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New Collected Poems

Sylvia Townsend Warner

Edited by Claire Harman

New Collected Poems by Sylvia Townsend Warner
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Categories: 20th Century, LGBTQ+, War writings, Women
Imprint: FyfieldBooks
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Available as:
Paperback (408 pages)
(Pub. Mar 2008)
9781857549478
£25.00 £22.50
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  • I always fold my gloves, place them palm to palm,
    As if in them dwelt the ghosts of your hand and my hand.
    Ten years ago you wrote that, and the one rhyme was calm,
    And the other rhyme was understand.

                           from 'I always fold my gloves...'
    The first Collected Poems of Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893-1978) was published by Carcanet in 1982. Since then, more of her work has come to light, including some of the most moving and personal poems she ever wrote. Claire Harman, the original editor and author of the prize-winning biography of the poet, has substantially revised the earlier edition, including over ninety previously uncollected and unpublished poems, with expanded notes, a chronology and an authoritative new introduction.

    When Harman's Life was published, it restored Warner, one critic said, to her real place as 'second only to Virginia Woolf among the women writers of our century'. With this collection, the extent of Warner's achievement as a poet can be appreciated.
    Sylvia Townsend Warner
    SYLVIA TOWNSEND WARNER was born in 1893, the only child of a schoolteacher, and educated at home. A talented and knowledgeable musician, in 1917 she joined the editorial board preparing the ten volumes of Tudor Church Music for publication by Oxford University Press, a post she held until 1927. In 1923 ... read more
    Claire Harman
    Claire Harman's biography of Robert Louis Stevenson was published in 2005, and she is currently working on a book about Jane Austen's fame. ... read more
    Awards won by Claire Harman Short-listed, 2001 Whitbread Award Winner, 1990 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize
    'This marvellous book has exceeded my expectations, which were very high indeed...it displays admirable craftsmanship, a subtle, musical ear, and immense variety.'
    John Mole, South West Review
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