This is the first collection of essays devoted to the work of this much under-rated and important twentieth-century writer. The essays engage with some of the variety of Warner's output - her short fiction, letters and fantasy writing - as well as her major novels. This collection includes a range of approaches to the work of a writer who has much to say to contemporary readers and whose work, long appreciated by feminist readers in particular, is now being considered by academic critics and a wider audience.
Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Gill Davies: The Corners That Held Her: The Importance of Place in Sylvia Townsend Warner's Writing; 1. Margaretta Jolly - A Word is a Bridge: Death and Epistolary Form in the Correspondence of Sylvia Townsend Warner and David Garnett; 2. Frances Bingham - The Practice of the Presence of Valentine: Ackland in Warner's Work; 3. John Simons - On the Compositional Genetics of the Kingdom of Elfin together with a Note on Tortoises; 4. Mary Jacobs - Sylvia Townsend Warner and the Politics of the English Pastoral 1925-1934; 5. Emily M. Hinnov - A Counter-Reading to Conquest: "Primitivism" and Utopian Longing in Sylvia Townsend Warner's Mr. Fortune's Maggot; 6. Rosemary Sykes - "This was a Lesson in History": Sylvia Townsend Warner, George Townsend Warner and the Matter of History; 7. Chris Hopkins - Sylvia Townsend Warner and the Historical Novel 1936-1948; 8. David Malcolm, The Flint Anchor and the Conventions of Historical Fiction; Notes on Contributors; Index.