May Sinclair was a novelist, poet, philosopher, translator, and critic. She was both popular and extremely prolific, writing twenty-three novels, thirty-nine short stories, and several poetry collections throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As a critic she promoted the work of Ezra Pound and the Imagist poets, and the novelist Dorothy Richardson, among others. She also wrote works of philosophy, and was actively involved in the key issues of her day: writing pamphlets for the suffrage movement, studying and propagating psycho-analytic thought, reviewing and responding to the birth of modernism, Vorticism and imagism. She even visited Belgium as part of an ambulance unit at the beginning of the First World War.
Follow the links above to read a brief biography of May Sinclair, and short articles on Sinclair and the First World War, her interest in Psychology and the phrase ‘stream of consciousness': Sinclair was the first person to use this phrase in a literary context. If you would like to contribute an article then please get in touch.
The May Sinclair Society was founded in July 2013 by Rebecca Bowler, Claire Drewery and Suzanne Raitt as a hub for modernist scholars, and as a means of promoting Sinclair’s work. In July 2014, Sheffield Hallam University hosted our first International Symposium of the May Sinclair Society, which was well-attended by academic scholars and members of Sinclair’s own family. The day-symposium was followed by a trip to Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales, where a walk taking in the settings for some of Sinclair’s novels was kindly hosted by Helen Clifford of the Swaledale Museum. Plans to publish critical editions of Sinclair’s works are underway.
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Rebecca Bowler, Claire Drewery and Suzanne Raitt (co-founders)