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The Writer’s Almanac for May 17, 2017: I Knew a Woman

May 17, 2017: birthday: Dorothy Richardson

Today is the birthday of Dorothy Richardson (books by this author), born in Abingdon, just south of Oxford (1873). She published her first novel, Pointed Roofs, in 1915. It was the first stream-of-consciousness novel written in English. Richardson disliked the term, referring to the style as an “interior monologue.” Pointed Roofs ended up being the first in a 13-novel series called Pilgrimage, based on Richardson’s life. She’s often thought of as a feminist writer, and Virginia Woolf credited her with inventing “the psychological sentence of the feminine gender.”