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Mary Oliver

A Life

By May Sinclair

  • Paperback
  • £12.00

Born in 1865, Mary Olivier is the youngest of four children. Mamma dominates this Victorian household, idolising the boys, rejecting the independent love of her only daughter: the archetype of all women who control by weakness and suffering. Mary adores her mother- and she hates her. Ferociously intelligent, she vacillates between a passionate quest for her own artistic and sexual identity.

This is one of the first novels ever written about a mother and daughter relationship, and the eternal conflict engendered by the deepest of ties. But it is a celebration too: for though Mary sacrifices her life- and her lover- to the demands of duty, she emerges victorious, finding in the discovery of her intellectual and feminine self an inner freedom, a perfect happiness.

Biographical Notes

Born in Liverpool in 1863, May Sinclair had no formal education until the age of 18. She worked with Cicely Hamilton and Violet Hunt for the Suffragist cause and wrote a total of 24 novels in addition to philosophical works, poetry and criticism. She died in 1932.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780860681052
  • Publication date: 14 Apr 1980
  • Page count: 384
  • Imprint: Virago
A multi-levelled, absorbing, fiercely passionate story from a wonderfully gifted writer. — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
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