STEINMAN, MICHAEL (EDITOR).
Title The Element Of Lavishness: Letters Of Sylvia Townsend Warner & William Maxwell 1938 - 1978.
Book Condition Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition.
Edition First Edition.
Publisher Counterpoint, Washington: 2000.
1582431183 / 9781582431185
Seller ID 68653X1
In July 1938, William Maxwell, then twenty-nine years old and the acting poetry editor of The New Yorker, wrote to Sylvia Townsend Warner inviting her to send him verse. Miss Warner, forty-four and famous for her novel Lolly Willowes, had recently begun writing stories for the magazine, antic, inimitable sketches of English life that Maxwell adored. The poems were sent, and a remarkable friendship was begun. Their letters, now edited so artfully by Michael Steinman, are on every page distinguished by gratitude and love, both for each other and for the pleasure of this world. Includes an Index. "Reading this lavish forty-year correspondence between William Maxwell and Sylvia Townsend Warner, I felt as if I never wanted to part from these two charming, witty, audacious, and utterly forthright presences. Here are two storytellers, two canny off-duty prose masters, inspired by their working friendship, gifted with daily insights and a shared delight at the way everything is." - Edward Hirsch
(Key Words: Correspondence, William Maxwill, Letters, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Michael Steinman, Virginia Woolf, Percy Bysshe Shelley, C. K. Scott Moncrieff, Harold W. Ross, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Thomas Hardy, Dwight David Eisenhower, Valentine Ackland).