Rosamond Lehmann

Standard Name: Lehmann, Rosamond
Birth Name: Rosamond Nina Lehmann
RL has received less critical attention than other women modernists, especially her closest literary colleagues Elizabeth Bowen and Virginia Woolf . However, after the reprinting of her work in the 1980s, her seven novels, her short stories, and one play became much better known. After the unexpected death of her daughter, RL ceased writing for about seven years. When she resumed she produced only one more novel, in addition to a memoir and spiritualist writings.
Black-and-white photo of Rosamond Lehmann. She is wearing a silk scarf, and her white hair is cut short. Behind her is a painting of a woman.
"Rosamond Lehmann" by Radio Times, 1981-04-01. Retrieved from This image is licensed under the GETTY IMAGES CONTENT LICENCE AGREEMENT.


Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
Cultural formation Sybille Bedford
Around 1964, soon after suffering the deaths of Aldous Huxley and of another close friend, SB accepted the suggestion of Rosamond Lehmann and visited a medium, who purported to deliver her a message from Huxley.
Hastings, Selina. Rosamond Lehmann. Chatto and Windus, 2002.
Cultural formation Elizabeth Bowen
Her biographer Victoria Glendinning believes that her Anglicanism was more than merely social, and cites her indignation over the modernising of services in the Book of Common Prayer, and her speaking up in support...
Dedications Anita Brookner
AB published a great popular hit which remains her best-known novel, Hotel du Lac; it is dedicated to Rosamond Lehmann .
Blackwell’s Online Bookshop.
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Jane Howard
He had taken it for granted that they would marry. She could not imagine rejecting such unbelievable luck. She assured her mother she did not need informing about the difficult side of marriage.
Howard, Elizabeth Jane. Slipstream. Macmillan, 2002.
Family and Intimate relationships Julia Strachey
Between the summers of 1933 and 1934, JS had an affair with Wogan Phillips , husband of her acquaintance Rosamond Lehmann .
Strachey, Julia, and Frances Partridge. Julia: A Portrait of Julia Strachey. Little, Brown, 1983.
116, 123, 138
Family and Intimate relationships Ménie Muriel Dowie
MMD 's maternal grandfather was Robert Chambers of Edinburgh, who wrote Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation (which, published anonymously, was briefly ascribed both to Augusta Ada Byron and to Catherine Crowe )...
Family and Intimate relationships Ménie Muriel Dowie
His daughter Rosamond Nina Lehmann , who was thus first cousin once removed to MMD , became celebrated as a novelist. According to scholar Helen Small , Rosamond Lehmann, who knew MMD late in Dowie's...
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Bowen
She had fallen in love with House, a lecturer in English who was eight years her junior, and whom biographer Victoria Glendinning describes as brilliant, highly sexed, introspective, [and] susceptible—much too introspective and susceptible to...
Family and Intimate relationships Henry Green
HG 's affairs included one with his sister-in-law, and others with novelists Rosamond Lehmann and Mary Keene .
Hill, Rosemary. “Flings”. London Review of Books, No. 4, pp. 23 - 4.
Fictionalization Dora Carrington
Contrasting sharply with these appropriations (all written by men), Carrington's friend Rosamond Lehmann recreated her to some degree in Anna Cory in The Weather in the Streets: Lehmann's narrator notes that this character, a...
Friends, Associates E. B. C. Jones
Her Cambridge friends included such literary names as Rosamond Lehmann and George (Dadie) Rylands .
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Friends, Associates Julia Strachey
Their friends included in Newcastle Quentin and Anne Olivier Bell ,
Strachey, Julia, and Frances Partridge. Julia: A Portrait of Julia Strachey. Little, Brown, 1983.
228, 230-1
while in London they entertained T. S. Eliot , Rosamond Lehmann , and Stephen Spender , among others.
Strachey, Julia, and Frances Partridge. Julia: A Portrait of Julia Strachey. Little, Brown, 1983.
208, 252
Friends, Associates Dora Carrington
Guests here included some of the women who were to be closest to Carrington until her death: Dorelia John (wife of Augustus John , and now a neighbour), writer Rosamond Lehmann , and Julia Strachey
Friends, Associates Betty Miller
BM 's friends included Olivia Manning , Rosamond Lehmann , Stevie Smith , Inez Holden , Viola Meynell , and Eleanor Farjeon .
Miller, Sarah, and Betty Miller. “Introduction”. On the Side of the Angels, Virago, 1985, p. vii - xviii.
In wartime she met and immediately took to Adrian Stephen ,...
Friends, Associates Sybille Bedford
SB said she grew up with very little knowledge of people her own age, and in friendships and love affairs tended to seek out those of at least ten years older than herself.
Bedford, Sybille. Quicksands. Counterpoint, 2005.


The second number of Orion. A Miscellany appeared: Rosamond Lehmann was one of the editors, along with C. Day Lewis and Edwin Muir .
John Lehmann founded his own publishing house at 6 Henrietta Street, London.
December 1984
The feminist publisher Virago Press , under its editor Carmen Callil , launched its own bookshop in Covent Garden, London; the opening was performed by Rosamond Lehmann .
9 December 2006-17 July 2007
The National Portrait Gallery in London mounted an exhibition of photographs of women writers, mostly novelists, from 1920 to 1960.