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Sylvia Townsend Warner (December 6, 1893 – May 1, 1978)

Valentine Ackland was an English poet, an important figure in the emergence of modernism in 20th century British poetry. In 1925 at the age of 19, she married Richard Turpin, a homosexual who was unable to consummate their marriage. In less than a year, she had her marriage to Turpin annulled and never returned to a serious relationship with a man. Sylvia Townsend Warner was an English novelist and poet. Warner was friendly with a number of the "Bright Young People" of the 1920s. In 1923, she met T. F. Powys, whose writing influenced her own and whose work she in turn encouraged. It was at Powys' home that Warner, in 1930, first met Valentine Ackland; the two women fell in love and settled at Frome Vauchurch, Dorset. They had a lifelong relationship, albeit tumultuous at times given Ackland's increasing alcoholism and infidelities. Warner was 12 years older than Ackland, and the two lived together until Ackland’s death from breast cancer in 1969. Selected letters between the two have been published: Wendy Mulford edited This Narrow Place in 1988, and ten years later Susanna Pinney published another selection, Jealousy in Connecticut. They are buried together at St Nicholas Churchyard, Chaldon Herring, Dorset, England.

Timeline & Places:

December 6, 1893: born at Harrow School, 5 High St, Harrow, Harrow on the Hill HA1 3HP, UK

1917: lived at 127 Queensway, London W2 4SJ, Regno Unito

1921: lived at 121 Inverness Terrace, London W2 6JF, Regno Unito

1928: lived at 113 Inverness Terrace, London W2 6JH, Regno Unito, sharing with Valentine Ackland

1930 to 1933: lived at Miss Green's Cottage, Chaldon Herring, Dorchester DT2 8DN, Regno Unito, sharing with Valentine Ackland

1933: lived at Frankfort Manor, Sloley, Norwich NR12 8HA, Regno Unito, sharing with Valentine Ackland

1935: lived at The Hut Dairy, Chydyok Rd, Chaldon Herring, Dorchester DT2 8DL, Regno Unito, sharing with Valentine Ackland

1937 to 1978: lived at Riverside Cottage, Dorchester DT2 0DX, Regno Unito, sharing with Valentine Ackland

1950 to 1951: lived at Salthouse, Holt NR25 7XG, Regno Unito, sharing with Valentine Ackland

May 1, 1978: died. Buried at St Nicholas, Chaldon Herring, Dorchester DT2 8DN, Regno Unito. Buried alongside: Valentine Ackland (May 20, 1906 – November 9, 1969)


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