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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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...
Literary responses Elizabeth Jane Howard
It was after this novel that Robert Ostermann wrote of EJH in the National Observer as in the same class as Rosamond Lehmann and Elizabeth Bowen : female novelists of impressive intelligence and sensibilities that...
Literary responses Dorothy Bussy
DB first wrote Olivia in 1933 and then sent the manuscript to her friend André Gide . Gide found it not very engaging
Caws, Mary Ann, and Sarah Bird Wright. Bloomsbury and France: Art and Friends. Oxford University Press, 2000.
and, according to Mary Ann Caws and Sarah Bird Wright ...
Literary responses Jan Struther
Most reviewers in England were charmed by the book, but it was hated by E. M. Forster (who found it both snobbish and underbred), Rosamond Lehmann , and a voice on the letters page of...
Literary responses Elizabeth Taylor
Like ET 's first book, this was praised by distinguished but not unanimous voices: Elizabeth Bowen found an exciting distinction about every page, and Rosamond Lehmann noted the stripped, piercing feminine wit and called ET
Literary responses Elizabeth Taylor
One of the first to review this novel was Rosamond Lehmann ; some of her commendatory phrases are still in use in promotional material from Virago .
Beauman, Nicola. The Other Elizabeth Taylor. Persephone Books, 2009.
Today Sarah Waters (who published Tipping the...
politics Marghanita Laski
On 30 October 1958 ML was one of the signatories to a letter to the editor of theTimes urging the government to cease testing nuclear weapons; others who signed included Peggy Ashcroft , Storm Jameson
Publishing Margiad Evans
She had been working on this collection as a whole since 1943, while one item, The Wicked Woman, dates from October 1933 (while she was writing Turf or Stone) and was printed in...
Publishing Olivia Manning
It was re-issued in 1984 in an omnibus volume from Virago together with two other novels about growing up female: Rosamond Lehmann 's The Weather in the Streets and Antonia White 's Frost in May.
Reception Edith Mary Moore
In 1938, EMM 's name appeared in an early number of Kriticky Mesicnik, a Czech literary periodical edited by Václav Černý (reprinted in 1972 and 1992), in a list of British writers including Rosamond Lehmann
Reception Elizabeth Jenkins
Rosamond Lehmann recommended EJ 's writing to Carmen Callil for inclusion in the Virago Modern Classics series.
Callil, Carmen. “The stories of our lives”. Guardian Unlimited.
Textual Features Mollie Panter-Downes
This novel has many modernist features. Nicola Beauman mentions the influence of Rosamond Lehmann , and also palpable is that of Virginia Woolf . The first, two-page chapter describes the Sussex village of Wealding and...
Textual Features Elizabeth Bowen
The novel has two heroines: Portia, a fifteen-year-old, and Anna Quayne, wife of Thomas Quayne. Portia, Thomas' half-sister, comes to live with the Quaynes in their Regent's Park house (based on EB 's own London...
Textual Features Marjorie Bowen
MB credits British women novelists for modifying the methods of the great European novelists, noting in particular Dorothy Richardson 's perfection of the stream-of-consciousness technique. She draws a contrast between Dorothy Richardson 's Miriam and...
Textual Production Henry Green
Rosamond Lehmann and Goronwy Rees had been instrumental in introducing Green as a Hogarth Press author.
Lehmann, John. In My Own Time. Little, Brown, 1969.


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