Published May 2010
300 pages, Paperback
Henry Handel Richardson’s first novel is set in the musical world of Leipzig in the 1890s. Its extraordinary heroine, Louise, is Australian; her affair with the young English music student Maurice Guest ruins his life and career – and yet he has no choice, her captivation of him is such that he becomes the author of his own tragedy.
Maurice Guest is about ordinariness caught up with emotive power, provincialism among the exotic, the tragedy of a passion unworthy of its mastery.
Henry Handel Richardson - Henry Handel Richardson was the nom-de-plume of Ethel Florence Lindsay Richardson. Born in Melbourne in 1870, Ethel was taken to Europe in her teens, spending many years in Germany and England, where she died in 1945. Her other novels include The Getting of Wisdom and The Fortunes of Richard Mahony trilogy.
David Pryce-Jones - David Pryce-Jones has worked as a journalist and author. He was Literary Editor at the Financial Times from 1959-61, and The Spectator from 1961-63. He currently works as senior editor at National Review magazine and contributes to The New Criterion and Commentary. He is the author of nine novels and numerous works of non-fiction.
By the same author or foreword writer:Shirley's Guild
By David Pryce-Jones; Julie Myerson (Foreword)