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Music at Long Verney - Sylvia Townsend Warner

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Published: 1st May 2003
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"Reading these wonderful, almost-lost stories is like finding a buried treasure of fine gold and silver. "--Alison Lurie. 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. "

Forewordp. vii
The Music at Long Verneyp. 3
The Inside-Outp. 19
Florap. 25
Maternal Devotionp. 33
An Aging Headp. 41
Lovep. 53
"Stay, Corydon, Thou Swain"p. 59
Afternoon in Summerp. 71
A Scent of Rosesp. 77
Tebicp. 89
A Flying Startp. 97
English Mosaicp. 102
The Candlesp. 115
Furnivall's Hoopoep. 124
The Listening Womanp. 135
Item, One Empty Housep. 147
Four Figures in a Room. A Distant Figurep. 155
Qwertyuiopp. 162
A Brief Ownershipp. 171
In the Absence of Mrs. Bullenp. 176
Afterwordp. 187
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ISBN: 9781582432489
ISBN-10: 1582432481
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st May 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.03 x 14.28  x 1.09
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1