It’s become clear that I need one central place which links to all my Miles Franklin material. Following a tip from Lisa (ANZLL) I have added the tag ‘Miles Franklin’ to all the posts in which she appears – that’s Miles not Lisa – which hopefully makes them more searchable by Google. I have listed below as much as I can come up with of work by and about Franklin, in the order in which it was written, and added links as appropriate. At some date I’ll transfer this to a ‘page’, but not straight away.
Miles Franklin was born at her maternal grandmother’s property, Talbingo, in the highlands of southern New South Wales, on 14 October 1879, the eldest child of Australian-born parents, John Maurice Franklin and Susannah Margaret Eleanor Franklin, née Lampe (Roderick gives her mother’s names as Margaret Susannah Helena). Her christian names were Stella Maria Sarah Miles, and she was generally known as Stella. Her siblings were Ida Lampe (‘Linda’), Mervyn Gladstone, Una Vernon (died aged 6 months), Norman Rankin, Hume Talmage (‘Tal’) and Laurel.
Franklin was educated privately at the Franklin property, Brindabella from 1887-89 then at Thornford Public School, until she was 16.
She died on 19 September 1954 at Seacombe Private Hospital, Drummoyne, NSW. The cause of death was given as heart attack, chronic myocarditis and pleurisy. She was cremated and her ashes were scattered at Jounama Creek, Talbingo, since submerged by the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme.
Franklin left the bulk of her estate to fund the Miles Franklin Literary Award for ‘the Novel for the year which is of the highest literary merit and which must present Australian Life in any of its phases …’. From its inception in 1957 the Miles Franklin has grown to be Australia’s most important literary award. In 2013 women writers and publishers instituted another annual award named after Franklin, the Stella Prize for writing by Australian women in all genres.
My Brilliant Career (1901)
The End of My Career (1902 – unpublished) see My Career Goes Bung
On the Outside Track (1903 – unpublished) see Cockatoos
Some Everyday Folk and Dawn (1909)
The Net of Circumstance (1915) by Mr & Mrs Ogniblat L’Artsau
On Dearborn Street (1981), Review
Merlin of the Empiah/Mervynda (1925 – unpublished) see Prelude to Waking
Up The Country (1928) by Brent of Bin Bin, Review
Ten Creeks Run (1930) by Brent of Bin Bin, Review
Back to Bool Bool (1931) by Brent of Bin Bin, Review
Old Blastus of Bandicoot (1931)
Bring the Monkey (1933)
All That Swagger (1936)
Pioneers on Parade (1939) with Dymphna Cusack
My Career Goes Bung (1946), Review
Prelude to Waking (1950) by Brent of Bin Bin, Review
Cockatoos (1954) by Brent of Bin Bin, Review
Gentlemen at Gyang Gyang (1956) by Brent of Bin Bin, Review
Too many to list. See ‘essays, sketches’ in the Index, Roe, 2008
Life and Labor (1911-15) Journal of NWTUL
How the Londoner Takes his War (1916) by Dissenting Diarist, here
Ne Mari Nishta: Six Months with the Serbs (1918), here
Joseph Furphy: The Legend of a Man and His Book (1944) with Kate Baker
Laughter, Not for a Cage (1956)
Childhood at Brindabella (1963)
Jill Roe ed., My Congenials, Miles Franklin & Friends in Letters (1993)
Paul Brunton ed., The Diaries of Miles Franklin (2004)
Roe lists 31 plays by Franklin. I won’t list them all here unless I start reading them. A couple of interesting ones: ‘By Far Kaimacktcthalan’ deals with her time in Serbia in WWI; and ‘The Ten Mile’ after a number of iterations became the novel Old Blastus of Bandicoot.
Marjorie Barnard, Miles Franklin (1967)
Verna Coleman, Miles Franklin in America: Her Unknown (Brilliant) Career (1981)
Colin Roderick, Miles Franklin: Her Brilliant Career (1982), Review
W. Blake, Miles Franklin: Novelist and Feminist (1991)
Sylvia Martin, Passionate Friends (2001), Review
Jill Roe, Stella Miles Franklin: A Biography (2008), ANZLL Review
Colin Roderick, ‘Brent of Bin Bin’, The Australian Novel, Wm Brooks, Sydney, 1945
Henrietta Drake-Brockman, ‘Miles Franklin’, Australia Writes, T. Inglis Moore ed., Cheshire, Melbourne, 1953
Verna Coleman, Foreword, My Career Goes Bung, A&R, Sydney, 1980
Roy Duncan, Introduction, On Dearborn Street, UQP, Brisbane, 1981
Elizabeth Webby, Introduction, My Brilliant Career/My Career Goes Bung, A&R, Sydney, 1990
Miles Franklin was angry about her schooling (14.06.15), here
Such is Life, Abridged! (03.02.16), here
Miles Franklin’s War (25.04.16), here
Brent of Bin Bin, Miles Franklin (02.09.16), here
Miles Franklin, Canberra, the Griffins (12.12.16), here