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By Rosamond Lehmann Jonathan Coe | Comments: ( 355 ) | Date: ( Feb 20, 2020 )

Dusty Answer is Judith Earle s story her solitary childhood spent in the seclusion of her riverside house, her awkward, intense experiences at Cambridge rounded with passion and disillusionment, and her travels abroad with her elegant, socialite mother Above all, this novel is about Judith s consuming relationship with the Fyfe family, who each fall in love with Judith, tDusty Answer is Judith Earle s story her solitary childhood spent in the seclusion of her riverside house, her awkward, intense experiences at Cambridge rounded with passion and disillusionment, and her travels abroad with her elegant, socialite mother Above all, this novel is about Judith s consuming relationship with the Fyfe family, who each fall in love with Judith, transforming her young womanhood.


  • Title: Dusty Answer
  • Author: Rosamond Lehmann Jonathan Coe
  • ISBN: 9781844082940
  • Page: 494
  • Format: Paperback

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Rosamond Lehmann Jonathan Coe

Rosamond Nina Lehmann was born in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, as the second daughter of Rudolph Lehmann and his wife Alice Davis, a New Englander Her father Rudolph Chambers Lehmann was a liberal MP, and editor of the Daily News John Lehmann 1907 1989 was her brother one of her two sisters was the famous actress Beatrix Lehmann.In 1919 she went to Girton College, University of Cambridge to read English Literature, an unusual thing for a woman to do at that time In December 1923 she married Leslie Runciman later 2nd Viscount Runciman of Doxford 1900 1989 , and the couple went to live in Newcastle upon Tyne It was an unhappy marriage, and they separated in 1927 and were divorced later that year.In 1927, Lehmann published her first novel, Dusty Answer, to great critical and popular acclaim The novel s heroine, Judith, is attracted to both men and women, and interacts with fairly openly gay and lesbian characters during her years at Cambridge The novel was a succ s de scandale Though none of her later novels were as successful as her first, Lehmann went on to publish six novels, a play No More Music, 1939 , a collection of short stories The Gypsy s Baby Other Stories, 1946 , a spiritual autobiography The Swan in the Evening, 1967 , and a photographic memoir of her friends Rosamond Lehmann s Album, 1985 , many of whom were famous Bloomsbury figures such as Leonard and Virginia Woolf, Carrington, and Lytton Strachey She also translated two French novels into English Jacques Lemarchand s Genevieve 1948 and Jean Cocteau s Children of the Game 1955 Her novels include A Note in Music 1930 , Invitation to the Waltz 1932 , The Weather in the Streets 1936 , The Ballad and the Source 1944 , The Echoing Grove 1953 , and A Sea Grape Tree 1976.In 1928, Lehmann married Wogan Philipps, an artist They had two children, a son Hugo 1929 1999 and a daughter Sarah or Sally 1934 1958 , but the marriage quickly fell apart during the late Thirties with her Communist husband leaving to take part in the Spanish Civil War During World War II she helped edit and contributed to New Writing, a periodical edited by her brother She had an affair with Goronwy Rees and then a very public affair for nine years 1941 1950 with the married Cecil Day Lewis, who eventually left her for his second wife.Her 1953 novel The Echoing Grove was made into the 2002 film Heart of Me, with Helena Bonham Carter as the main character, Dinah Her book The Ballad and the Source depicts an unhappy marriage from the point of view of a child, and has been compared to Henry James What Maisie Knew.The Swan in the Evening 1967 is an autobiography which Lehmann described as her last testament In it, she intimately describes the emotions she felt at the birth of her daughter Sally, and also when Sally died abruptly of poliomyelitis at the age of 23 or 24 in 1958 while in Jakarta She never recovered from Sally s death Lehmann claimed to have had some psychic experiences, documented in Moments of Truth.Lehmann was awarded the CBE in 1982 and died at Clareville Grove, London on 12 March 1990, aged 89.



