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Reminder: Mother

Adam Mars-Jones: Helen Phillips, 2 January 2020

The Need 
by Helen Phillips.
Chatto, 272 pp., £16.99, August 2019, 978 1 78474 284 3
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... generation and a bit of women, not just Bagnold (born 1889) but Rose Macaulay (born 1881) and Sylvia TownsendWarner (born 1893). This seems especially unjust when one of them successfully addresses, as Bagnold does in The Squire, the area where Woolf is weakest – engagement with the body, unintellectualised ...

Convenient Death of a Hero

Arnold Rattenbury, 8 May 1997

Beyond the Frontier: the Politics of a Failed Mission, Bulgaria 1944 
by E.P. Thompson.
Merlin/Stanford, 120 pp., £12.95, December 1996, 0 85036 457 4
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... Time and Theatre Today, the journals on which I worked, were the happily idiosyncratic Communists Sylvia TownsendWarner, Edgell Rickword, Patrick Hamilton, Montagu Slater, Randall Swingler and, around them, particularly in nearby pubs, such friends as Nancy Cunard, Lennox Berkeley, Roy Fuller, John Minton, Dylan ...

How the sanity of poets can be edited away

Arnold Rattenbury: The Sanity of Ivor Gurney, 14 October 1999

‘Severn and Somme’ and ‘War’s Embers’ 
by Ivor Gurney, edited by R.K.R. Thornton.
Carcanet, 152 pp., £7.95, September 1997, 1 85754 348 3
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80 Poems or So 
by Ivor Gurney, edited by George Walter and R.K.R. Thornton.
Carcanet, 148 pp., £9.95, January 1997, 1 85754 344 0
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... collecting which went back to Cecil Sharpe. And of Whitman, who had taken him ‘at the flood’. Sylvia TownsendWarner, another of Vaughan Williams’s composition students, had just completed her ‘Requiem’, a setting of Whitman for string quartet and voice and, fumbling towards her quite different eventual ...

Paean to Gaiety

Lorna Sage, 22 September 1994

The Apparitional Lesbian: Female Homosexuality and Modern Culture 
by Terry Castle.
Columbia, 322 pp., £20, January 1994, 0 231 07652 5
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... of feeling will do. Still, some writers and some texts respond to this treatment splendidly. Sylvia TownsendWarner’s little-known 1936 historical novel, Summer Will Show, forms the basis for an elaborate revision of Eve Sedgwick’s ‘homosocial’ model for the classic novel plot (basically, women as means to ...

Come and Stay

Arnold Rattenbury, 27 November 1997

England and the Octopus 
by Clough Williams-Ellis.
CPRE, 220 pp., £10.95, December 1996, 0 946044 50 3
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Clough Williams-Ellis: RIBA Drawings Monograph No 2 
by Richard Haslam.
Academy, 112 pp., £24.95, March 1996, 1 85490 430 2
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Clough Williams-Ellis: The Architect of Portmeirion 
by Jonah Jones.
Seren, 204 pp., £9.95, December 1996, 1 85411 166 3
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... bookshop; Patrick Hamilton and some others became inconsolable drunks; to be cheerful a moment, Sylvia TownsendWarner, an old comrade of Amabel’s whom I once took over to see her again, found imagery and setting for the total breakdown of 20th-century belief and system, and made of them her 14th-century Corner ...

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