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The Music at Long Verney: Short Stories

Warner, Sylvia Townsend; Steinman, Michael

ISBN 10: 1582431124 / ISBN 13: 9781582431123
Published by Counterpoint Press, 2001
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: The Music at Long Verney: Short Stories

Publisher: Counterpoint Press

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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A new book by an old master-twenty short stories, all of them previously uncollected, by the inimitable Sylvia Townsend Warner Of the previous century's many great storytellers, Sylvia Townsend Warner was the supreme enchantress. The Music at Long Verney collects twenty of her best short stories, most of them from the great years at The New Yorker. They span a full half-century, from 1929 to 1977, and are crowded with irrepressible, living characters and even more animated objects and incidents. There are stories of romantic love and the mysteries of marriage; of artists who speak the truth even as they distort reality; of gardens and houses and very fine things and of those who fancy themselves their owners. The centerpiece of the collection is a series of five linked stories about an eccentric establishment, the Abbey Antiques Gallery, and its singular proprietor, the urbane Mr. Edom. Some of these stories are hilarious, others hauntingly lyrical, but all are incomparably witty and original-in short, they're vintage Warner.

"On every page," writes John Updike, "there is something to be seen or smelled or felt. . . Beneath her refined witchery lies a strange freshness one can only call, in praise, primitive."

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In a prolific and varied literary lifetime, Sylvia Townsend Warner published some thirty books, among them seven novels and ten collections of short stories. She died in 1978, at the age of eighty-four, in her longtime home, the village of Maiden Newton in Dorset, England.

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