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.


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.
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 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, Vol.
, No. 4, pp. 23-4.
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.
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.
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...
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 Elizabeth Bowen
EB loved Oxford (where she and her husband spent ten years) and became a social success there. She met and became friends with John and Susan Buchan , and it was through them that she...
Friends, Associates Jean Rhys
The bitterness in JR 's life had caused her to become an incurable alcoholic, so her marital happiness did not last, nor did her friendships. Those who tried to befriend her, including writers Rosamond Lehmann
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Bowen
Frequent guests at Bowen's Court (where, says Victoria Glendinning, they ate and drank royally)
Glendinning, Victoria. Elizabeth Bowen. Alfred A. Knopf.
included William Plomer , Sean O'Faolain , and Cyril Connolly . Virginia Woolf stayed there once; Iris Murdoch also...
Friends, Associates Stevie Smith
SS developed lasting friendships with Naomi Mitchison and Rosamond Lehmann , both of whom reviewed her work. She was also close to US poet Naomi Replansky , with whom she corresponded before they met in 1969.
Smith, Stevie. Me Again. Editors Barbera, Jack and William McBrien, Vintage.
Friends, Associates E. B. C. Jones
Her Cambridge friends included such literary names as Rosamond Lehmann and George (Dadie) Rylands .
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.


: The second number of Orion. A Miscellany...

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The second number of Orion. A Miscellany appeared: Rosamond Lehmann was one of the editors, along with C. Day Lewis and Edwin Muir .

1946: John Lehmann founded his own publishing house...

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John Lehmann founded his own publishing house at 6 Henrietta Street, London.

December 1984: The feminist publisher Virago Press, under...

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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...

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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.


Lehmann, Rosamond et al. A Man Seen Afar. Spearman, 1965.
Lehmann, Rosamond. A Note in Music. Chatto and Windus, 1930.
Lehmann, Rosamond. A Sea-Grape Tree. Collins, 1976.
Lehmann, Rosamond, and Jean Cocteau. Children of the Game. Harvill Press, 1955.
Lehmann, Rosamond. Dusty Answer. Chatto and Windus, 1927.
Lemarchand, Jacques. Geneviève. Translator Lehmann, Rosamond, John Lehmann, 1947.
Lehmann, Rosamond. Invitation to the Waltz. Chatto and Windus, 1932.
Lehmann, Rosamond. Letter to a Sister. Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1931.
Lehmann, Rosamond, and Cynthia Hill Sandys. Letters from Our Daughters. College of Psychic Science, 1971.
Lehmann, Rosamond. No More Music. Collins, 1939.
Bowen, Elizabeth. “Notes on Writing a Novel”. Orion: A Miscellany, edited by Rosamond Lehmann et al., Nicholson and Watson, 1945.
Lehmann, Rosamond. Rosamond Lehmann’s Album. Chatto and Windus, 1985.
Lehmann, Rosamond. The Ballad and the Source. Collins, 1944.
Lehmann, Rosamond. The Echoing Grove. Collins, 1953.
Lehmann, Rosamond. The Gypsy’s Baby and Other Stories. Collins, 1946.
Lehmann, Rosamond. “The Red-Haired Miss Daintreys”. Folios of New Writing, Spring 1940, edited by John Lehmann, 1stst ed, Hogarth Press, 1940.
Lehmann, Rosamond. The Swan in the Evening. Collins, 1967.
Lehmann, Rosamond. The Weather in the Streets. Collins, 1936.