Miles Franklin

14 OCtober 1897 — 19 September 1954

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Miles Franklin, whose full name was Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin, wrote her first and most famous novel, My Brilliant Career, while she was still a teenager. Published in 1901, it is cherished as an early feminist work, with both its main character and its author refusing to accept the limitations applied to women at the time. While working as an active feminist, Miles also devoted herself to cultivating a uniquely Australian voice within Australian literature. In her will, she made a bequest that created the Miles Franklin Literary Award for novels that present the many phases of Australian life. Miles was never wealthy, so this must have meant years of scrimping and saving on her part, and showed her generous spirit and her deep commitment to other authors.

Want to know more? Of course you do.

Check out the home of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, which has been awarding excellence in Australian literature since 1957.

And then there's The Stella Prize , also named for Ms Franklin, which celebrates great books by Australian women.