Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893-1978) was a poet, short-story writer, and novelist, as well as an authority on early English music. She was active in the Communist Party and served in the Red Cross during the Spanish Civil War. Her first novel, Lolly Willowes, appeared in 1926 and was the first ever Book-of-the-Month Club selection. Over the course of her long career, she published six more novels, seven books of poetry, a translation of Proust, fourteen volumes of short stories, and a biography of T. H. White.
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Lolly Willowes, so gentle and accommodating, has depths no one suspects. When she suddenly announces that she is leaving London and moving, alone, to the depths of the countryside, her overbearing relatives are horrified. Bu...[SEE MORE]