May Sinclair

The Best British Short Stories of 1922


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Twenty-four short stories by famous and not-so-famous British authors. (Summary by David Wales) Note: A shortened section 21 was replaced o…

The Three Sisters


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Fascinated as she was by the lives of the Brontë siblings, May Sinclair loosely based her subtly sensual, quietly insurrectionary 1914 …

Anne Severn and the Fieldings


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Written in an era of cheap, formulaic romantic fiction, the nuanced, seditious, quietly erotic novels of May Sinclair stand out like literat…

The Tysons


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Another frank May Sinclair exploration of fin de siècle English love and sex, marriage and adultery, "The Tysons" is the st…

The Romantic


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As a simple story told, "The Romantic" is one of Sinclair’s tightest and most compelling. Charlotte Redhead, a young British secre…

A Defence of Idealism


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The philosophy of Idealism, revived in eighteenth-century Europe by George Berkeley, argued against philosophical materialism by maintaining…

A Journal of Impressions in Belgium


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In 1914, at the age of 51, the novelist and poet May Sinclair volunteered to leave the comforts of England to go to the Western Front, joini…

Life and Death of Harriett Frean


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Harriett Frean is a well-to-do, unmarried woman living a life of meaningless dependency, boredom, and unproductivity as she patiently cares …

The Flaw in the Crystal


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One of May Sinclair’s “uncanny” stories, this novella explores many of Sinclair’s most treasured themes: the bounds of marriage, the conflic…

Audrey Craven


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In May Sinclair’s remarkable first novel, Audrey Craven is a beautiful young woman who has by her idiosyncracies acquired a thoroughly undes…

Two Sides of a Question


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Here are two gemlike novellas in one volume, written in May Sinclair’s clearest and cleverest prose and exploring the many ways in which a w…

The Combined Maze


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Ranny Ransome is an idealistic young man, devoted to exuberant gymnastic exercises and to fighting “flabbiness” in his own life, body and so…

Mr. Waddington of Wyck


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May Sinclair’s 1921 novel tells the story of the ridiculous Mr. Horatio Bysshe Waddington, a pompous, self-deluded poser making his way thro…

The Creators: A Comedy


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Jane Holland is a genius, the greatest of a group of extraordinary literary friends. She has an intense artistic and intellectual kinship wi…

The New Idealism


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The genius of May Sinclair lies in her brilliant bridging of the Victorian and the modern eras, in her determination never to become ossifie…

The Tree of Heaven


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One of the most heart-breaking of all World War I novels, this family epic was written in the midst of the War itself, and shows the intense…

1916: First Chapters Collection


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These are first chapters to books first published in 1916. Readers, following is a tentative list culled from Wikipedia's article on the yea…

Tasker Jevons: The Real Story


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In this May Sinclair wartime masterpiece, dashing newsman Walter Furnival is an absurdly good catch: handsome, successful, athletic, intelli…