Barbara Pym


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Barbara Mary Crampton Pym (2 June 1913 – 11 January 1980) was an English novelist. In the 1950s she wrote a series of social comedies, of which the best known are Excellent Women (1952) and A Glass of Blessings (1958). In 1977 her career was revived when the biographer David Cecil and the poet Philip Larkin both nominated her as the most underrated writer of the century. Her novel Quartet in ... more »

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  • ''It was odd how one found oneself making trivial conversation on important occasions. Perhaps it was because one could not say what was really in one's mind.''
    Barbara Pym (1913-1980), British novelist. An Unsuitable Attachment, ch. 22 (1982).
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