Warner, Sylvia Townsend, 1893-1978

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Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893-1978), the British writer, was the author of novels, short stories, poetry, a biography of T.H. White, and other writings.

From the description of Sylvia Townsend Warner letters, 1937-1977. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122687134

Sylvia Townsend Warner was an English novelist, poet, biographer, and translator.

From the description of Sylvia Townsend Warner collection of papers, 1922-1978. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 86164225

From the guide to the Sylvia Townsend Warner collection of papers, 1922-1978, (The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.)

Warner was an English novelist and poet. Hudleston was an English journalist and antiquary, Warner's cousin, and co-executor in Warner's father's estate.

From the description of Letters to C. Roy (Christophe Roy) Hudleston, 1936-1971. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 78961486

Warner was an English novelist.

From the description of [Letters] 1932-1965 / Sylvia Townsend Warner. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 464288153

English author.

From the description of Letters, 1964 Dec 23-1976 Aug 14, Dorchester, to Pat [Howard]. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 24091163

Warner was an English novelist and poet. Hudleston was an English journalist and antiquary.

From the guide to the Sylvia Townsend Warner letters to C. Roy (Christophe Roy) Hudleston, 1936-1971., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Epithet: writer

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000613.0x000318

Robin Perry, journalist.

Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893-1978), novelist and author.

From the description of Sylvia Townsend Warner letters to Robin Perry, 1942-1977. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702180131

Sylvia Nora Townsend Warner was born on December 6, 1893, in Devonshire, England, the only child of George Townsend Warner, a schoolmaster, and Nora Huddleston Warren. Educated at home, she moved to London in 1917 to pursue a career in musicology, serving as one of the editors of the ten-volume study Tudor Church Music. At the same time, she maintained an interest in writing poetry and fiction; her first novel, Lolly Willowes, was published in 1926. It was followed by Mr. Fortune's Maggot in 1927.

It was also in 1927 that Warner met Valentine Ackland (1906-1969), an aspiring writer. In 1930, they became life partners, eventually settling permanently in the village of Frome Vauchurch, Dorset, in 1937. Throughout the 1930s, they continued to work on their writing: Warner's short stories began to appear in The New Yorker (which would eventually publish more than 140 of them), while Ackland contributed to such periodicals as The Daily Worker and New Masses, both women having joined the Communist Party of Great Britain in 1935.

After attending the American Writers' Conference in New York in 1939, Warner and Ackland returned home in October, following Britain's declaration of war on Germany. Warner joined the Women's Volunteer Service, establishing rest centers for evacuees from the cities. Her published writing between 1939 and 1945 included an anthology of short stories, The Cat's Cradle Book (1940) and A Garland of Stars (1943).

The years immediately following the war were difficult ones for Warner, marked by her mother's increasing senility and eventual death in 1949, and by Valentine's ongoing affair with an American woman. Ackland eventually returned to Warner in 1949, and the next fifteen years were relatively tranquil for them both. During that time, Warner produced more than half a dozen books, including a translation of Proust and a biography of the novelist T. H. White.

In 1967, Ackland learned that she had breast cancer; after a long struggle with the disease, she died in 1969. Warner, then in her mid-70s, continued to mourn her for the remainder of her life, though she found some solace in her garden and her much-loved cats. In her last years, she also enjoyed a resurgence of interest in her work, especially among feminist scholars.

Increasingly troubled by arthritis and deafness, Warner became bedridden early in 1978. She died on May 1 of that year.

From the guide to the Sylvia Townsend Warner letters, 1937-1977, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

