The Tysons

May Sinclair (1863 - 1946)

Another frank May Sinclair exploration of fin de si├Ęcle English love and sex, marriage and adultery, "The Tysons" is the story of the caddish Nevill Tyson and his beautiful but frivolous young wife Molly. Sinclair uses a different narrative voice than we hear in much of her fiction, a sort of witty Jane Austen archness as she dissects the characters of the provincial village Drayton Parva. As always, she demonstrates an intriguing mixture of Victorian prudishness and modern free-thinking, particularly in her rendering of the sexual escapades of her characters. The step-by-step fragmentation of the Tyson marriage seems predestined from the start, but the novel reveals, as Sinclair's novels always do, a passion for profound understanding of the human comedy and why we do what we do. Even though the story is told from the perspectives of mostly masculine characters, Sinclair uses their voices to shine a stark light on the many ways in which women were victimized at the time by being the chattel of the men in their lives, in particular the denigration of the female intellect in favor of the merely decorative feminine beauty which existed only for the male ego. - Summary by Expatriate

Genre(s): Literary Fiction, Romance, Satire

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 I. Mr Nevill Tyson Expatriate
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Play 02 II. Mrs Nevill Tyson Expatriate
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Play 03 III. Mr & Mrs Nevill Tyson at Home Expatriate
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Play 04 IV. The First Stone Expatriate
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Play 05 V. The Night Watch Expatriate
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Play 06 VI. A Son & Heir Expatriate
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Play 07 VII. Sir Peter's New Clothes Expatriate
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Play 08 VIII. Towards "The Cross-Roads" Expatriate
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Play 09 IX. An Unnatural Mother Expatriate
00:19:42
Play 10 X. Circumstantial Evidence Expatriate
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Play 11 XI. The Return of Odysseus Expatriate
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Play 12 XII. A Flat in Town Expatriate
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Play 13 XIII. Mrs Wilcox to the Rescue Expatriate
00:10:39
Play 14 XIV. The "Criterion" Expatriate
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Play 15 XV. Conflagration Expatriate
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Play 16 XVI. The New Life Expatriate
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Play 17 XVII. The Captain of His Soul Expatriate
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Play 18 XVIII. A Miracle Expatriate
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Play 19 XIX. Confessional Expatriate
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Play 20 XX. A Man & a Sphinx Expatriate
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Play 21 XXI. Out of the Night Expatriate
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Play 22 XXII. In the Desert Expatriate
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Play 23 XXIII. In Memoriam Expatriate
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