Rosamond Nina Lehmann: The Echoing Grove

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Shortly before the publication of The Echoing Grove, Rosamond Lehmann described her new novel (generally regarded as her last work of major significance) as completing “some cycle of experience that had opened when I was a girl”. The tone of the novel is bleak, yet the resolution of the plot offers hope for the future, whereas a characteristic of her previous novels had been the ambiguity of their endings. The outstanding features of the novel are its complex narrative structure, its pervasive symbolism, and its penetrating examination of changes within both masculinity and femininity between the early 1920s and the end of the Second World War.

There are allusions in the novel to the poems of William Blake, and the …

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Pollard, Wendy. "The Echoing Grove". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 September 2003
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