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This is an auction for DUSTY ANSWER by Rosamond Lehmann.

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"Dusty Answer is English author Rosamond Lehmann's first novel, published in 1927. She sent it unsolicited to publishers Chatto & Windus who agreed to publish it, saying it showed 'decided quality'. It went unnoticed on initial publication but then received an effusive review by Alfred Noyes of The Sunday Times who called it 'the sort of novel Keats would have written', which brought it to public attention and it became a bestseller, and according to The Guardian a 'landmark book of the interwar period'. Its success allowed Lehmann to leave her then husband and run off with maverick artist Wogan Phillips whom she later married. The story contains many elements of the author's own childhood and upbringing, albeit idealised. Like the author, the protagonist, Judith Earle, grew up privately educated in a large riverbank house in Buckinghamshire, but unlike the author, Judith is an only child, with her only playmates being the five cousins next door: Julian, Charlie, Roddy, Martin and Mariella. Childhood friendships develop into romantic entanglements that continue as Judith leaves home for Girton College, Cambridge. Judith's brief romantic involvement with Jennifer, a fellow student, scandalized contemporary readers. With the exception of Alfred Noyes, most contemporary reviews concentrated on what was perceived as the author's unhealthy preoccupation with sex. In her memoir The Swan in the Evening, Lehmann states 'It was discussed, and even reviewed, in certain quarters as the outpourings of a sex-maniac'. The novel triggered a literary scandal and came to be regarded as an epitome of the Zeitgeist..."

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Penguin paperback 1982.

303 pages.

Very good condition.

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