Rosamond Lehmann was one of the most celebrated writers of the late 1920s and 1930s, famed as much for her beauty and elegance as for her well-crafted interwar novels. Consistently blending romance and loss, her work captures the

Zeitgeist

of a period much given to nostalgia. Her lasting achievement, however, lies in her acute sense of the tensions and conflicts in women's lives in the interwar years: in the portrayal of the

impasse

between modernity and convention, between the desire for romance and the need for independence.

Rosamond Nina Lehmann was born as the second daughter of Rudolph Chambers Lehmann and Alice Marie Davis, at 'Fieldhead', the family home on the banks of the Thames at Bourne End in Buckinghamshire. Rudolph was the son of a distinguished Jewish-German family of

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Citation: Rau, Petra. "Rosamond Lehmann". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2002; last revised 06 November 2002. [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=2682, accessed 22 February 2024.]

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