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This fat brick of a book is a terrific compendium of four novels by one of my favorite authors ever. Read the four and see how you feel. For me, Lolly Willowes is dull and lackluster, perhaps dated, but the other three are stunning, and of these, The Corner that Held Them is her masterpiece. If you like her novels, try her short stories. They are genius. She had one strand in her that just leaves me cold: the faerie stories. I never have liked fantasy. It's just a matter of taste.
Sylvia Townsend Warner was born at Harrow on the Hill, the only child of George Townsend Warner and his wife Eleanora (Nora) Hudleston. Her father was a house-master at Harrow School and was, for many years, associated with the prestigious Harrow History Prize which was renamed the Townsend Warner History Prize in his honour, after his death in 1916. As a child, Sylvia seemingly enjoyed an idyllic...moreMore about Sylvia Townsend Warner...