Reading early and arcane MLs

Thu Mar 11 11:59:40 EST 2004

Greg Brister wonders why the ML never published Dorothy 
Richardson's Pilgrimage.

There's a 1934 letter in the RH archives from Dale Warren of 
Houghton Mifflin Co. in which he suggests that Cerf consider 
a ML edition of  Pilgrimage, the sequence of novels 
published in the U.S. by Alfred A. Knopf. Warren notes, "The 
whole stream of consciousness business was really started by 
Dorothy Richardson" and adds, "I should think you could buy 
the rights for a song, and get some sale--although you would 
of course be making one of those superb gestures for which 
the Cerf-Klopfer twins are justly noted." 

Cerf never seriously considered the suggestion.  He replied 
that Klopfer would take up the matter with Warren when he 
was in Boston the following month. He then jokes: "My secret 
hunch is that Houghton Mifflin have a set of plates of this 
lemon somewhere on the premises and are trying to pawn them 
off on unsuspecting and naive young lads like ourselves." 

Barry Neavill

---- Original message ----
>Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 10:31:07 EST
>From: Jgbrister at  
>Subject: Re: Reading early and arcane MLs  
>To: modlib at
>   Ron,
>   As a PhD candidate studying literary modernism, I
>   can tell you that Sinclair is famous for being the
>   first to use Henry James's psychological term
>   "stream of consciousness" in a critical article
>   about fiction (she was writing about Dorothy
>   Richardson, whose _Pilgrimage_ is considered to be
>   the first "stream" novel by date--1913.  It's a
>   wonder why the ML didn't publish any of Richardson's
>   books . . .).  In any case, the publication of
>   Sinclair seems to be in keeping with the trend to
>   publish novels like _Portrait of the Artist_,
>   _Ulysses_, and Woolf's stuff at the time.  Most of
>   Sinclair's stuff is out of print now, as far as I
>   know.  One of the fantastic things about the ML is
>   the way is has kept affordable (and relatively)
>   accessible some of these vanguard texts that have
>   fallen by the wayside.
>   Greg Brister
>   List Lurker, first time replier
>   Lawrence, KS
Gordon B. Neavill
Associate Professor
Library and Information Science Program
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202
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