Comments Dusty Answer

  • Bettie☯

    bbc/programmes/b00thwrrDescription: Rosamund Lehmann's first novel Dusty Answer records the education of Judith Earle, the only child of an academic father and socialite mother. Judith grew up in the seclusion of a large riverside house in the Thames Valley. The house next door is occupied from time to time by the Fyfe family whose children - cousins Charlie, Roddy, Julian and Martin drift in and out of her life.Part One sees Judith reminiscing about her childhood where the seeds of her strong f [...]


  • Margaret

    This was Lehmann's first novel, published in 1927 when she was just 26. Sales were initially slow, and not much critical notice was taken of the book until Alfred Noyes gave it a glowing review in the Sunday Times, making Dusty Answer a bestseller almost overnight. Its heroine, Judith Earle, is an intelligent, earnest girl who becomes entangled in the lives of five cousins who have occasionally visited at the house next door to Judith's; Judith played with them as a child, and years later, comes [...]


  • Denis

    A forgotten British classic that for some reasons has always been popular in some parts of Europe - it seems never to have been out of print in France. -The prose is exquisite, Lehmann's gift with the English language is amazing and you want to remember most of her sentences for their sheer beauty and the emotions they convey. It's also one of the most beautiful, tender, and melancholic books ever written about adolescence and loss, and it captures the fleeting, elusive complexities of this time [...]


  • Mariel

    "You don't," she said petulantly. "Because you've never troubled to find out what I'm really like. It's never occurred to you there might be anything more than what you see. That's so like a man. Lord, how stupid! Everybody dismissed with a little label. Everybody taken for granted once they've passed a few idiotic conventional tests."Dusty Answer is a black pot calling another black pot black situation. Little girl Judith romanticizes the four teens living with their grandmother during holidays [...]


  • Misha

    “Ah, what a dusty answer gets the soul/When hot for certainties in this our life!”–George Meredith My father-in-law introduced me to Rosamond Lehmann. He sent me a copy of “The Heart of Me,” a film starring Paul Bettany, Olivia Williams and Helena Bonham Carter, a film based on Lehmann’s novel The Echoing Grove. Rosamond Lehmann was a British, 20th-century author who wrote incisively about women’s interior lives. Her writing is deft, accomplished, and, at times, a little melodramat [...]


  • Margot

    There is some books, stories or even characters that you put in the corner of your mind, in the corner of your heart and they follow your everywhere you go. Judith and Roddy follow me everywhere. Rosamond Lehmann isn't well-known here (not for the common readers at least) and I discovered the book thanks to "Atonement" by Ian McEwan (who mentions the book in the novel when a journalist compares Briony's story to "Dusty Answer"). I was curious and chased down the book. There was no more publicati [...]


  • Bob

    This is Lehmann's first novel, from 1927. I didn't realize it is her most famous, a "succès de scandale" for its "sensitive treatment of homosexuality" (in 1970s jacket copy, the "treatment" is always either "sensitive" or "frank").Judith, an intelligent only child of well-to-do but emotionally distant parents, educated at home, becomes infatuated with the neighboring children, who are siblings and cousins all living with one grandmother (for a variety of reasons - they are not orphaned). She s [...]


  • Roman Clodia

    (I'm currently reading My Brilliant Friend and it's recalling 1930s women writers like Lehmann and Antonia White so even though I read this in 2006, I'm posting the review here now)A haunting evocation of the loss of innocenceJudith, sensitive, lonely and secretive, meets the family of cousins who move in next door and falls in love with all of them. This exquisite novel follows her relationships, the disappointments, the joys and the ultimate heartbreak that she experiences as she engages with [...]


  • Margot

    There is some books, stories or even characters that you put in the corner of your mind, in the corner of your heart and they follow your everywhere you go. Judith and Roddy follow me everywhere. Rosamond Lehmann isn't well-known here (not for the common readers at least) and I discovered the book thanks to "Atonement" by Ian McEwan (who mentions the book in the novel when a journalist compares Briony's story to "Dusty Answer"). I was curious and chased down the book. There was no more publicati [...]


