Dorothy M. Richardson (1719 words)


Dorothy M. Richardson was a notable innovator in English prose writing, a pioneer in the rendering of modern women’s experience, and the first novelist to have the term “stream of consciousness” applied to her literary technique. She wrote short stories and essays, but her life’s work was the lengthy autobiographical novel Pilgrimage, published in twelve instalments (1915-38) during her lifetime and posthumously as a still-incomplete 13-part work in 1967. Pilgrimage begins as a coming-of-age novel or Bildungsroman in which we follow the progress towards self-realisation of the protagonist, Miriam Henderson, from the age of seventeen onwards, in a sequence of encounters and dialogues …

Citation: Baldick, Chris. "Dorothy M. Richardson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 June 2020 [, accessed 18 January 2021.]

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