Dorothy Richardson was born May 17, 1873 in England and died June 17, 1957.
Her book, Pilgrimage, is a sequence of 13 novels in which she uses stream of consciousness, a narrative writing technique, and writes about the importance of female experiences. The stream of consciousness technique uses interior monologue in writing.
Edgar Allan Poe’s story, “The Tell-Tale Heart” foreshadowed the stream of consciousness. The technique influenced James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Marcel Proust, T. S. Elliot among others.
Richardson met H. G Wells in the early 1900’s, had an affair with him, and became pregnant with his child. She wanted to raise the child herself but she miscarried. Some Richardson quotes:
“The question was not how to get a job, but how to live by such jobs as I could get.”
“Coercion. The unpardonable crime.”
“If there was a trick, there must be a trickster.
H. G. Wells quotes:
“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.”
“Our true nationality is mankind.”
“We all have our time machines, don’t we. Those that take us back are memories…And those that carry us forward, are dreams.”
“Losing your way on a journey is unfortunate. But, losing your reason for the journey is a fate more cruel.”
“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.”
“If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn’t expecting it.”