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Notes on 'Pilgrimage'

Dorothy Richardson Annotated

George H. Thomson

Publication Year: 1999

Dorothy Richardson's thirteen-volume Pilgrimage is crowded with references from the last decade of the Victorian era and the first decade of the twentieth century. The interests of the protagonist Miriam Henderson are wide-ranging, from ecology to economics, from fiction to philosophy, from the mores of the family to the morals of the nation. Pilgrimage's stream-of-consciousness narrative evokes these references and interests in elusive, complex ways. Even accomplished readers, following in the wake of the heroine's personal revelations, are hard-pressed to understand aspects of the more public scene from turn-of-the-century England. Notes on 'Pilgrimage' , by identifying historical persons, events, ideas, quotations and writings that underpin Richardson's story, illuminates these factual details and enriches understanding of the narrative. A translation of all foreign words and phrases, a record of textual misprints and a thorough index add to the value of the book.

Published by: ELT Press


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Title Page, Copyright

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List of Illustrations

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p. viii

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pp. ix-xi

This book is subtitled Dorothy Richardson Annotated because the fictional life of Miriam Henderson and the actual life of Dorothy Richardson so frequently intersect that the annotations are as much about the author as about the fiction. This fictional world, grounded in historical time now one hundred years...

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Sources & Acknowledgments

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pp. xii-xiii

One of the great challenges of a work like Pilgrimage is locating unidentified quotations. In this pursuit, one must recognize that Richardson was sometimes less than accurate in recalling sayings, that in at least one case she gave to Miriam a convincing quotation artfully constructed from various details...

Technical Notes on Annotated Passages

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p. xiv

Abbreviations & Symbols

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p. xv

Bibliography of Works Frequently Cited

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pp. xvi-xviii

1. Annotations to Volume I

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pp. 1-69

2. Annotations to Volume II

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pp. 71-137

3. Annotations to Volume III

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pp. 139-213

4. Annotations to Volume IV

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pp. 215-275

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Appendix I. Misprints and Errors in Pilgrimage

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pp. 276-287

Dorothy Richardson was notably deficient in proof-reading her own work. This failure of vigilance was compounded by the errors typists inevitably made in transcribing her ornate handwriting. The result: texts which incorporated mistakes in transcription, foul-ups in type setting and oversights in proofing. Some of these defects in the first editions of the individual books making up...

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Appendix II. Index of Themes in Pilgrimage

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pp. 288-194

This Index is quite independent of my annotations and refers to Pilgrimage generally. Citations are by volume/page number only; line numbers are not included....

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Appendix III. Index of Annotated Subjects

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pp. 295-331

This Index is designed for the student who, having read Pilgrimage in whole or in part, experiences the frustration of trying to recall precisely and to locate accurately a passage, an idea, a subject, a saying, an event. With perseverance...

E-ISBN-13: 9780944318607
Print-ISBN-13: 9780944318126
Print-ISBN-10: 0944318126

Page Count: 352
Publication Year: 1999

OCLC Number: 607314682
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