Summer Will Show

By Sylvia Townsend Warner; Claire Harman (Introduction by)
(New York Review of Books, Paperback, 9781590173169, 329pp.)

Publication Date: June 16, 2009

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Description
Sophia Willoughby, a young Englishwoman from an aristocratic family and a person of strong opinions and even stronger will, has packed her cheating husband off to Paris. He can have his tawdry mistress. She intends to devote herself to the serious business of raising her two children in proper Tory fashion.
Then tragedy strikes: the children die, and Sophia, in despair, finds her way to Paris, arriving just in time for the revolution of 1848. Before long she has formed the unlikeliest of close relations with Minna, her husband's sometime mistress, whose dramatic recitations, based on her hair-raising childhood in czarist Russia, electrify audiences in drawing rooms and on the street alike. Minna, "magnanimous and unscrupulous, fickle, ardent, and interfering," leads Sophia on a wild adventure through bohemian and revolutionary Paris, in a story that reaches an unforgettable conclusion amidst the bullets, bloodshed, and hope of the barricades.
Sylvia Townsend Warner was one of the most original and inventive of twentieth-century English novelists. At once an adventure story, a love story, and a novel of ideas, "Summer Will Show" is a brilliant reimagining of the possibilities of historical fiction.



About the Author
"Sylvia Townsend Warner" (1893-1978) published seven novels, four volumes of poetry and eight volumes of short stories. She also wrote the biography of T. H. White, and spent ten years of her life as one of the four editors of the ten-volume compilation Tudor Church Music. She lived most of her adult life with her close companion Valentine Ackland.Faber Finds are reissuing four volumes of her short stories: "Winter in the Air", "A Spirit Rises", "A Stranger with a Bag" and "Scenes of Childhood".

Claire Harman is the author of "Sylvia Townsend Warner", which won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize; "Fanny Burney", which was short-listed for the Whitbread Prize, and the critically acclaimed "Robert Louis Stevenson". Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2006, Harman teaches at the universities of Manchester and Oxford in England and Columbia University in New York City.
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