It is best…

It is best as one grows older to strip oneself of possessions, to shed oneself downward like a tree, to be almost wholly earth before one dies.

– Sylvia Townsend Warner


Born in Harrow on the Hill, London, The United Kingdom December 06, 1893
Died: May 01, 1978
Gender: female
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Poetry

Sylvia Townsend Warner was born at Harrow on the Hill, the only child of George Townsend Warner and his wife Eleanora (Nora) Hudleston. Her father was a house-master at Harrow School and was, for many years, associated with the prestigious Harrow History Prize which was renamed the Townsend Warner History Prize in his honour, after his death in 1916. As a child, Sylvia seemingly enjoyed an idyllic childhood in rural Devonshire, but was strongly affected by her father’s death.

She moved to London and worked in a munitions factory at the outbreak of World War I. She was friendly with a number of the “Bright Young Things” of the 1920s. Her first major success was the novel Lolly Willowes. In 1923 Warner met T. F. Powys whose writing influenced…more

7 thoughts on “It is best…

  1. The first ever Book-of-the-Month Club selection, Sylvia Townsend Warner’s Lolly Willowes, was about a woman who discovers that she’s a witch. The club began 87 years ago yesterday, 10/3/13 .

  2. More true words have never been spoken. Shed yourself of the weight of possessions so that you may travel faster to – – – nowhere.

  3. I’ve read that in some places in China the very old give away all their possessions, remaining only with one bowl for their rice. It’s all that’s really needed.

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