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May Sinclair, a major figure in the development of Modernism, wrote more than two dozen works ranging from novels (twenty-one of them), poetry, and collections of short stories to polemical pamphlets, philosophical treatises, translations, biography and a personal account of war experience. She was also a well-regarded book reviewer and literary critic. During her last decades she published nothing, and almost dropped from literary consciousness.
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24 August 1863 Mary (later May) Sinclair was born in a house called Thorncote in a new and elegant housing estate, Rock Park, in Higher Bebington near Liverpool. Bibliographic Citation link.
Spring 1882 The late-teenage MS (still known as 'Mary') published her first essay in the fifth number of the Cheltenham Ladies College Magazine: it was on Descartes. Bibliographic Citation link.
April 1918 MS was the first to apply the term "stream of consciousness" to literature, in a review of Dorothy Richardson's Pointed Roofs, Backwater, and Honeycomb. Bibliographic Citation link.
January-May 1919 Book One of MS's modernist novel Mary Olivier: A Life was serialised in The Little Review; in the same year the whole work was published by Cassell. Bibliographic Citation link.
September 1931 MS issued her final literary work, The Intercessor, and Other Stories; the New York edition appeared the next year. Bibliographic Citation link.
14 November 1946 MS died at Bierton, Buckinghamshire, after a long period of silence and inactivity caused by Parkinson's disease; she had also suffered a stroke. Bibliographic Citation link.
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