Life and Death of Harriett Frean
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The subject of the novelEdit
The Life and Death of Harriett Frean is the story of Harriett Frean, a woman so afraid of life that she will eventually talk herself out of living it. The novel follows Harriet as she is raised to be the ideal Victorian woman. Harriett is proud of her self-sacrifice (which she believes is the highest love of all) but when she falls in love with her best friend's fiance she is forced to question everything she thought she knew. Having decided not to follow her heart Harriett spends the rest of her life trying to convince herself that she has done the right thing. Described as a "small, perfect gem of a book" by author Jonathan Coe.
The history of the novelEdit
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First published in 1922, The Life and Death of Harriett Frean is the only May Sinclair novel currently in print. It was republished by Penguin Books in 1986 and has been reprinted many times. It was also adapted into a BBC television show in 1986.
- Sinclair, May, The Life and Death of Harriett Frean (Virago)
- Coe, Jonathan. "My Literary Love Affair". The Guardian Online. Retrieved 7 March 2015.