May Sinclair (1863-1946), a popular British writer who wrote about two dozen novels, short stories and poetry, was an active suffragist, and member of the Woman Writers’ Suffrage League. From 1896 Sinclair wrote professionally to support herself and her mother, who died in 1901. Her 1913 novel The Combined Maze, the story of a London clerk and the two women he loves, was highly praised by critics, including George Orwell, while Agatha Christie considered it one of the greatest English novels of its time.
Praise for May Sinclair
“England’s leading woman novelist between the death of George Eliot and the rise of Virginia Woolf.” David Williams, Punch.
“A fascinating figure who was deeply immersed in the intellectual currents of her time, ” Anthony Domestico
“A modern Victorian,” Suzanne Raitt.
“This approachable innovator has been outrageously neglected.” The Guardian
One of the supernatural fiction writers that “one should make a point of seeking out.”
Jacques Barzun and Wikipedia
“Known for her innovations in the development of the psychological novel.” Encyclopedia Britannica
Celebrate the fellowship of the coming winter. Refreshments, seasonal music, and plenty of good cheer included!
Each holiday break, the Clothing Connection gifts a book to the children served during the winter season. These books, based on the students’ reading level and interests, are selected by the reading specialists at Carlton, Bates and Saltsonstall schools.
Please join the Clothing Connection for an afternoon of winter-themed poetry read by local writers at the Salem Athenaeum on Sunday, December 9 at 4 pm. Books will be available for “purchase” at the event. Alternatively, attendees can make a monetary donation to be put towards book costs.
Coffee and cocoa will be served.
Instructor Jacob Boucher—writing as Jack Badelaire
Historical fiction is popular, despite the fact that it is often an exercise in frustration for the story creators. In this Saturday morning workshop will explore the balance between fiction and history, and how the two can co-exist within one story in a way that appeals to the story’s target audience.
Brookline Consort presents an evening of winter carols by Alfred Burt, Francis Poulenc and Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols.
Saturday morning writing workshop.
Details to come.