My Brilliant Career

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by Miles Franklin
288 pages
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Tuesday, May 10 TIFF presents Books on Film: Gillian Armstrong on My Brilliant Career

Award-winning filmmaker Gillian Armstrong (Little Women, 1994) revisits her celebrated adaptation of Miles Franklin’s semi-autobiographical coming-of-age novel about “a turn-of-the-century heroine who seems to have wandered from the pages of a Louisa May Alcott novel into the Australian Outback” (Janet Maslin, The New York Times).

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The fierce, irreverent novel of aspiration and rebellion that is both a cornerstone of Australian literature and a feminist classic

Miles Franklin began the candid, passionate, and contrary My Brilliant Career when she was only sixteen, intending it to be the Australian answer to Jane Eyre. But the book she produced-a thinly veiled autobiographical novel about a young girl hungering for life and love in the outback-so scandalized her country upon its appearance in 1901 that she insisted it not be published again until ten years after her death.…