Reappraisal Reading Circle: May Sinclair

November 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Salem Athenaeum
337 Essex St
Salem, MA 01970
Salem Athenaeum

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

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