Lolly Willowes

Lolly Willowes
Lolly Willowes

Lolly Willowes

or, The Loving Huntsman
By Sylvia Townsend Warner


264 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $16.95 (CA $19.95) (US $16.95)

ISBN 9780915864911

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Sep 1979)
Academy Chicago Publishers


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In this delightful and witty novel, Laura Willowes rebels against pressure to be the perfect "maiden aunt." Not interested in men or the rushed life of London, Laura is forced to move there from her beloved countryside after the death of her father. Finally, she strikes out for the countryside on her own, selling her soul to an affable but rather simpleminded devil. First written in the 1920s, this book is timely and entertaining. It was the first selection of the Book of the Month Club in 1926.


"A skillfully told morality tale." — New York Times Book Review

"Lolly Willowes is a treasure; profound, crisp, and brilliant, an allegory to enchant even the reader with little patience for allegory, a fantasy firmly and illuminatingly located in the very dailiness of life..." — Boston Sunday Globe

Author Biography

Sylvia Townsend Warner was born in Harrow, England, in 1893. She lived in Dorset until her death in the spring of 1978.
A serious student of fifteenth and sixteenth century music, she was for ten years one of four editors of Tudor Church Music, a compilation in ten volumes. In 1925 she published The Espalier, a book of verse. Lolly Willowes was her first novel. It appeared in 1926, and was followed in the next two years by Mr. Fortune's Maggot and The True Heart. These books helped to found her a considerable literary reputation.
Each of her novels deals with a different aspect of life, and indeed with different periods of history. Her work ranged from a picture of life in a fourteenth century French convent, The Corner That Held Them (1943), to uprisings of 1848 in Paris, Summer Will Show (1936).
She published in all twenty books: seven novels, four books of poetry, a volume of essays and a biography. Her short stories, most of which we re contributed over a period of forty years to the New Yorker Magazine, filled eight volumes. Her biography of T. H. White received critical acclaim. She edited and wrote an introduction to the recent edition of White's Book of Merlyn.
At the time of her death she was a work making a selection of her best short stories for one volume, and was also writing a new preface to this edition of Lolly Willowes. She was unfortunately unable to complete either project.