About this exhibition

Dorothy Richardson’s letters are full of details about her daily life, her struggles with her work, her politics, and her prolific reading. They are a window into her friendships, her business strategies, and her day to day life, and together they constitute a remarkable biographical document.

The Dorothy Richardson Editions Project will be publishing Richardson’s collected letters in three volumes with OUP (as well as seven volumes of her fiction) but transcriptions can’t show the physicality of a letter, the beauty of handwriting, or the idiosyncrasies of thought revealed by mistakes or haste.

This exhibition aims to show you the letters as they were originally written, and invites you to enjoy the ‘thingness’ of a letter-as-object.

Portrait of Richardson and Odle

Dorothy Richardson and Alan Odle painted by Adrian Allinson in 1937