Welcome to The Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society
An open-access journal publishing original research papers and scholarly articles on this brilliant, original and witty writer.
Publishing one issue per year, The Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society features scholarly articles, previously unpublished archival works by Warner, and pieces by well-known contemporary writers describing their appreciation of Warner. Although there has been a revival of Sylvia Townsend Warner's work in recent years, she remains an under-appreciated figure. 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 six more novels ranging far and wide in time and place, dazzlingly full of what she called “the oddness of the world and the surprisingness of mankind.” Her reputation was re-established in the 1970s, when her work was published by the newly launched Virago Modern Classics imprint.