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Rosamond Lehmann (1901–1990)

Author of Invitation to the Waltz

24+ Works 2,871 Members 95 Reviews 18 Favorited

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Works by Rosamond Lehmann

Associated Works

The Holy Terrors (1929) — Translator, some editions — 1,703 copies
The Oxford Book of English Short Stories (1998) — Contributor — 189 copies
Modern English Short Stories: Second Series (1911) — Contributor — 62 copies
Infinite Riches (1993) — Contributor — 54 copies
The Penguin New Writing No. 23 (1942) — Contributor — 6 copies
The Heart of Me [2002 film] (2002) — Original book — 6 copies
Tredive mesterfortællinger — Author, some editions — 3 copies
The Paris Review 96 1985 Summer (1985) — Contributor — 2 copies

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Legal name
Lehmann, Rosamond Nina
Birthdate
1901-02-03
Date of death
1990-03-12
Gender
female
Nationality
UK
Birthplace
Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Place of death
London, England, UK
Places of residence
Fieldham, England, UK
London, England, UK
Education
Cambridge University (Girton College|English Literature)
Occupations
novelist
playwright
autobiographer
Relationships
Lehmann, John (brother)
Lehmann, Beatrix (sister)
Rees, Goronwy (lover)
Day-Lewis, Cecil (lover)
Lehmann, R. C. (father)
Organizations
PEN (International Vice-President)
College of Psychic Studies (Vice President)
Awards and honors
Royal Society of Literature Companion of Literature
Order of the British Empire (Commander, 1982)
Short biography
A popular, beautiful and talented British female writer of the 1920s and '30s. She was known for capturing the post WWI outlook of her "lost Generation." She was very skillful at depicting the bind women of the time experienced as war and technology modernized social conventions permanently. She brought home the now eternal feminist problem of having it all: surrendering to a man versus being independent.

Rosamond Lehmann was an older sister of actress Beatrix Lehmann and writer John Lehmann. Her family lived in grand style and Rosamond and her siblings were educated by governesses and tutors. She won a scholarship to Cambridge University, where she read English literature and modern and medieval languages. She married firstly Leslie (later Lord) Runciman, but the marriage was unhappy and the couple divorced in 1927. That same year, she published her first novel, Dusty Answer, which won both critical and popular acclaim. In 1928, she married painter Wogan Philipps, who became Baron Milford. The couple had two children before they divorced.
She had a long affair in the 1940s with the poet Cecil Day-Lewis. The Literary Encyclopedia says, "Rosamond Lehmann was one of the most celebrated writers of the late 1920s and 1930s, famed as much for her beauty and elegance as for her well-crafted interwar novels. Consistently blending romance and loss, her work captures the Zeitgeist of a period much given to nostalgia. Her lasting achievement, however, lies in her acute sense of the tensions and conflicts in women's lives in the interwar years: in the portrayal of the impasse between modernity and convention, between the desire for romance and the need for independence." Lehmann was close with many members of the Bloomsbury Group. She wrote plays and short stories in addition to novels. After the death of her daughter Sally in 1958, Lehmann was emotionally shattered and grew deeply interested in spiritualism; she was elected vice-president of the College of Psychic Studies and edited its publication. In 1967, she published the autobiographical The Swan in the Evening. She also co-wrote the two-volume work Letters from Our Daughters (1971) with Cynthia, Lady Sandys.

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Works
24
Also by
8
Members
2,871
Popularity
#8,927
Rating
½ 3.7
Reviews
95
ISBNs
139
Languages
5
Favorited
18

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