Warner, Sylvia Townsend

Warner, Sylvia Townsend

▪ British author
born Dec. 6, 1893, Harrow, Middlesex, Eng.
died May 1, 1978, Maiden Newton, Dorset

      English writer who began her self-proclaimed “accidental career” as a poet after she was given paper with a “particularly tempting surface” and who wrote her first novel, Lolly Willowes; or, The Loving Huntsman (1926), because she “happened to find very agreeable thin lined paper in a job lot.”

      Educated privately, Warner originally intended to follow a career as a musicologist. One of the editors of the 10-volume Tudor Church Music (c. 1923–29), she was also a contributor to Grove's Dictionary of 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 (New Yorker, The) 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). Warner also translated two books from French, Marcel Proust (Proust, Marcel)'s By Way of Saint-Beuve (1958) and Jean-René Huguenin's A Place of Shipwreck (1963).

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