The Getting of Wisdom : Not ‘Merry’ at All

Abstract

McFarlane challenges Richardson’s assertion that The Getting of Wisdom is a “merry little book” by revealing the bleakness of the narrative in several key scenes. McFarlane stresses the disappointment and embarrassment for Laura in these scenes and, while not subscribing to strict biographical criticism, praises the transfer of fact from life to art because of the power it produces.

The full text of this essay is available to ALS subscribers

Please sign in to access this article and the rest of our archive.

Not a member? Subscribe now from only $24/year

Published 1 May 1977 in Volume 8 No. 1. Subjects: Australian novels & novelists, Autobiographies, Decay, Narrative techniques.

Cite as: McFarlane, Brian. ‘The Getting of Wisdom : Not ‘Merry’ at All.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 8, no. 1, 1977. https://doi.org/10.20314/als.132e523bbb.