The Music at Long Verney: Short Stories

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The twenty stories gathered here span a half-century of Sylvia Townsend Warner's remarkable career, and exemplify her prodigious imagination at its most brilliant and most bizarre. Whether set in London or in rural England, each displays the light wit and keen social observation that characterize her best writing. There are tales 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 those who fancy themselves ...
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Overview

The twenty stories gathered here span a half-century of Sylvia Townsend Warner's remarkable career, and exemplify her prodigious imagination at its most brilliant and most bizarre. Whether set in London or in rural England, each displays the light wit and keen social observation that characterize her best writing. There are tales 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 those who fancy themselves their owners. At the heart of the collection are five linked stories about an eccentric establishment, the Abbey Antique Galleries, and its singular proprietor, the urbane Mr. Edom. Some of the stories are comical, some hauntingly lyrical, but all are as bewitching as only vintage Warner can be.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781582432489
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 6/3/2003
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
The Music at Long Verney 3
The Inside-Out 19
Flora 25
Maternal Devotion 33
An Aging Head 41
Love 53
"Stay, Corydon, Thou Swain" 59
Afternoon in Summer 71
A Scent of Roses 77
Tebic 89
A Flying Start 97
English Mosaic 102
The Candles 115
Furnivall's Hoopoe 124
The Listening Woman 135
Item, One Empty House 147
Four Figures in a Room. A Distant Figure 155
Qwertyuiop 162
A Brief Ownership 171
In the Absence of Mrs. Bullen 176
Afterword 187
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