The Swan in the Evening: Fragments of an Inner Life
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The Swan in the Evening: Fragments of an Inner Life

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Rosamond Lehmann, one of the most distinguished British writers of this century, published eight acclaimed works of fiction. Her only autobiographical work, The Swan in the Evening, recreated first the child she was and the experiences that made her the woman she became, moving on to tell the story of her beloved daughter Sally and the tragedy of her early death at the age...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 1st 1998 by Virago UK (first published 1967)
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Rosamond Lehmann (1901 – 1990) was a very distinguished British novelist who wrote eight works of fiction, seven novels and volume of short stories, of which I still have two to read. I really loved these books, one of which I have read twice and also enjoyed Selina Hasting’s biography (although she doesn’t come out of that book quite so well). I was therefore quite keen to read this book – Rosamond Lehmann’s only work of autobiography, however I must admit to approaching it with some slight tre...more
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Subtitled 'Fragments of an inner life', this largely autobiographical book is about "life and death and the survival of death". The first section introduces some finely-observed childhood memories, but Death is omnipresent: the daughter of her family's employee Mr Moody dies at the age of six, from diphtheria. The young Rosamond collects injured birds, but the reality of death - even in a garden bird - is a shocking, horrible thing. Finally the girl who worked in the sweet shop, Dora, is - Rosam...more
Randall Curb
I laove Rosamond Lehmann's novels, but this memoir is not very insightful and, frankly, only intermittently interesting. She spends an inordinate amount of time and space writing about her attempts to make spiritual contact with her daughter, who died early in her adult life. I can recommend the book only to Lehmann completists.
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Rosamond Nina Lehmann was born in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, as the second daughter of Rudolph Lehmann and his wife Alice Davis, a New Englander. Her father Rudolph Chambers Lehmann was a liberal MP, and editor of the Daily News. John Lehmann (1907-1989) was her brother; one of her two sisters was the famous actress Beatrix Lehmann.

In 1919 she went to Girton College, University of Cambridge to r...more
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