Books: Cagey Subconsciousness

The most "abominably unknown" contemporary writer, according to Ford Madox Ford, is Dorothy Richardson, a 56-year-old, myopic Englishwoman. During the past 23 years she has published eleven volumes (eight in the U. S.) of a lifework called Pilgrimage. Ford ranks her with Proust, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf as an inventor of the "stream of consciousness" technique, believes her obscurity is due to critics' and readers' distaste for distinguished writing.

Last week Dorothy Richardson's completed Pilgrimage was published in the U. S. (Knopf, 4 vols., $3 ea., $10 per set), and U. S. readers...

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