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"[The book] I'll be pressing into people's hands forever is "Lolly Willowes," the 1926 novel by Sylvia Townsend Warner. It tells the story of a woman who rejects the life that society has fixed for her in favor of freedom and the most unexpected of alliances. It completely blindsided me: Starting as a straightforward, albeit beautifully written family saga, it tips suddenly into extraordinary, lucid wildness." - Helen Macdonald in The New York Times Book Review 's "By the Book." In Lolly Willowes , Sylvia Townsend Warner tells of an aging spinster's struggle to break way from her controlling family--a classic story that she treats with cool feminist intelligence, while adding a dimension of the supernatural and strange. Warner is one of the outstanding and indispensable mavericks of twentieth-century literature, a writer to set beside Djuna Barnes and Jane Bowles, with a subversive genius that anticipates the fantastic flights of such contemporaries as Angela Carter and Jeanette Winterson.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780940322165
ISBN-10: 0940322161
Format: Paperback
(201mm x 127mm x 18mm)
Imprint: The New York Review of Books, Inc
Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
Publish Date: 31-Dec-1998
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Sylvia Townsend Warner

Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893-1978) was a poet, short-story writer, and novelist, as well as an authority on early English music and a devoted member of the Communist Party. Her many books include Mr. Fortune's Maggot and Lolly Willows (both published by NYRB Classics), The Corner that Held Them, andKingdoms of Elfin. Alison Lurie is a former Professor of English at Cornell. Her most recent novel is Truth and Consequences.

Books By Author Sylvia Townsend Warner

Corner That Held Them by Sylvia Townsend Warner

The Corner That Held Them

Paperback, March 2012
Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner

Lolly Willowes

Paperback, March 2012
Stranger With a Bag by Sylvia Townsend Warner

A Stranger With a Bag

Paperback, July 2011
Scenes of Childhood by Sylvia Townsend Warner

Scenes of Childhood

Paperback, May 2011