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referencedIn Alyse Gregory papers, 1888-1982, 1939-1967 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn MS Mus. 425. Alan Bush Collection. Vol. c. Songs for voice and piano; [1929-74].ff. i + 89. Largest size 382 x 282mm.1. ff. 1-6. ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ (words, W. B. Yeats), song for voice and piano; [circa 1926].2. ff. 7-9. ‘Down by the Salley..., 1926-1974 British Library
creatorOf Warner, Sylvia Townsend, 1893-1978. [Letters], 1938 Dec. 22 - 1939 Jan. 10, Frome Vauchurch, Maiden Newton, Dorset to Mr. Downing. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
referencedIn White, Elizabeth Wade, 1906-1994. Elizabeth Wade White papers, 1901-1994 (bulk 1923-1976). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Papers of Gerald and Joy Finzi, 1894-1974 Reading University : Special Collections Services
creatorOf Warner, Sylvia Townsend, 1893-1978. Sylvia Townsend Warner letters to Robin Perry, 1942-1977. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Vol. xxxvii (ff. 187). 1922-1933.includes:f. 1 Hew Skelton Anderson, son of Sir K S Skelton, Baronet: Letters to Sir Roy Forbes Harrod from Hew Skelton Anderson: 1920-1925, n.d.ff. 7, 12 Dr William Brown, psychologist: Letters to Sir R. F. Harrod..., 1922-1933 British Library
referencedIn JOHN IRELAND COLLECTION. Vol. XXIX. Songs. ff. 62. Largest size 370 x 275mm. 1. ff. 2-3. 'If we must part', valediction for voice and piano; 25 July 1929. Score. Text by Ernest Dowson. Published in The Land of lost Content and other Songs, London: Ga..., 1929-1938 British Library
creatorOf Sylvia Townsend Warner letters to C. Roy (Christophe Roy) Hudleston, 1936-1971. Houghton Library
referencedIn Alexander Woollcott correspondence, ca. 1856-1943 (inclusive), 1920-1943 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Alan Steele: Letters to him, 20th century Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn Gregory, Alyse, 1884-1967. Alyse Gregory letters to Valentine Ackland, 1942-1962. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Elizabeth Wade White papers, 1901-1994, 1923-1976 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Friedman, Philip Allan. Correspondence to Philip Allan Friedman, 1952-1953. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Nancy Cunard Collection TXRC99-A11., 1895-1965, (bulk 1908-1965) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Donald and Katharine Foley Collection of Penguin Books, 1935-1965 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Gregory, Alyse, 1884-1967. Alyse Gregory diary, 1954-1960. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf SCHIFF PAPERS. Vol. VII (ff. 210). 1. ff. 1-42b. Letters of Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell, D.B.E.; 1924-1946, n.d. 2. ff. 43-68. Letters, etc., of Sir Osbert Sitwell, 5th Bart.; 1919-1946, n.d. 3. ff. 69-70. Letters of Sir Sacheverell Sitwell, 6th Bart.;..., 1919-1961 British Library
referencedIn Gregory, Alyse, 1884-1967. Alyse Gregory papers, 1888-1982 (bulk 1939-1967). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn B. W. Huebsch Papers, 1893-1964 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Warner, Sylvia Townsend, 1893-1978. Sylvia Townsend Warner collection of papers, 1922-1978. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Gregory, Alyse, 1884-1967. Alyse Gregory letters to Valentine Ackland, 1942-1962. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Warner, Sylvia Townsend, 1893-1978. [Letters] 1932-1965 / Sylvia Townsend Warner. Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Sewell, Brocard. Brocard Sewell fonds. [1922-1963]. University of Victoria Libraries, UVic
referencedIn Cleverdon mss. II, 1926-1988 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn I. R. Brussel Papers TXRC96-A40., 1903-1973, (bulk 1929-1970) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn New Yorker records, ca.1924-1984 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Brussel, I. R. (Isidore Rosenbaum), 1895-. Papers, 1903-1973 (bulk 1929-1970). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Humbert Wolfe collection of papers, 1901-1944 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, 1932-2005 Houghton Library
creatorOf Monro, Alida Klemantaski. Correspondence of Alida Klemantaski Monro, 1933. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Dobson, Marjorie. Correspondence [manuscript]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Sylvia Townsend Warner collection of papers, 1922-1978 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Vol. xxxvi (ff. 159). 1920-1921.includes:ff. 2-5, 7 Sir Alexander Balmain Bruce Valentine, Chairman, London Transport Board: Letters to Sir Roy Forbes Harrod from Sir Alexander Balmain Bruce Valentine: 1919-[1922?].f. 9 Stephen Gerald Howard, QC,..., 1920-1921 British Library
referencedIn Plank, George. George Plank papers, 1907-1965 (inclusive). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Gregory, Alyse, 1884-1967. Alyse Gregory papers, 1888-1982 (bulk 1939-1967). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Sylvia Townsend Warner letters, 1937-1977 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Warner, Sylvia Townsend, 1893-1978. Letters, 1964 Dec 23-1976 Aug 14, Dorchester, to Pat [Howard]. Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Davis, Hope Hale. Papers, 1831-1835, 1916-2002 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Vol. LI (ff. 199). 1941-1960, n.d.Margaret Keynes, wife of Sir G L Keynes: Sir Geoffrey Langdon Keynes, surgeon and bibliophile: Correspondence with Frances Cornford: 1913-1955, n.d.: Partly copies.includes:f. 14 Hugh Crichton-Miller, MD: Letters t..., 1941-1960 British Library
