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 a short article on the phrase ‘stream of consciousness': Sinclair was the first person to use this phrase with relation to literature.
Coming soon: articles on Sinclair’s short fiction, Sinclair and the First World War, Sinclair and Philosophy. 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 the near future there will be a day conference dedicated to May Sinclair and her literary networks and context, and plans to publish critical editions of Sinclair’s works are underway. The website itself will be growing substantially over the next few weeks, and will feature short articles on Sinclair’s life, her philosophy, her literary criticism and her involvement with the First World War.
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Rebecca Bowler, Claire Drewery and Suzanne Raitt (co-founders)