Henry Handel Richardson

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  • Clive Probyn (Monash University)
  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume Australian Writing and Culture.

Henry Handel Richardson was the pen-name of Florence Lindesay Richardson who wrote all of her novels and short stories as an Australian expatriate in a style of European literary realism (Stendhal, Flaubert, Zola), although most of her subjects are not European. Her pseudonym, and her residence in Germany and England from 1888 until her death at Fairlight, Sussex, on 20 March 1946, occluded her identity and delayed her recognition as an Australian writer. She was hardly known in her own country until the international success of Ultima Thule in 1929, which that year won her the Australian Literature Society’s Gold Medal.

Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson was born on 3 January 1870 at Blanche Terrace in what is now …

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Probyn, Clive. "Henry Handel Richardson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 July 2010
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