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In a publishing career that began in 1895 and first registered with the public in 1908, expatriate Australian Henry Handel Richardson produced six novels (three of which make up an epic trilogy), a collection of short stories, and an enigmatic volume of memoirs. Her literary forebears were more continental European than either English or Australian, and her intellectualism and experimentalism produced a mixed reception, but her reputation as one of the important writers of the earlier twentieth century now seems secure.
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3 January 1870 Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson (later the writer HHR) was born at 139 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy, in the boom town of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, "amid the crashings of a terrific thunderstorm," Bibliographic Citation link. her parents' elder daughter. Bibliographic Citation link.
August 1908 HHR published her first novel, Maurice Guest, which she had begun to write about eleven years before this. Bibliographic Citation link.
10 January 1929 Twenty-one years after publishing her first book, HHR completed her Australian trilogy with Ultima Thule, which far outsold her earlier books and brought her international reputation. Bibliographic Citation link.
20 March 1946 HHR died of stomach cancer at her home, Green Ridges in Tilekiln Lane at Fairlight near Hastings in Sussex, her great courage in physical pain buttressed by her belief in spiritualism. Bibliographic Citation link.
By mid-July 1948 HHR's autobiography, Myself When Young (titled from Edward FitzGerald's Rubàiyàt of Omar Khayyàm), appeared posthumously in print, as completed after her death by Olga Roncoroni. Bibliographic Citation link.
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