The Getting of Wisdom

    • 3.7 • 50 Ratings

Publisher Description

An Apple Books Classic edition.


Writing as Henry Handel Richardson, Ethel Richardson drew on her personal experience to tell the story of her fictional heroine, Laura Rambotham. At age 12, Laura’s mother sends her intelligent, high-spirited daughter to boarding school, even though she can barely afford it with the money she makes doing embroidery. Most of Laura’s classmates come from wealthy backgrounds and look down on her, but that’s not the only issue: Laura’s creativity is at odds with the school’s narrow-mindedness and focus on developing genteel ladies. Her mettle is tested as she navigates her way through a confusing and sophisticated world.


Initially published in 1910, The Getting of Wisdom is a timeless story of class conflict and the loss of innocence. The novel was adapted into a 1977 movie by Australian director Bruce Beresford.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
1910
December 31
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
298
Pages
PUBLISHER
Public Domain
SELLER
Public Domain
SIZE
343.3
KB

Customer Reviews

DaiAlanye ,

Lengthy Short-story

Despite it’s length, this description of an Aussie girl’s experience at boarding school toward the close of the eighteenth century is not a novel, for it comes to no conclusion. This Laura, unlike the American heroine of the same name and similar era, and quite unlike the English schoolboys Tom Brown and Stalky, seems to finish school without becoming a young adult.

It certainly held my interest but disappointed my hopes for growth of character. Others might find something I’ve missed.

Juzski ,

Good book

I have to tell someone about this book.

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