May Sinclair

(1863—1946) novelist and philosopher

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(Mary Amelia St Clair Sinclair) (1863–1946), novelist, a supporter of women's suffrage. Among the most notable of her 24 novels are The Divine Fire (1904), The Three Sisters (1914, a study in female frustration with echoes of the Brontë story), The Tree of Heaven (1917), Mary Olivier: a life (1919), and Life and Death of Harriett Frean (1922). The last two are stream‐of‐consciousness novels, taking a woman from girlhood to unmarried middle age, and both show themselves keenly aware (though not necessarily wholly critical) of woman's tendencies towards self‐denial. Her novels had a considerable influence on R. West and R. Lehmann, but were largely forgotten until their revival (by Virago) in the 1980s.

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