Music at Long Verney
By (author) Sylvia Townsend Warner
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Music at Long Verney by Sylvia Townsend Warner
Book Description"Reading these wonderful, almost-lost stories is like finding a buried treasure of fine gold and silver. "--Alison Lurie. Of the previous century's many great storytellers, Sylvia Townsend Warner was the supreme enchantress. The Music at Long Verney collects twenty of her best short stories, most of them from the great years at The New Yorker . They span a full half-century, from 1929 to 1977, and are crowded with irrepressible, living characters and even more animated objects and incidents. There are stories of romantic love and the mysteries of marriage; of artists who speak the truth even as they distort reality; of gardens and houses and very fine things and of those who fancy themselves their owners. The centerpiece of the collection is a series of five linked stories about an eccentric establishment, the Abbey Antiques Gallery, and its singular proprietor, the urbane Mr. Edom. Some of these stories are hilarious, others hauntingly lyrical, but all are incomparably witty and original-in short, they're vintage Warner. "On every page," writes John Updike, "there is something to be seen or smelled or felt...Beneath her refined witchery lies a strange freshness one can only call, in praise, primitive. "
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781582432489
(210mm x 139mm x 11mm)
Publish Date: 1-May-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Sylvia Townsend Warner
Lolly Willowes, Paperback (March 2012)
Sylvia Townsend Warner's first novel, published in 1926, is magical and subversive, anticipating the ficton of writers like Angela Carter and Jeanette Winterson.
Corner That Held Them, Paperback (March 2012)
A masterful historical novel of monastic life, set in the 14th century. Many consider this Townsend Warner's most accomplished work.
Stranger With a Bag, Paperback (July 2011)
A collection of stories that includes "Love Match".
Scenes of Childhood, Paperback (May 2011)» View all books by Sylvia Townsend Warner
In the course of her brilliant career Sylvia Townsend Warner wrote superbly in many and diverse forms but never penned a memoir, properly speaking. However, from the 1930s to the 1970s she did contribute a series of short reminiscences to the "New Yorker". This title collects and orders those reminiscences.
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