May Sinclair: Life and Death of Harriet Frean

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  • Leigh Wilson

Life and Death of Harriett Frean was published first in serial form in North American Review through the winter of 1920/21. It came out in novel form in Anglo-American modernism's annus mirabilis, 1922, sharing its publication date with Jacob's Room and with the book versions of Ulysses and The Waste Land. Beyond this, the novel's modernist credentials have been noted by most critics, from contemporary reviewers onwards. Rather than take that for granted, however, this article will investigate the novel's modernism. It will argue that the novel's significance resides in the problems it throws up regarding modernism, rather than simply in its modernist status.

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Wilson, Leigh. "Life and Death of Harriet Frean". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 November 2002
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