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The Element of Lavishness: The Letters of Sylvia Townsend Warner by William Maxwell, Sylvia Townsend Warner

The Element of Lavishness: The Letters of Sylvia Townsend Warner

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One of the first people to seize my literary attention was historian and novelist Sylvia Townsend Warner. It wasn’t her novels for me, so much as her letters (Letters, Chatto & Windus, 1982). She wrote copiously on every topic – hens, philosophy, domestic life, nature, literature, presents, politics, ageing – and not just with style and verve, but also with wonderful wit.

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The Element of Lavishness: The Letters of Sylvia Townsend Warner by William Maxwell, Sylvia Townsend Warner

An instant classic in the literature of friendship: the witty, affectionate 40-year correspondence between a great story-writer and her New Yorker editor. . pleasure and delight.

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Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893–1978) was a poet, short-story writer, and novelist, as well as an authority on early English music and a devoted member of the Communist Party. Her many books include Mr. Fortune’s Maggot and Lolly Willows, The Corner that Held Them, and Kingdoms of Elfin.

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Publication date

9th May 2003


William Maxwell, Sylvia Townsend Warner

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384 pages


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Literary essays



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