creatorOf Warner, Sylvia Townsend, 1893-1978. Sylvia Townsend Warner letters, 1937-1977. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Nancy Hale Papers 251., 1908 - 1989 Sophia Smith Collection
referencedIn Nordoff, Paul, 1909-1977. [Songs. Selections] / Paul Nordoff. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Ursula Vaughan Williams correspondence: Taylor-Young, 1958-2006 British Library
creatorOf Warner, Sylvia Townsend, 1893-1978. Whether a dove or seagull : poems : a discarded appendix / by Sylvia Townsend Warner & Valentine Ackland. Texas A&M University, Evans Library & Annex; Main campus library complex
referencedIn Huebsch, B. W. (Benjamin W.), 1876-1964. B. W. Huebsch papers, 1893-1964. Library of Congress
creatorOf Tate, Allen, 1899-1979. Hopwood Awards Collection, 1930- University of Michigan
creatorOf Warner, Sylvia Townsend, 1893-1978. Letters to C. Roy (Christophe Roy) Hudleston, 1936-1971. Houghton Library
referencedIn Paul Nordoff song scores, ca. 1932-1941 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
referencedIn Powys, Philippa. Katie Powys letters to Elizabeth Wade White, 1938-1954. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Howard Griffin collection of papers, 1942-1975 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Warner, Sylvia Townsend, 1893-1978. Elizabeth Gaskell : manuscript, 19-- Houghton Library
referencedIn Correspondence of Norah Smallwood, with some related material, 1932-1984 Leeds University Library
referencedIn George Plank papers, 1907-1965 (inclusive) Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, 1932-2005 Houghton Library
referencedIn English literature mss., ca. 1750-ca. 1979 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Sylvia Townsend Warner letters to C. Roy (Christophe Roy) Hudleston, 1936-1971. Houghton Library
creatorOf ROYAL MUSICAL ASSOCIATION: papers relating to the sub-committee of the Musical Association set up to investigate the state of musical research; 1938-1943. Partly typewritten copies. Presented by the Royal Musical Association, 7 March 1970. Paper; ff...., 1938-1943 British Library
referencedIn Hale, Nancy, 1908-1988. Papers, 1908-1989. Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Cunard, Nancy, 1896-1965. Nancy Cunard Collection, 1895-1965 (bulk 1908-1965). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
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associatedWith Ackland, Valentine. person
associatedWith Bagguley, John person
associatedWith Brussel, I. R. (Isidore Rosenbaum) 1895- person
associatedWith Clark, Leonard person
associatedWith Clark, Leonard. person
associatedWith Cleverdon, Douglas. person
associatedWith Cook, Frederick, person
associatedWith Cunard, Nancy, 1896-1965 person
associatedWith Davis, Hope Hale. person
associatedWith Dobson, Marjorie. person
associatedWith Downing, Mr., person
associatedWith Foley, Donald L. person
associatedWith Foley, Katharine person
correspondedWith Frederick Cook person
associatedWith Friedman, Philip Allan. person
associatedWith Garnett, David, 1892-1981, person
associatedWith Garnett, David, 1892-1981. person
associatedWith Garnett, Ray person
associatedWith Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn, 1810-1865. person
associatedWith Gerald and Joy Finzi person
associatedWith Gregory, Alyse, 1884-1967. person
associatedWith Griffin, Howard, 1915-1975. person
associatedWith Hale, Nancy, 1908- person
associatedWith Hale, Nancy, 1908-1988. person
associatedWith Howard, Pat, person
associatedWith Hudleston, C. Roy (Christophe Roy), 1905- person
correspondedWith Huebsch, B. W. (Benjamin W.), 1876-1964. person
associatedWith Knopf, Alfred A., 1892-1984, person
associatedWith Menashe, Samuel, 1925-2011. person
associatedWith Monro, Alida Klemantaski. person
correspondedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
correspondedWith New Yorker Magazine, Inc corporateBody
associatedWith Nordoff, Paul, 1909- person
associatedWith Nordoff, Paul, 1909-1977. person
associatedWith Perry, Robin. person
associatedWith Plank, George. person
associatedWith Plank, George. person
associatedWith Powys, Philippa. person
associatedWith Reid, Forrest, 1875-1947. person
associatedWith Sewell, Brocard. person
associatedWith Smallwood, Norah Evelyn, 1909-1984 person
associatedWith Spender, Stephen, 1909-1995. person
associatedWith Steele, Alan person
associatedWith Strachan, W. J. (Walter John), 1903- person
associatedWith Vaughan Williams, Ralph, 1872-1958. person
associatedWith Walsh, James Edward, 1918- person
correspondedWith Walter John Strachan person
correspondedWith Warner, Sylvia Townsend, 1893-1978 person
associatedWith Westminster Bank corporateBody
associatedWith White, Elizabeth Wade, 1906-1994. person
associatedWith White, T. H. (Terence Hanbury), 1906-1964. person
associatedWith Wolfe, Humbert, 1885-1940. person
associatedWith Woolf, Cecil person
correspondedWith Woollcott, Alexander, 1887-1943 person
associatedWith Writers' Fund for Aid to Spain. corporateBody
associatedWith Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
England
Northern Ireland
Spain
Belfast (Northern Ireland)
England
Subject
Finance, Personal
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, English
Music--20th century
Irish literature--20th century
Authors, English--20th century--Archives
English literature--20th century
Poor
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Birth 1893-12-06

Death 1978-05-01

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