Scenes of Childhood

Scenes of Childhood

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In the course of her brilliant career Sylvia Townsend Warner wrote superbly in many and diverse forms but never penned a memoir, properly speaking. However, from the 1930s to the 1970s she did contribute a series of short reminiscences to the New Yorker. Scenes of Childhood collects and orders those reminiscences, thus forming a volume that reads as a joyous, wry and moving testament to the experience of being alive. The collection evokes a recognisably English world of nannies, butlers, pet podles, public schools, 'good works' and country churches, but the resonances of these stories are universal - funny and touching by turns.... and ornamented with gold scrollings and curlicues, screened the lower twothirds of the window. Above, on a hanging shelf, stood the three flasks, vouchsafing only the barest hint of the colours they were lavishing on wall and floor within.

Title:Scenes of Childhood
Author:Sylvia Townsend Warner
Publisher:Faber & Faber - 2011-05-19


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