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Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893–1978)

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Værker af Sylvia Townsend Warner

Lolly Willowes, or The Loving Huntsman (1926) 1,524 eksemplarer
The Corner That Held Them (1948) 583 eksemplarer
Summer Will Show (1936) 489 eksemplarer
Kingdoms of Elfin (1976) 373 eksemplarer
Mr. Fortune's Maggot (1927) 188 eksemplarer
After the Death of Don Juan (1938) 164 eksemplarer
The True Heart (1929) 119 eksemplarer
T. H. White; a biography (1967) 100 eksemplarer
The Flint Anchor (1954) 98 eksemplarer
The Selected Stories (1988) 96 eksemplarer
Four in Hand: A Quartet of Novels (1986) 70 eksemplarer
Scenes of Childhood (1981) 64 eksemplarer
Swans on an Autumn River (1966) 46 eksemplarer
Letters (1982) 44 eksemplarer
English Climate: Wartime Stories (2020) 30 eksemplarer
The Innocent and the Guilty (1971) 25 eksemplarer
The Museum of Cheats (1947) 23 eksemplarer
The Portrait of a Tortoise (1946) 21 eksemplarer
The cat's cradle-book (1940) 21 eksemplarer
A Spirit Rises (1962) 19 eksemplarer
Jane Austen (1951) 18 eksemplarer
The Salutation (1932) 16 eksemplarer
Selected Poems (1985) 16 eksemplarer
A Garland Of Straw (1943) 13 eksemplarer
Modern Short Stories 2: 1940-1980 (1982) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
Opus 7 (1931) 12 eksemplarer
Somerset (1949) 8 eksemplarer
Elinor Barley (1930) 7 eksemplarer
Time Importuned (1928) 6 eksemplarer
Some World Far From Ours (1929) 6 eksemplarer
Dorset Stories (2006) 6 eksemplarer
Twelve Poems (1980) 5 eksemplarer
Boxwood, Twenty One Engravings (1960) 5 eksemplarer
The Espalier 4 eksemplarer
Sketches from nature 2 eksemplarer
Rainbow 2 eksemplarer
More Joy in Heaven 1 eksemplar
A Widow's Quilt 1 eksemplar
A Moral Ending 1 eksemplar
Emil 1 eksemplar
The Phoenix 1 eksemplar

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Love Letters (1996) — Bidragyder — 181 eksemplarer
The Fantastic Imagination (1977) — Bidragyder — 154 eksemplarer
Black Water 2: More Tales of the Fantastic (1990) — Bidragyder — 152 eksemplarer
The Big New Yorker Book of Cats (2013) — Bidragyder — 132 eksemplarer
The World of Mathematics, Volume 4 (1956) — Bidragyder — 123 eksemplarer
The Persephone Book of Short Stories (2012) — Bidragyder — 120 eksemplarer
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (2020) — Bidragyder — 108 eksemplarer
Elsewhere, Vol. II (1982) — Bidragyder — 104 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1990) — Bidragyder — 100 eksemplarer
The Fantastic Imagination II (1978) — Bidragyder — 96 eksemplarer
Poems Between Women (1997) — Bidragyder — 92 eksemplarer
Elsewhere, Vol. III (1984) — Bidragyder — 91 eksemplarer
The Treasury of English Short Stories (1985) — Bidragyder — 85 eksemplarer
Stories from The New Yorker, 1950 to 1960 (1958) — Bidragyder — 80 eksemplarer
The Oxford Book of Travel Stories (1996) — Bidragyder — 74 eksemplarer
The Gender of Modernism: A Critical Anthology (1990) — Bidragyder — 64 eksemplarer
55 Short Stories from The New Yorker, 1940 to 1950 (1949) — Bidragyder — 60 eksemplarer
Infinite Riches (1993) — Bidragyder — 54 eksemplarer
The Virago Book of Such Devoted Sisters (1993) — Bidragyder — 44 eksemplarer
Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001 (2014) — Bidragyder — 42 eksemplarer
Food Tales: A Literary Menu of Mouthwatering Masterpieces (1992) — Bidragyder — 38 eksemplarer
Escape: Stories of Getting Away (2002) — Bidragyder — 26 eksemplarer
A Different Sound: Stories by Mid-Century Women Writers (2023) — Bidragyder — 19 eksemplarer
Fairy Poems (2023) — Bidragyder — 15 eksemplarer
Modern Women Poets (2005) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
Visions and Imaginations: Classic Fantasy Fiction (2005) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
A Distant Cry: Stories from East Anglia (2002) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
Gender in Modernism: New Geographies, Complex Intersections (2007) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
The Bedside Lilliput (1950) — Bidragyder — 11 eksemplarer
Vader is de beste — Forfatter — 3 eksemplarer
The Furnival book of short stories (1932) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer
American Aphrodite (Volume One, Number Two) (1951) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
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Juridisk navn
Warner, Sylvia Nora Townsend
Andre navne
וורנר, סילביה טאונסנד
East Chaldon Churchyard, Dorset, England
Land (til kort)
England, UK
Harrow, Middlesex, England, UK
Maiden Newton, Dorset, England, UK
Harrow, Middlesex, England, UK
London, England, UK
Norfolk, England, UK
Frome Vauchurch, Dorset, England, UK
Maiden Newton, Dorset, England, UK
privately educated
short story writer
Ackland, Valentine (partner/lover)
Machen, Arthur (uncle)
Warner, George Townsend (father)
American Academy of Arts and Letters ( [1972])
The New Yorker
British Communist Party
Kort biografi
Sylvia Townsend Warner, born at Harrow on the Hill in Middlesex, England, was an only child who was educated at home, and she became an accomplished musician at a young age. At the outbreak of World War I, she went to work in a munitions factory in London, and began to write fiction. In 1930, she bought a cottage in the village of Chaldon Herring in Dorset, where she lived with poet Valentine Ackland for the rest of her life. During her career, Sylvia produced seven novels, including Lolly Willowes (1926), Summer Will Show (1936), The Corner that Held Them (1948), and The Flint Anchor (1954); four volumes of poetry; a volume of essays; and eight volumes of acclaimed short stories; as well as a biography of T.H. White. The Diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner, published after her death, contain vivid thoughts and reactions to the events of the London Blitz and World War II in general. She also translated Proust's Contre Saint Beuve into English.




