Sylvia Townsend Warner (born 1893) was an English novelist, poet and musicologist who resided in Dorset. Described as one of the ‘bright young things’ of the 1920s, Townsend Warner began her career researching the 15th and 16th century music.
Her first major success in publishing came from the novel Lolly Willowes in 1926. The novel was an instant hit with critics and reader alike and shot her into literary fame, particularly in America. Notably, Townsend contributed stories to the New Yorker magazine for forty years. She is recognised for her individual approach to prose and sharply observed wit.