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Sylvia Townsend Warner once commented that her career in writing was an accidental one, as her initial career was in musicology. However, she was very prolific for more than fifty years of the twentieth century over a considerable range of genres, including poetry, fourteen volumes of short stories, journal articles, radio plays, seven novels, biographies, and translations. Her letters and diaries have been published as well. Her fiction often explores supernatural themes and the twists of human psychology. She has been particularly praised for her short stories about middle-class characters, mainly women: for acute observation, clarity, precision, simplicity, and originality of language and of imagery.
6 December 1893 STW was born at Harrow on the Hill in Middlesex. Bibliographic Citation link.
1925 STW's first published book, The Espalier, was an unusually large collection of poetry written from 1922 to 1924 and dedicated to P. C. Buck. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
10 March 1926 STW published her second book and first novel, Lolly Willowes; or, The Loving Huntsman, in which a woman decides to become a witch. It was a great success. Bibliographic Citation link.
1 May 1978 STW died of respiratory problems brought on by old age, at her home in Lower Frome Vauchurch, near Maiden Newton in Dorset. Bibliographic Citation link.
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