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During a brief writing career (almost entirely limited to the 1920s) Romer Wilson wrote produced novels, two novellas, a play, a biography, and a posthumously published collection of short stories. She compiled and edited three volumes of fairy tales from around the world. Her novels, highly philosophical and sometimes lyrically overblown, treat the existential and epistemological dilemmas facing postwar Europe. Many of her protagonists are artists or philosophers struggling to achieve or understand perfection in a world riven with suffering and imperfection. She often explores the impact of love and the effects on society of war or of mechanisation, in fiction which suggests a longing for a pre-industrial pastoral past.
26 December 1891 Florence Roma Muir Wilson (who later wrote as RW) was born at 30 Collegiate Crescent, Ecclesall, in Yorkshire, near Sheffield. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 3 May 1921 RW received high praise for The Death of Society: Conte de Fée Premier, which won her the Hawthornden Prize for this year. Bibliographic Citation link.
11 January 1930 RW died of tuberculosis at Lausanne in Switzerland. Bibliographic Citation link.
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