About the Author
After his death, Richardson's mother took her children to Maldon where she worked as the postmistress.
Richardson was sent to board at the Presbyterian Ladies College in 1883--an experience that provided material for her novel "The Getting of Wisdom." At school she developed into a talented pianist and tennis player.
In 1888, she travelled to Europe with her mother and studied at the Leipzig Conservatorium where she met John George Robertson, a Scottish expert in German literature. The pair married and settled in London. She published her first novel, "Maurice Guest," in 1908. She took the pen name of Henry Handel Richardson and used it for all of her books.
Richardson made her only journey back to Australia in 1912 to complete her research for the trilogy that would become "The Fortunes of Richard Mahony." Her final novel "The Young Cosima" appeared in 1939. Henry Handel Richardson died in Sussex in 1946.
Germaine Greer is a well-known feminist and writer. Her books include "The Female Eunuch," "Daddy, We Hardly Knew You," "The Change," "The Obstacle Race" and "The Boy." She is professor of English and comparative studies at Warwick University, England.