p. [xxiii]-xxvii.
      ISBN: 9780143105053 (pbk.)
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2012 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 1v.p.
      Note/s:
      • Introduced by Jennifer Byrne. Introduction indexed separately.
      • Publication date: 26 April 2012.
      ISBN: 9781921922190 (pbk.)
      Series: y Text Classics Text Publishing (publisher), Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2012- Z1851461 2012 series - publisher novel 'Great books by great Australian storytellers.' (Text website.)
Alternative title: Waga seishun no kagayaki
Alternative title: わが青春の輝き
Language: Japanese
    • Tokyo, Honshu,
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      Japan,
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      East Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
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      Sanrio ,
      1981 .
      Extent: 322p.
      Description: illus.

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Hero and Tragedy : An Analysis of Sybylla Melvyn in My Brilliant Career Li Fangtao , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: 澳大利亚文化研究 , June vol. 1 no. 2 2016; (p. 45-57)

'My Brilliant Career, published in 1901, is the first and also the most influential work of Australian writer Miles Franklin (1879—1954). It depicts a “new woman image” which represents an ambitious, imaginative, rebellious bush girl and genuinely reflects the late 19th century Australia. She rebels and fights but fails to get out of the colonial women’s miserable life without any patriarchal persecution. She is reproached and excluded by public. She is left lonely and helpless and is nearly on her breakdown. She is a brave warrior of feminism, but still another tragic character of patriarchy.'

Source: Abstract.

12 Books Every Australian Should Read Anna Vallen , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Geographic [Website] , February 2016;
'Take a literary journey to the interior with these 12 must-read Australian books, representing a cross section of Australian literature, meditating on landscape, history and what makes us Australian.'
To Kill a Mockingbird, My Brilliant Career and Long-Lost ‘Sequels’ Michelle Smith , 2015 single work essay
— Appears in: The Conversation , 9 February 2015;
26 Aussie Books You Must Read Blanche Clark , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 January 2015; (p. 18-19)
'With Australia Day upons us...26 great Australian Books that have helped shape and define our nation...'
Untitled Freda Barrymore , 1930 single work review
— Appears in: The North Queensland Register , 21 June 1930; (p. 35)

— Review of My Brilliant Career Miles Franklin 1901 single work novel ; Ten Creeks Run : A Tale of the Horse and Cattle Stations of the Murrumbidgee Brent of Bin Bin 1930 single work novel
Untitled Yoshua Wakeham , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , no. 14 2012; (p. 28)

— Review of My Brilliant Career Miles Franklin 1901 single work novel
Untitled Maurice Dunlevy , 1966 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 26 March 1966; (p. 13)

— Review of My Brilliant Career Miles Franklin 1901 single work novel ; Bush Studies Barbara Baynton 1902 selected work short story
The Backward Glance Brian Elliott , 1966 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May vol. 5 no. 7 1966; (p. 134-135)

— Review of My Brilliant Career Miles Franklin 1901 single work novel ; The Pea Pickers Eve Langley 1942 single work novel ; The Long Prospect Elizabeth Harrower 1958 single work novel ; Bush Studies Barbara Baynton 1902 selected work short story
Untitled Grahame Johnston , 1966 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 7 May 1966; (p. 9)

— Review of My Brilliant Career Miles Franklin 1901 single work novel ; Literary Australia 1966 anthology criticism ; Bush Studies Barbara Baynton 1902 selected work short story
The New Woman in the New World : Evelyn Dickinson and a New Type of Australian Heroine Gillian Sykes , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , Summer vol. 16 no. 1 2001; (p. 1-21)
Miles Franklin: The Outside Track Anna Rutherford , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Multiple Worlds, Multiple Words : Essays in Honour of Irene Simon 1988; (p. 239-256) Breaking Circles 1991; (p. 118-143)
The Olive Schreiner of Australian Literature Nettie Palmer , 1932 single work criticism
— Appears in: Illustrated Tasmanian Mail , 16 June 1932; Nettie Palmer : Her Private Journal Fourteen Years, Poems, Reviews and Literary Essays 1988; (p. 419-422)
A Comet of Wonder Fallen to Earth: The Diaries of Miles Franklin Paul Brunton , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 255 2003; (p. 35-40)
Images of Woman in Miles Franklin's My Brilliant Career and Alice Munro's Who Do You Think You Are? N. E. Pavithra , 1994-1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Commonwealth Review , vol. 6 no. 2 1994-1995; (p. 79-84)
Last amended 23 May 2017 09:19:08
Subjects:
  • Monaro, Cooma area, Cooma - Snowy - Bombala area, Southeastern NSW, New South Wales,
  • Goulburn, Goulburn area, Southern Highlands - Southern Tablelands, Southeastern NSW, New South Wales,
Settings:
  • Goulburn, Goulburn area, Southern Highlands - Southern Tablelands, Southeastern NSW, New South Wales,
  • 1890s
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