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Lolly Willowes

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Publisher Description

Considered an early feminist classic, Sylvia Townsend Warner’s Lolly Willowes; Or The Loving Huntsman is a fantastical comedy about a middle-aged witch and her search for peace that was selected as the first ever Book of the Month upon publication in 1926.

“When her father died, Laura Willowes went to live in London with her elder brother and his family…[she] was a gentle creature, and the little girls loved her; she would soon fit into her new home. London would be a pleasant change for her. She would meet nice people, and in London she would have a better chance of marrying. Lolly was twenty-eight. She would have to make haste if she were going to find a husband before she was thirty.” Feeling suffocated by the demands of her family, Laura Willowes abandons everything to move to Chiltern Hills. Acquainting herself with her neighbors and the land, she experiences a taste of freedom she desires; unaware that her nephew Titus has invaded her new home. Annoyed by his expectations, Laura goes out into the woods and forges a pact with Satan to be free, and begins to dabble in witchcraft. Professionally typeset with a beautifully designed cover, this edition of Lolly Willowes; Or, The Loving Hunstman is a reimagining of a feminist classic for the modern reader.

Since our inception in 2020, Mint Editions has kept sustainability and innovation at the forefront of our mission. Each and every Mint Edition title gets a fresh, professionally typeset manuscript and a dazzling new cover, all while maintaining the integrity of the original book.

With thousands of titles in our collection, we aim to spotlight diverse public domain works to help them find modern audiences. Mint Editions celebrates a breadth of literary works, curated from both canonical and overlooked classics from writers around the globe.

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“Um, Satan? Hey, hi, it’s me. You happen to have any more of those kitten familiars up for grabs? Any vacancies in a witch coven? Any cozy cottages in the English countryside surrounded by rolling hills where the moon goes hunting with black and white hounds? Because I’m literally begging you to take my soul.”

About Sylvia Townsend Warner

Sylvia Townsend Warner (1892 - 1978) was a novelist, poet and musicologist. The only child of George and Nora Townsend Warner, Sylvia was a precocious child who studied under her father. Beginning with her first novel, Lolly Willowes; Or The Loving Huntsman (1926), Warner embarked on a writing career that embraced themes of subversion, female empowerment and a rejection of Christian practice and philosophies. Inspired by her partner, Valentine Achland—and inspired by fellow author David Garnett, Warner went on to publish several novels including Mr. Fortune’s Maggot (1927), Summer Will Show (1936), and The Corner That Held Them (1948); as well as multiple short story collections and books of poetry. Remembered as a feminist and lesbian icon, her work was influential for a generation of British women writers to come.

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