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This Narrow Place: Sylvia Townsend Warner and Valentine Ackland - Life, Letters and Politics (Pandora Press Life and Times) [Paperback]

Wendy Mulford
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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Rivers Oram Press (26 May 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863582621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863582622
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,507,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful

Sylvia Townsend Warner and Valentine Ackland were remarkable and unorthodox women.

"Syliva kept hearing of a young woman in the village who lived alone... she wore trousers, which were not commonly found on young women at that period. Not in Dorset, anyway. And she wrote poetry...".

This Narrow place celebrates a poignant and unique partnership - personal, literary and political - and for the first time throws light on Sylvia's mysterious lover, the less well-known poet, Valentine Ackland.

They met in Dorset in 1926, shortly after the publication of Sylvia's first novel, 'Lolly Willowes', whilst Valentine was recuperating from an abortion and an unhappy marriage.

Together they embarked upon literary and radical careers which would take them to Spain during the civil war and to the USA.

They lived together for nearly 40 years, until Valentines death. It was a relationship that spanned the heady period of left-wing cultural activity during the 1930s and 1940s, and survived the strains of Sylvia's increasing fame as a novelist as well as Valentine's search for consolation through drinking and other relationships.

Focusing on the most politically active years of their relationship, Wendy Mulford draws on unpublished letters, journals and photographs to bring us a vivid and moving picture of their lives together.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best biography 10 Feb 2000
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Mulford's biography of Warner and Ackland is the best source of information on their lives, politics, and writing so far. She gives a remarkably comprehensive and insightful account of the twenty years on which her books centers. This is one of the best biographies of anyone that I have ever read.
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