Mary Butts, Death of Felicity Taverner

Andrew Radford (University of Glasgow)
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Mary Butts’ third novel,

Death of Felicity Taverner –

the unofficial “sequel” to the more technically innovative

Armed with Madness

(1928)

was released by Wishart & Co in 1932 (see Blondel, 1997). In a

Bookman

review of

Felicity Taverner

that same year, the journalist Wynyard Browne described the author’s distinctive conceptual and stylistic design:

[Mary Butts] makes a demand upon the reader. It affects him. And though it can easily be read, it cannot easily be understood. […] Death of Felicity Taverner arises directly out of the contemporary situation. The conflict in it corresponds with the conflict in the modern world. (Browne, “A Great Novel”, 1932, p. 306)

[Mary Butts] makes a demand upon the reader. It affects him. And though it can easily be read, it cannot…

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Citation: Radford, Andrew. "Death of Felicity Taverner". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 March 2024 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=39189, accessed 13 April 2024.]

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