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Pilgrimage One: v. 1 (VMC) [Paperback]

Dorothy Richardson
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14 April 1989 VMC (Book 292)
'Pilgrimage' was the first expression in English of what it is to be called 'stream of conciousness' technique, predating the work of both Joyce and Woolf, echoing that of Proust with whom Dorothy Richardson stands as one of the great innovatory figures of our time. These four volumes record in detail the life of Miriram Henderson. Through her experience - personal, spiritual, intellectual - Dorothy Richardson explores intensely what it means to be a woman, presenting feminine conciousness with a new voice, a new identity.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; New Ed edition (14 April 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0860681009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860681007
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is no one word, such as romance or realism, to cover, even roughly, the works of Miss Dorothy Richardson. The chief characteristic is one we for which we still seek a name. She has invented a sentence we might call the pyshcological sentece of the feminine gender... proving that the novel is not hung on a nail festooned with glory, but, on the contrary, walks the high road, alive and alert, and brushes shoulders with real men and women (Virgina Woolf)

One of the real achievements of our time... Miss Richardson has achieved a miracle of performance (Rebecca West)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The forgotten Modernist... 5 Dec 2004
Dorothy Miller Richardson's status seems, unjustly, to have suffered something of a down-grading over the past fifty years ago. While she was actively publishing - roughly between 1915 and 1935 - she was obviously considered to be one of the Big Four of Modernist novelists writing in English, along with James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence. She was also probably the originator of the stream-of-consciousness technique (which we now take for granted as part of the novelist's toolkit, but which at the time was new and radical), getting in with the idea a few years before both Joyce and Woolf. However, while the reputations of Joyce and Woolf seem to just keep growing (and rightly so), shares in Dorothy Richardson seem to have been hit by panic selling.
This is a shame, for - judging by this book - she really is a writer who has a lot to offer. "Pilgrimage" is a series of thirteen semi-autobiographical novels chronicling in some detail the day-to-day life of Miriam Henderson, a bright but impoverished girl about town, from the age of seventeen onwards. Miriam is to some extent a self-portrait, and many (but not all) of the events in her life parallel Richardson's own life.
Volume I of the Virago edition of "Pilgrimage" consists of the first three books, "Pointed Roofs", "Backwater" and "Honeycomb". At the opening of "Pointed Roofs" (set in 1890), Miriam has just accepted a job as teacher-governess in a German boarding school, at the age of seventeen. (The fact that the series of novels opens with Miriam's first job was probably intended by Richardson as a political point.) She is one of four sisters who are the children of a blustering but ineffectual father, recently fallen upon hard times, and a loving but equally ineffectual mother.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is an exhilarating reading experience 11 Jan 2000
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I entered at Pilgrimage 2 and was captivated from the outset by the vividness of the writing. Richardson has the ability to represent the torrent of conflicting emotions an individual can experience for any given event, without losing the reader. She also exercises phenomenal control over the perspective, seeing everything throught the eyes of her protagonist, and creating a picture of daily life which allows the reader to experience the sensations even at thre remove of almost a century now. Why it is out of stock I can't imagine. Read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the first truly modern novels. 8 Jan 2000
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Dorothy Richardson was the first to publish a 'stream of consciousness' novel. preceding Proust, Woolf and Joyce, Pilgrimage is fascinating and well worth the challenge of 4 volumes and hundreds of pages.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Early C20 book 23 Aug 2009
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I am still reading this. Not a quick read but gives a view of a governess in Germany in early C20. May develop.
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