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Sylvia Townsend Warner LOLLY WILLOWES First Penguin Edition

Sylvia Townsend Warner LOLLY WILLOWES First Penguin Edition

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First edition, first print Penguin paperback of LOLLY WILLOWES by Sylvia Townsend Warner, published by Penguin Books Ltd., London, in 1937.

The book is in very good condition with only slight wear (very light rubbing to a couple of the corners, and some tanning to the covers and pages). Internally, the pages are clean and tight with no tears and no inscriptions.

Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893-1978) published seven novels, four volumes of poetry and eight volumes of short stories. She also wrote the biography of T. H. White, and spent ten years of her life as one of the four editors of the ten-volume compilation Tudor Church Music. Her fiction is acclaimed for its wit and whimsical charm and for its elegant language. Many of her stories are peopled with eccentric characters. Lolly Willowes was the first selection of the Book of the Month Club.

In addition to her short stories, 144 of which appeared in The New Yorker magazine, Warner also published many collections of short fiction, novels, volumes of poetry, and works of nonfiction, including Jane Austen: 1775–1817 (1951) and the semiautobiographical, posthumously published Scenes of Childhood (1981).

Her novels, some of which are based on historical events, include Mr. Fortune’s Maggot (1927), The True Heart (1929), and The Flint Anchor (1954). Her final story collections are Kingdoms of Elfin (1977) and the posthumously published One Thing Leading to Another (1984).

"Lolly Willowes is a twenty-eight-year-old spinster when her adored father dies, leaving her dependent upon her brothers and their wives. After twenty years of self-effacement as a maiden aunt, she decides to break free and moves to a small Bedfordshire village. Here, happy and unfettered, she enjoys her new existence nagged only by the sense of a secret she has yet to discover. That secret - and her vocation - is witchcraft, and with her cat and a pact with the Devil, Lolly Willowes is finally free.

An instant success on its publication in 1926, Lolly Willowes is Sylvia Townsend Warner's first and most magical novel. Deliciously wry and inviting, it was her piquant plea that single women find liberty and civility, a theme that would later be explored by Virginia Woolf in 'A Room of One's Own'."

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