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by Henry Handel Richardson

Category: Ethnic and National
Subcategory: Memoris and Biographies
Author: Henry Handel Richardson
ISBN: 0385277873
ISBN13: 978-0385277877
Language: English
Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (March 1, 1983)
Pages: 562
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Series: A Virago modern classic. Paperback: 233 pages.

Series: A Virago modern classic. ISBN-13: 978-0385271899. Package Dimensions: . x . inches.

The author's real mame was Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson. About the author: Henry Handel Richardson is a pen-name Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson - an Australian writer. This book is a sort of the author’s auto-biography: by reading her biography, one learns that After visiting relations in England, the family moved to Leipzig, Germany, where Ethel enrolled at the Royal Conservatorium in April 1889 to study the piano, and her sister the violin.

Henry Handel Richardson. They hummed like bees before a hive. Maurice Guest, who had come outamong the first, lingered to watch a scene that was new to him, ofwhich he was as yet an onlooker only

Henry Handel Richardson. Maurice Guest, who had come outamong the first, lingered to watch a scene that was new to him, ofwhich he was as yet an onlooker only. Here and there came a member ofthe orchestra; with violin-case or black-swathed wind-instrument inhand, he deftly threaded his way through the throng, bestowing, as hewent, a hasty nod of greeting upon a colleague, a sweep of the hat onan obsequious pupil.

Maurice Guest (1908) is the debut novel by Australian writer Henry Handel Richardson. In turn-of-the-century Leipzig, Maurice Guest, a young English provincial, falls madly in love with an Australian woman, Louise Dufrayer

Maurice Guest (1908) is the debut novel by Australian writer Henry Handel Richardson. In turn-of-the-century Leipzig, Maurice Guest, a young English provincial, falls madly in love with an Australian woman, Louise Dufrayer

Henry Handel Richardson's first novel, Maurice Guest, explores the consuming power of sex and love. I republished it as a Virago Modern Classic in 1981, convinced that it would sell in considerable quantities and be accepted as the masterpiece I thought it to be. I was wrong.

Henry Handel Richardson's first novel, Maurice Guest, explores the consuming power of sex and love. On its centenary, Carmen Callil looks into the mystery that still surrounds the story and its author. Maurice Guest continues, now as then, to be always forgotten, always rediscovered.

Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson (3 January 1870 – 20 March 1946), known by her pen name Henry Handel Richardson, was an Australian author

Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson (3 January 1870 – 20 March 1946), known by her pen name Henry Handel Richardson, was an Australian author. Born in East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, into a prosperous family that later fell on hard times, Ethel Florence (who preferred to answer to Et, Ettie or Etta) was the elder daughter of Walter Lindesay Richardson MD (c. 1826–1879) and his wife Mary (née Bailey).

Henry Handel Richardson was born in Melbourne in 1870. Richardson was sent to board at the Presbyterian Ladies College in 1883, an experience that provided material for her novel The Getting of Wisdom. In 1888, she travelled to Europe, married and settled in London. Richardson published her first novel, Maurice Guest, in 1908. Her final novel The Young Cosima appeared in 1939. Germaine Greer is a well-known feminist and writer. Henry Handel Richardson.

Virago Modern Classics (Book 528). Daphne du Maurier lived in her beloved Cornwall for most of her life. Its rugged coastline, wild terrain, and tumultuous weather inspired her imagination, and many of her works are set there, including 'Frenchman's Creek', 'Jamaica Inn', and 'Rebecca'. Here she celebrates the land she loved, exploring its legends, its history, and its people, and eloquently makes a powerful plea for Cornwall's preservation. Carmen Callil founded Virago Press in 1972 and later became managing director of Chatto & Windus and the Hogarth Press

A passionate and controversial novel, set in turn-of-the-century Europe  . Henry Handel Richardson was born in Melbourne in 1870. Carmen Callil founded Virago Press in 1972 and later became managing director of Chatto & Windus and the Hogarth Press. Since 1995 she has worked as a writer and critic.

48 The Getting of Wisdom Henry Handel Richardson. 49 Maurice Guest Henry Handel Richardson. 50 The Yellow Wallpaper Charlotte Perkins Gilman. 51 The House in Dormer Forest Mary Webb.