  • Leonie

    Outside, where the gentle dusk glimmered on rain-wet branches, the bird-calls were like sudden pale jets of light, coming achingly to the mind; and all at once the sun, like a bell, struck out a poignant richness, a long dark-golden evening note with tears in it, searching all the land with its fullness and dying slowly into a obscurer twilight. The tree-tops were quiet against the sky. There was no leaf upon them: yet, in that liquid mauve air, they stirred in her a sudden soft pang, a beating [...]


  • Ali

    Oh my I loved this novel. It is amazing to think that this novel first published in 1927 was Rosamund Lehmann's first novel. It is so beautifully written, passionate and finely observed. The voices of these young people resonate wonderfully. Their manner of speech could seem affected and odd in these modern times, and yet it serves to demonstrate and bring to life for us now, the times and emotional confusions of so many young people between the wars. This novel must have caused quite a stir upo [...]


  • Mary

    I loved this book of young love.Judith Earle has always been in love with each of her four cousins.Summers spent playing outside in the countryside.All will change when Judith goes to Cambridge college and meets Jennifer!A coming of age novel where one learns who to love and trust.It's hard to believe this was Rosamond's first novel.I will be looking out for more of her wonderful books.


  • Jennie Rogers

    Bits reminded me of my loves Brideshead Revisited & The Great Gatsby & The Secret History but the narrator is more level with her longed for objects of desire: her family is well of, she's clever & pretty & has smart clothes & when she is heartbroken she gets to escape to France & have a love affair yet it isn't good enough for her still. This book is muddled because everyone longs for someone who isn't around & they lead people on who love them. No one is ever good e [...]


  • Aurélia

    Lire Poussière, c'est plonger dans une vague de mélancolie, être submergée par la quête obsessionnelle du souvenir et de la dépendance émotionnelle. C'est découvrir une écriture légère, douce, féérique, extrêmement touchante, vaporeuse, comme cette héroïne qui reste à l'abri de ses voiles sans jamais être saisie par les personnes de son entourage, qui exercent une fascination quasi malsaine sur elle. On est à la limite de l'onirique, d'ailleurs beaucoup de scènes capitales se [...]


  • Briana

    Ugh. I like a lot of English literature from the interwar period, but I really hated this book. The narrator was a total twit.


  • Mel

    I bought this because apparently the sexuality of the main character, being attracted to both men and women, made it quite scandalous. As I'm fascinated by her gay sister I thought it might give an interesting insight into the period. Unfortunately, I just found it a little dull. The problem with the book was that it just felt totally juvenile. The part where they were teenagers felt like they were children, the part where she was at university felt like she was away at boarding school. The male [...]


  • Lesley Glaister

    Published in 1929, this is the story of Judith Earle, a clever, sensitive, lonely girl, in thrall to the family of glamorous cousins that stay for summers in the house next door. She's home educated and, until she goes to University, has hardly any other companions of her own age and no experience of how to be with them. She's wide open and longing for affection, for experience and romance, and it's painful to watch her ricochet from crush to crush, through ill advised passion and perhaps to act [...]


  • Bryan

    Oh, Judith. Judith, Judith, Judith. I love you, I am you and all your foolhardy ways. I really liked this book because Judith is basically cool as cucumber on the outside and a hot mess emotionally inside. The story is slow at parts (I basically could have done without the middle section about how awesome Jennifer is), but worth it in the end. If you don't find yourself screaming out loud "Judith, NO! DON'T!!!!" at one point, then you need mental help.


  • Laura

    From BBC Radio 4 - 15 Minute Drama:Rosamund Lehmann's first novel Dusty Answer records the education of Judith Earle, the only child of an academic father and socialite mother. Judith grew up in the seclusion of a large riverside house in the Thames Valley. The house next door is occupied from time to time by the Fyfe family whose children - cousins Charlie, Roddy, Julian and Martin drift in and out of her life.


