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May Sinclair

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May Sinclair

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May Sinclair (1863-1946) is one of the forgotten modernists. Close friends with Ezra Pound, Ford Madox Ford, Robert Frost, and others, Sinclair was the first British writer to praise T.S. Eliot's Prufrock and Other Observations, the first critic to use the term "stream-of-consciousness" to describe a literary technique, and the creator of a powerful, formally experimental female Bildungsroman in Mary Olivier (1919). She primarily wrote novels of ideas, as her precocious female protagonists grappled with Greek philosophy, Spinoza, and Christian mysticism. Sinclair, who wrote numerous tracts on philosophical idealism and was well versed in Freudian psychology, stands at the intersection of art and intellectual life, of literature and philosophy.