Miles Franklin was only 16 when she wrote her debut novel, “My Brilliant Career.” Despite her youth, critics praised the work as “glistening with precocious wisdom.” Set in the 1890s in misogynist rural Australia, the novel was withdrawn from publication shortly after its release. But it was re-published in 1966 and has never since been out of print.
The 1979 movie adaptation, if anything, expanded the novel’s popularity. It also launched two additional remarkable careers: It was Gillian Armstrong’s (“Little Women”) directorial debut and Judy Davis’ (“A Passage to India”) break-out performance as a major movie star. (more…)