Sylvia Townsend Warner (1015 words)

  • Maroula Joannou (Anglia Ruskin University)

Sylvia Townsend Warner was born in Harrow on the Hill in 1893, the only daughter of a history teacher at Harrow public school, and was educated privately at home. Her plans to study under Schoenberg in Vienna were disrupted by the 1914-18 war during which she found work in a munitions factory. An accomplished musicologist, she was one of four co-editors of the voluminous Tudor Church Music. Townsnd Warner is an excellent stylist whose elegantly crafted fiction is remarkable for its narratological rather than its verbal experimentation, as well as a poet whose verse often follows traditional metric patterns. The heroine of Townsend Warner's first best-selling novel, Lolly Willowes (1926), is a middle-aged spinster who flees …

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Joannou, Maroula. "Sylvia Townsend Warner". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 June 2002
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