Barbara Pym





Barbara Pym

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born
in Oswestry, Shropshire, The United Kingdom
June 02, 1913

died
January 11, 1980

gender
female

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influences
Aldous Huxley, Jane Austen


About this author

After studying English at St Hilda's College, Oxford, she served in the Women's Royal Naval Service during World War II.

The turning point for Pym came with a famous article in the Times Literary Supplement in which two prominent names, Lord David Cecil and Philip Larkin, nominated her as the most underrated writer of the century. Pym and Larkin had kept up a private correspondence over a period of many years. Her comeback novel, Quartet in Autumn, was nominated for the Booker Prize. Another novel, The Sweet Dove Died, previously rejected by many publishers, was subsequently published to critical acclaim, and several of her previously unpublished novels were published after her death.

Pym worked at the International African Institute in Lond...more


Average rating: 3.96 · 13,134 ratings · 1,544 reviews · 21 distinct works · Similar authors
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More books by Barbara Pym…
“Of course it's alright for librarians to smell of drink.”
Barbara Pym

“The small things of life were often so much bigger than the great things . . . the trivial pleasure like cooking, one's home, little poems especially sad ones, solitary walks, funny things seen and overheard.”
Barbara Pym

“I realised that one might love him secretly with no hope of encouragement, which can be very enjoyable for the young or inexperienced.”
Barbara Pym, Excellent Women

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