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Dorothy Richardson was in her time, and remains, a singular novelist. Her fiction has never conformed to accepted categories, and still challenges literary critics. Her major work, the series of novels comprising Pilgrimage, is now being read as essential to the development of twentieth-century literature and feminism for its thematic and technical innovations. In addition to Pilgrimage, she wrote non-fiction monographs including art criticism, and contributed numerous reviews, essays, sketches, short stories, and poems to periodicals. She also translated several texts from German and French into English. The term 'stream of consciousness' was first applied to literature in a 1918 review of Dorothy Richardson's work by May Sinclair.
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17 May 1873 DR was born in Abingdon, Berkshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
September 1915 DR published Pointed Roofs, an autobiographical novel introduced by her friend J. D. Beresford. It is the first volume of her well-known and influential series, Pilgrimage. Bibliographic Citation link.
13 October 1938 The first complete edition of DR's Pilgrimage, including its twelfth and latest segment, Dimple Hill, was published in an omnibus set of four volumes in Britain and the United States. Bibliographic Citation link.
17 June 1957 DR died at a private nursing home in Albemarle Road in Beckenham, London. Bibliographic Citation link.
1967 Ten years after DR's death, a second and this time complete four-volume omnibus set of her Pilgrimage was published, including its thirteenth and final segment, March Moonlight, with an introduction by Walter Allen. Bibliographic Citation link.
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