  • Janey

    Oh this started so well and then collapsed into a morass of sentimentality and over-description! Two and a half stars - it was a first novel


  • Bryn (Plus Others)

    Memory is a strange thing. I read this book once perhaps fifteen ago, more or less, and in my memory Judith's childhood & her fascination with her neighbours during it was the bulk of the book, and the time at Cambridge just a little piece at the end. Reading it again now, I find that is not how it is structured at all; perhaps the first third is the flashback to her childhood, and then a very long part at Cambridge, and then another section afterwards. And of course, as I am older, I read J [...]


  • Jennifer

    I give this 3 1/2 stars. It was stunningly written--quite beautiful. I loved Judith as well. The story itself was a bit odd and meandering, though I enjoyed it for the most part. Other reviewers describe it much better than I can and some make excellent points.


  • Norah

    3.5 stars.This was a lot better than the other classics I've read! Not the most fascinating of plots, but I read the whole thing without really stopping, and the prose can be fantastic when it wants to be.


  • 5greenway

    Brilliant portrayal of damaged and broken lives.


  • Angelika

    Dusty Answer is Judith Earle's story—her solitary childhood spent in the seclusion of her riverside house, her awkward, intense experiences at Cambridge rounded with passion and disillusionment, and her travels abroad with her elegant, socialite mother. Above all, this novel is about Judith's consuming relationship with the Fyfe family, who each fall in love with Judith, transforming her young womanhood


  • Chiara Tinelli

    Ripenso a quando ho visto per la prima volta la copertina di questo libro e ho automaticamente pensato: Non lo leggerò mai. Per fortuna qualcosa nella trama deve avermi colpita, altrimenti non avrei superato le prime venti, noiose pagine e non avrei scoperto uno dei migliori romanzi che io abbia mai letto.Non aspettatevi una trama sconvolgente o colpi di scena rocamboleschi: Rosamond Lehmann riesce ad ammaliare con una storia semplice, anzi, una storia quasi piatta.Judith Earle, la sua eroina, [...]


  • Roberta

    Dusty Answer è la cronaca della formazione sentimentale della bella e intelligente Judith, dai primi turbamenti adolescenziali al suo ingresso nella vita 'adulta'. Judith è una figlia unica, educata in casa dal padre, e quindi con poche possibilità di relazionarsi con persone della sua età. Quando la signora della casa accanto inizia ad ospitare, saltuariamente, i nipoti (un gruppo di cinque persone, fratelli e cugini: Julian, Charlie, Mariella, Roddy e Martin) Judith inizia a frequentarli, [...]


  • Elizabeth Fremantle

    I loved this book – yes, it is flawed; yes, it flags a little in the middle; yes, the protagonist is at times unappealing (hence 4 stars rather than 5) BUT it captivated me entirely. Set primarily in the 1920s, the novel tells of Judith Earle, a clever, closeted child growing up in relative isolation, and it is only the houseful of cousins (of each other, not her) next door that provides her with anything resembling a social existence. So it is inevitable that she will fall for one of the four [...]


  • Deb

    I found this book on a “if you like Downton Abbey” list and lo and behold, it showed up on my library’s book sale rack! So I had a good little 25-cent read.Written in 1927, it’s not a classic exactly, although I wonder if it has shown up on any women’s studies syllabi. It’s essentially a coming-of-age story about shy, studious Judith Earle, who is captivated by the intense, mysterious set of cousins living next door to her. She falls in love with Roddy, who to the reader is clearly g [...]


  • Yves

    Great work of art - I had already read Invitation to the Waltz a long time ago, and having read Dusty Answer (her first book, I understand), I now know R. Lehmann is a major novelist. The main pleasure comes from the incredible analysis of the characters' psychology. There is a masterful understanding of what starts and maintains the feelings of desire, envy, jealousy, melancholy and despair. The group of young things that compose the story are all wrapped up in a whirlwind of thoughts and passi [...]


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