Maurice Guest's dream of becoming a great pianist is ruined by his destructive relationship with pianist Louise Dufrayer, who remains obsessed with thoughts of her old lover, Schilsky
Comments to eBook Maurice Guest (Virago Modern Classic)
Ishnllador
I read, and studied this author's , "The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney" (pronounced "Mahnee") fifty-four years ago, and loved it. My wife urged me to read "Maurice Guest" many years ago, and I have finally done it. It is magnificent, and I consider H H Richardson to be Australia's finest author. I find a lot of George Eliot in it. Her command of language is wonderful, and she embarks on sweeping, powerful descriptions, confident in her ability to hold an intelligent reader.
She breaks all today's rules on the way. Do not enter here if you afraid of adverbs, universal point of view and powerful, passionate description. To use that over-used word again, I repeat that it is passionate. There are ironic characters worthy of Jane Austen, and the central female character is a kind of Heathcliff.
The depiction of Leipzig Conservatorium of the 1890s is amazingly contemporary. The behaviour of the students, the academic infighting, the ebb and flow of artistic fashions are all with us today. It is one of the rare books about music which rings true and from the 1960s to the present I will vouch for its accuracy. Far from afflicting us with conventional Victorian values, Richardson shows us the demi-monde which always existed alongside.
Not the least interesting aspect is the issue of English as opposed to Continental views - on music, art, beauty. Some of these arguments are visited a number of times, but always with a different aspect to deepen our understanding. Louise is the central character - a peculiar creature, irresistibly attractive but a law unto herself. Richardson's description of Maurice's infatuation is uncanny in its passion (there's that word again). It is sensuous writing of the highest order.
Is beauty a gift? Or is it a talent? Is decent Maurice a lovelorn swain, or a manipulative schemer?
Everything that happens in this book I feel to be believable and true. I've seen it and I have no doubt H H Richardson did too. She just happened to write a great book about it.
Nayatol
Beautiful book by a neglected early 20th century Australian/british author. But this particular printing is impossible; looks like a bound term paper from a college student. Buy it in another format.
post_name
I found the detail and drawn out way the author explained every feeling and every scene tiresome. I was also, of course, as everyone would be, I imagine, very disappointed in the ending. What a waste of a life for someone so talented! and was sure he would rise above his love for this unworthy girl, and get on with his life!

(sorry for my typing error - I meant scene, not scent!)
Grari
This is, perhaps, the silliest book that I have ever chanced across: It is the world of crinolines, furbelows and, above all, terribly florid writing. It's not the gratuitous untranslated German scattered about the pages that is so off-putting, nor is it the musicological terminology that these students bandy about in fin-de-siècle Leipzig that so grates upon one's sensibility. It's the ubiquity of the "At the expiry of a fortnight..." phraseology and the endless clichés which Henry (nom de plume of Ethel Florence) Richardson employs herein that cause one to feel that one is sinking into a lilac-scented sump as one ploughs through this lengthy opus. It's her lazy abuse of her native ENGLISH that so tries one.

Add to this the deeper problem: She's gets the psychology of love so wrong that one scarcely knows where to begin. The book is about the unrequited, obsessive love of our eponymous non-entity, Maurice Guest. At one point, our omniscient narrator (aka Richardson) describes Maurice, torturing himself over his femme fatale's, Louise's, former lovers:

"But it was not jealousy; it was only a craving for certainty in any guise, and the more surely Maurice felt that he would never gain it, the more tenaciously he strove."

But - as anyone who has read Proust couldn't help but exclaim here - IT IS JEALOUSY! When one falls in love, one desires to possess the beloved at all points in space and time. One wants to "enter their universe," an impossibility. Thus for Proust - and for anyone who has been in love and given the matter any thought - Maurice's search for bygone lovers is jealousy in its purest form, call it what you will. But Richardson is no Proust. She has all too many scruples and doesn't realise that such jealousy is, in point of fact, the only sure test of whether one is truly in love.

Really, the book any reader should be reminded of by this milieu and subject is not necessarily Proust; it is Maugham's Of Human Bondage. But Maugham has a respect and regard for Phillip that Richardson never shows for Maurice.

Enough. I wish that I could think of one redeeming feature, after a week's reading, that would allow me to give this book at least two stars. But I simply can not.
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