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.


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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. Barbera, Jack and William McBrienEditors , Vintage, 1983.
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.
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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.
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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 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
Health Elizabeth Bowen
EB suffered from recurrent bouts of bronchitis and a chronic smoker's cough. In 1972, she was diagnosed with lung cancer and underwent radium treatment. She lost her voice and had considerable difficulty breathing. She was...
Intertextuality and Influence Simone de Beauvoir
The second part of her first section, Facts and Myths, draws valuably on analysis of male writers. SB reads Stendhal as decidedly feministic:
Beauvoir, Simone de. The Second Sex. Parshley, H. M.Translator , Jonathan Cape, 1953.
he not only values liberty but accepts it as...
Leisure and Society Eleanor Farjeon
EF seems never to have read the modernist male poets, Eliot or Pound or Auden; however, she did read and appreciate such women as Rosamond Lehmann , Storm Jameson , Katherine Mansfield , and Virginia Woolf .
Farjeon, Annabel. Morning has Broken: A Biography of Eleanor Farjeon. Julia MacRae, 1986.
Literary responses E. H. Young
The New York Times Book Review found this book charmingly realistic;
Mezei, Kathy, and Chiara Briganti. “’She must be a very good novelist’: Rereading E. H. Young (1880-1949)”. English Studies in Canada, No. 3, pp. 303 - 31.
V. S. Pritchett thought it typical of fiction by women in its fine discrimination of character. It made some reviewers think of...
Literary responses Ivy Compton-Burnett
Margaret Jourdain (herself the author of many books in print) told the antiquarian Joan Evans , Ivy has written a book and I expect it's very bad. We have decided I shan't read it and...
Literary responses Betty Miller
Rosamond Lehmann praised this novel in a letter as intelligent, brave enough to tackle a serious moral problem, written with wonderful vividness and sensitivity, and excellent in its character-drawing of men as well as women...
Literary responses Mary Renault
Early reviews were discouraging. Anthony West in The New Statesman and Nation criticised MR for ignoring the significant upheavals in a real world at war. Rosamond Lehmann , in The Spectator, perceptively noted that...
Literary responses Dorothy L. Sayers
Q. D. Leavis disliked this novel, and wrote a scathing review of it and its successor, Busman's Honeymoon, in Scrutiny. Leavis attacked DLS 's reputation for literariness, holding it against her that...
Literary responses Stella Gibbons
SG 's Cold Comfort Farm won the Prix Femina Vie-Heureuse, worth forty pounds (as Webb 's Precious Bane had done only seven years previously). Gibbons's award was presented in June 1934.
Woolf, Virginia. The Letters of Virginia Woolf. Nicolson, Nigel and Joanne TrautmannEditors , Hogarth Press, 1980.
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Literary responses Stevie Smith
Novel on Yellow Paper was an immediate critical success. Appreciation expressed in reviews by Naomi Mitchison and Rosamond Lehmann laid the foundations for SS 's friendships with these and other writers.
Spalding, Frances. Stevie Smith: A Critical Biography. Faber and Faber, 1988.
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
A poet, Robert Nichols
Literary responses Stevie Smith
Rosamond Lehmann (already a friend) expressed some reservations in her review, mainly that the protagonist lets herself be caught in her illness and weakness and little-girlness.
Spalding, Frances. Stevie Smith: A Critical Biography. Faber and Faber, 1988.
SS was insulted, but after the women had...


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