An odd story, but beautifully written. Laura Willowes, a spinster, who, through childish mispronunciation, became known as Lolly. Set in the 1920s, Lolly rejected the safe, respectable, boring life with her brother and sister-in-law to live in an out of the way village named Great Mop. When she discovers her identity as a witch the story becomes much more interesting.
VivienneR | 68 andre anmeldelser | Apr 15, 2024 |
Sentence after sentence that makes you smile with delight. Very British, very witty, and a countryside I would not mind losing myself in. Besides this, this is a book about suffocating social conventions, women who are not allowed to have lives of their own, space of their own - and about how to win your life and space. I think this is the kind of book it is going to be a pleasure to re-read at some point.
Alexandra_book_life | 68 andre anmeldelser | Dec 15, 2023 |
the dominant character in this book is the countryside. it's a very pastoral novel and although the plot and character writing is good to me it felt of secondary importance. weirdly it reminds me of the kinks village green preservation society album. it feels like a paean to the traditional village which never changes - a certain character even says something like once a wood always a wood. weirdly the main character goes through all this effort just to stay still. I loved all the descriptions of the village and the countryside and "traditional living" and it made me want to live it pretty bad. the main story about a woman escaping her forced role etc is also good although I couldn't help thinking "well you're from a rich family and have an income so that's good" but also genuinely I feel like it's not emphasised so much and it only appears really explicitly near the end. idk it's good… (mere)
tombomp | 68 andre anmeldelser | Oct 31, 2023 |
Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner was such a cozy and truly delightful read. Crafted in three parts we get to know Laura, Lolly, in the wake of the death of her parents. She’s 28 at the start of the novel, unmarried, and not looking to be. She was extremely close with her father, who was the most recent to die, and her grief absolutely overtakes her. Her older brother and his wife decided they need to take care of her. They want to move her out of their country home, and then to London, which they think will be good for her grief. In doing so they end up (in my opinion) taking advantage of her agreeable state. She spends a lot of time with her nieces and nephews and ends up devoting 20 years in that service.

The first part really covers all of that. And we get a good sense of who her family is and what the Willowes are like. We don’t get hung up in the minutia of the day to day, but you see a lot of love between the family members and also a real disconnect between them. The lines of love and pity are constantly crossed and the family members are very different in terms of what they’re looking for in life or even in their religious and familial directives.

The second part focuses a lot more on Lolly’s coming of age after the 20 year period. She starts to realize how unfulfilled she is. She’s 47 years old and she’s figuring out who she is. It’s kind of an awakening.

The third part deals with the main excitement of the book of which I do not want to spoil, but I would say it escalated quickly and it gets fun and interesting as she continues to come into her own. This is absolutely charming and while the pacing was not always my favorite (and I wanted more of a certain sections than I got) ultimately it felt really special and I’m so glad that I finally read it.

There were really poignant messages of moving on from the wrongs people have done you, and not having to do so through forgiveness. As well as messages of not being good at things even though you want to be, and even though you feel called to a way of life. Lolly is, in so many ways, working against herself constantly… but that’s okay, and that’s realistic.

I would recommend this pretty much to anybody who’s looking for something cozy, with low stakes and enjoyable writing. I did pick this up thinking it was going to be very autumnal and it’s really not. But it didn’t bother me too much. A great feminist classic, though, and we’ll worth
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jo_lafaith | 68 andre anmeldelser | Sep 5, 2023 |


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