The Fortunes of Richard Mahony reflects the foundational years of Victoria through the restless, eventually harrowing narrative of the Mahony family, and centrally through the life of Richard Mahony, voyager, questor, idealist. This is the first time anywhere that all three novels have been published complete, simultaneously and accurately. The cuts that Richardson was obliged to make for the 1930 single-volume omnibus edition have all been restored from the author’s preferred version. The four chapters of her planned continuation — bringing the narrative up to the time of Gallipoli — are included. This unique edition includes notes and source material.
‘… in these three volumes we have one of the greatest novels not only of our generation but of our language … I ask myself what English novel can be placed in front of this one … Richard Mahony has been compared, not inaptly, with King Lear. But I see Henry Handel Richardson as another Balzac, with all the Frenchman’s passion for completeness in breadth and depth and height.’ – Arnold Palmer, Sphere, 19 January 1929