Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society- now in open access!

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List members may be interested in the new issue of the Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society, the first to be available as a free open access download from UCL Press, the UK's first fully-open access university press. Apologies for any cross-posting.


Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society

Edited by Prof. Peter Swaab, University College London (UCL)

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The groundbreaking feminist lesbian writer Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893-1978) was a highly individual writer of novels, short stories and poems, and a contemporary of writers such as Virginia Woolf and Djuna Barnes. Her first novel Lolly Willowes (1926) established her as a new literary talent and was shortlisted for the Prix Femina. She contributed short stories to the New Yorker for more than forty years, and went on to write several more novels, exploring the themes of women’s position in society and sexual ambiguity. Her reputation was re-established in the 1970s, during her lifetime, when her work was published by the newly launched Virago Modern Classics imprint.

Although there has been a revival of Sylvia Townsend Warner's work in recent years, she remains an under-appreciated figure. The Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society aims to create a wider interest in this brilliant, original and witty writer. Featuring scholarly articles, previously unpublished archival works by Warner, and pieces by well-known contemporary writers describing their appreciation of Warner, the journal is now being published twice a year by UCL Press, online in open access form, providing access to a much wider readership.  

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Articles in this volume include:

pp. ix-xii(4) 
Author: Swaab, Peter

The Kingdom of Elfin 
pp. 1-5(5) 
Author: Warner, Sylvia Townsend

A Note on Sylvia Townsend Warner's 'The Kingdom of Elfin' (1927) 
pp. 6-8(3) 
Author: Plock, Vike Martina

The Corner that Held Them: 'A Note on the Historical Background' 
pp. 9-13(5) 
Author: Warner, Sylvia Townsend

The Sea-Change: Opera Libretto in Six Scenes 
pp. 14-34(21) 
Author: Warner, Sylvia Townsend

'Heavenly Hermaphroditism': A Note on The Sea-Change 
pp. 35-39(5) 
Author: Swaab, Peter

An Interview with Sylvia Townsend Warner (1971) 
pp. 40-42(3) 
Author: Bowles, Chris

Sylvia's Gifts: Meetings with Sylvia Townsend Warner in the 1970s 
pp. 43-52(10) 
Author: Minter, Tinch

Quiet Revolutions 
pp. 53-67(15) 
Author: Chambers, Amanda

Threads: The Delicate Life of John Craske by Julia Blackburn 
pp. 68-72(5) 
Author: Robinson, Peter

Bloomsbury's Outsider: A Life of David Garnett by Sarah Knights 
pp. 73-75(3) 
Author: Mitchell, D.M.

Notes on Contributors 
pp. 76-77(2)


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