Rosamond Lehmann

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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 https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/novelist-rosamond-lehmann-promoting-the-bbc-radio-4-the-news-photo/1162854497. This image is licensed under the GETTY IMAGES CONTENT LICENCE AGREEMENT.

Milestones

3 February 1901
During a violent thunderstorm, RL was born at her parents' house, Fieldhead, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, in a beautiful area of the Thames Valley.
Simons, Judy. Rosamond Lehmann. St Martin’s Press, 1992.
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Lehmann, Rosamond. The Swan in the Evening. Collins, 1967.
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Late April 1927
RL published her first novel, Dusty Answer, about a young girl who learns about life and leaves her childhood behind as a result of her university experiences.
Hastings, Selina. Rosamond Lehmann. Chatto and Windus, 2002.
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Siegel, Ruth. Rosamond Lehmann: A Thirties Writer. Peter Lang, 1989.
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Lehmann, John. In My Own Time. Little, Brown, 1969.
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25 August 1927
RL left very reluctantly for a trip to publicize her first novel, Dusty Answer, in the USA, where it had been chosen Book of the Month for September and where sales were expected to be high.
Hastings, Selina. Rosamond Lehmann. Chatto and Windus, 2002.
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28 October 1976
RL published her final novel, A Sea-Grape Tree, which continues the story of Rebecca Landon from The Ballad and the Source.
Siegel, Ruth. Rosamond Lehmann: A Thirties Writer. Peter Lang, 1989.
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Simons, Judy. Rosamond Lehmann. St Martin’s Press, 1992.
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14 March 1990
RL died at her home in London at the age of eighty-nine, of pneumonia.
Simons, Judy. Rosamond Lehmann. St Martin’s Press, 1992.
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Shattock, Joanne. The Oxford Guide to British Women Writers. Oxford University Press, 1993.

Biography

Birth and Family

3 February 1901
During a violent thunderstorm, RL was born at her parents' house, Fieldhead, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, in a beautiful area of the Thames Valley.
Simons, Judy. Rosamond Lehmann. St Martin’s Press, 1992.
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Lehmann, Rosamond. The Swan in the Evening. Collins, 1967.
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