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An Australian Girl

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As Australia began the process of breaking away from its status as a British colony, Catherine Martin was fascinated with the meaning of Australian culture and identity. She examines these issues through the story of the independent and intelligent Stella Courtland, a young girl who marries and finds herself hampered by the social constraints of her new life. In this ...more
Paperback, Oxford World's Classics, 470 pages
Published 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1890)
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G.G.
Oct 19, 2014 G.G. rated it really liked it
A gem of a novel by an author I'd never heard of before I found her on the Goodreads "Best Australian Literary Fiction and Poetry" list. (Many thanks to the reader/s who put her there!) At the girls' school I attended through the 1970s, we read a Shakespeare play every year; some poetry (the Romantics, T.S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath); and novels by the Brontes, E.M. Forster, D.H. Lawrence, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. All of which I'm glad to have read. Still, it's sobering to realize that less than a ...more
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Feb 27, 2016 Thomas O'Dell rated it really liked it
I was attracted to this book on Gutenberg.org (http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/50832) by the opening scene, where Stella the heroine deftly puts off the advances of her longtime suitor Teddy. My reaction was--yes! Don't ever marry him! I was looking forward to a book where the female lead actually takes charge and goes willingly into all the life provides.

I'm happy to say that, even though the plot turned out differently than I expected--quite differently--I still had a good amount of respect fo
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Catherine Edith Macauley Martin (1848-1937) was a Scottish born Australian author.
See also http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/marti...
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