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The Diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner

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In October 1927, Sylvia Townsend Warner was given a new notebook. At the end of the month, she began to write the diary which she was to keep until her death in 1978. Written for her own eye, rich in description and observation, her diary contains the details of her life, from the antics of her cats and plans for her garden, to her thoughts on friendship, writing and death ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 5th 1995 by Virago Press Ltd (first published 1994)
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May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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"One need not write in a diary what one is to remember for ever." (22nd September 1930)

The Diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner, edited by Claire Harman, has been pared down from 38 distinctive diaries found after Townsend Warner's death. I adore what I have read of Townsend Warner's prose to date (Lolly Willowes is a firm favourite of mine), and hoped that I would feel just the same when reading about her own life.

The original diaries span a fifty-year period, beginning in 1927, and stretching to
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A cultured and wizened voice.
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I'm a recent enthusiastic convert to STW's short stories, those marvelous excursions. So, since I am a fan of correspondence and journals in general, I turned toward this one.
Every page has more than a few of those remarkable turns-of-phrase, but my overall impression was less of the insight and passion of a life as it was lived, than of a simple list of occurrences, a sort of practical appointment calendar. I deliberately sought out a turning-point year in her life-- and found no particular se
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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 honor, after his death in 1916. As a child, Sylvia seemingly enjoyed an idyllic ...more