May Sinclair: Mary Olivier: A Life

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  • Leigh Wilson

In between The Tree of Heaven (1917) and Mary Olivier: A Life (1919), May Sinclair published a review in The Egoist entitled “The Novels of Dorothy Richardson” (April 1918, pp. 57-9), and in the differences between her novels of 1917 and 1919, it is possible to see the impact of Richardson’s work on Sinclair.

The Tree of Heaven begins in 1895 and follows the various cataclysms that shaped Edwardian society via a single family, the Harrisons. Through the children of the family, Sinclair deals with, for example, technological change, the suffrage movement, and the aesthetic innovations that began in Europe before the First World War. For Sinclair, and for the family, the greatest …

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Wilson, Leigh. "Mary Olivier: A Life". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 November 2003
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