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Sylvia Townsend Warner: A Biography

by Claire Harman - £9.99  Penguin Books Ltd (2015)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780241964439 | ISBN 10: 0241964431

Winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize

"One of the most shamefully under-read great British authors of the past 100 years"
(Sarah Waters)
The poet Sylvia Townsend Warner rose to sudden fame with the publication of her classic feminist novel Lolly Willowes in 1926, but never became a conventional member of London literary life, pursuing instead a long writing career in her own individualistic manner. Cheerfully defying social norms of the day, Warner lived in an openly homosexual relationship with the poet Valentine Ackland for almost forty years. Together, they were committed members of the Communist party and travelled twice to Spain during the Civil War, but Warner paid for her outspokenness with years of neglect, and channelled much of her emotional and intellectual energy into letters, poems and heart-breaking diaries that remained unpublished during her lifetime.
 
In this enthralling and enlightening biography, Claire Harman tells the story of Warner's remarkable life and restores her to her rightful place as one of Britain's most unique and brilliant writers.

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