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Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893–1978)

Autor(a) de Lolly Willowes, or The Loving Huntsman

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Obras por Sylvia Townsend Warner

The Corner That Held Them (1948) 573 exemplares
Summer Will Show (1936) 483 exemplares
Kingdoms of Elfin (1976) 372 exemplares
Mr. Fortune's Maggot (1927) 186 exemplares
After the Death of Don Juan (1938) 162 exemplares
The True Heart (1929) 118 exemplares
T. H. White; a biography (1967) 98 exemplares
The Flint Anchor (1954) 97 exemplares
The Selected Stories (1988) 96 exemplares
Four in Hand: A Quartet of Novels (1986) 70 exemplares
Scenes of Childhood (1981) 64 exemplares
Swans on an Autumn River (1966) 46 exemplares
Letters (1982) 44 exemplares
English Climate: Wartime Stories (2020) 30 exemplares
The Innocent and the Guilty (1971) 25 exemplares
The Museum of Cheats (1947) 23 exemplares
The Portrait of a Tortoise (1946) 21 exemplares
The cat's cradle-book (1940) 21 exemplares
A Spirit Rises (1962) 19 exemplares
Jane Austen (1951) 18 exemplares
Selected Poems (1985) 17 exemplares
The Salutation (1932) 16 exemplares
A Garland Of Straw (1943) 13 exemplares
Modern Short Stories 2: 1940-1980 (1982) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Opus 7 (1931) 12 exemplares
Somerset (1949) 8 exemplares
Elinor Barley (1930) 7 exemplares
Time Importuned (1928) 6 exemplares
Some World Far From Ours (1929) 6 exemplares
Dorset Stories (2006) 6 exemplares
Twelve Poems (1980) 5 exemplares
Boxwood, Twenty One Engravings (1960) 5 exemplares
The Espalier 4 exemplares
Sketches from nature 2 exemplares
Rainbow 2 exemplares
More Joy in Heaven 1 exemplar
A Widow's Quilt 1 exemplar
A Moral Ending 1 exemplar
Emil 1 exemplar
The Phoenix 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Northanger Abbey (1817) — Introdução, algumas edições21,421 exemplares
The Book of Merlyn (1941) — Prologue, algumas edições3,674 exemplares
50 Great Short Stories (1952) — Contribuidor — 1,239 exemplares
Spells of Enchantment: The Wondrous Fairy Tales of Western Culture (1991) — Contribuidor — 557 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales (1993) — Contribuidor — 366 exemplares
75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World's Literature (1961) — Contribuidor — 295 exemplares
The Oxford Book of English Short Stories (1998) — Contribuidor — 189 exemplares
Love Letters (1996) — Contribuidor — 180 exemplares
The Fantastic Imagination (1977) — Contribuidor — 154 exemplares
Black Water 2: More Tales of the Fantastic (1990) — Contribuidor — 152 exemplares
The Big New Yorker Book of Cats (2013) — Contribuidor — 129 exemplares
The World of Mathematics, Volume 4 (1956) — Contribuidor — 123 exemplares
The Persephone Book of Short Stories (2012) — Contribuidor — 119 exemplares
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (2020) — Contribuidor — 108 exemplares
Elsewhere, Vol. II (1982) — Contribuidor — 103 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1990) — Contribuidor — 99 exemplares
The Fantastic Imagination II (1978) — Contribuidor — 95 exemplares
Elsewhere, Vol. III (1984) — Contribuidor — 91 exemplares
Poems Between Women (1997) — Contribuidor — 91 exemplares
The Treasury of English Short Stories (1985) — Contribuidor — 84 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Travel Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
Stories from The New Yorker, 1950 to 1960 (1958) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
The Gender of Modernism: A Critical Anthology (1990) — Contribuidor — 64 exemplares
55 Short Stories from The New Yorker, 1940 to 1950 (1949) — Contribuidor — 60 exemplares
Infinite Riches (1993) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
The Virago Book of Such Devoted Sisters (1993) — Contribuidor — 44 exemplares
Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001 (2014) — Contribuidor — 41 exemplares
Food Tales: A Literary Menu of Mouthwatering Masterpieces (1992) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
Escape: Stories of Getting Away (2002) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
A Different Sound: Stories by Mid-Century Women Writers (2023) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
Modern Women Poets (2005) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Visions and Imaginations: Classic Fantasy Fiction (2005) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Fairy Poems (2023) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
A Distant Cry: Stories from East Anglia (2002) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Gender in Modernism: New Geographies, Complex Intersections (2007) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
The Bedside Lilliput (1950) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Vader is de beste — Autor — 3 exemplares
The Furnival book of short stories (1932) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
American Aphrodite (Volume Four, Number Thirteen) (1954) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
American Aphrodite (Volume One, Number Two) (1951) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Warner, Sylvia Nora Townsend
Outros nomes
וורנר, סילביה טאונסנד
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
East Chaldon Churchyard, Dorset, England
País (no mapa)
England, UK
Local de nascimento
Harrow, Middlesex, England, UK
Local de falecimento
Maiden Newton, Dorset, England, UK
Locais de residência
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

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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.




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 outras críticas | 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… (mais)
tombomp | 68 outras críticas | 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
… (mais)
1 vote
jo_lafaith | 68 outras críticas | Sep 5, 2023 |
Laura (Lolly) Willowes is an aging spinster, having spent her life first caring for her father and then for her brother’s children. After the ravages of World War I, she sees herself fair on the way to soon looking after her brother’s grandchildren, and she decides that it’s time she did some living for herself. She therefore takes what money she has left (after her brother invested it unwisely, without consulting her) and moves to a remote village, where she soon finds her true self - a witch. But her family isn’t done with her, and when her nephew comes to the village and looks to be taking over her life once again, she calls upon Satan for help…. This short novel from 1926 passed me by for many years; as a good feminist, I knew the name of the author but wasn’t familiar with her work. This is the kind of book that I find I need to be in the mood to enter, otherwise it just seems both bland and overworked in the fashion of the times in which it was written. But if one *does* get into the proper mood for it, it’s a terrific indictment of the place of women, especially surplus women, in late Victorian Britain going through into the post-WWI age and before the Depression. Whether Lolly really is a witch, whether she summons Satan and has long conversations with him, whether what befalls her nephew is planned or accidental, none of this matters; what matters is that Lolly finally can live her own life on her own terms. Recommended.… (mais)
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thefirstalicat | 68 outras críticas | Aug 24, 2023 |


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