Sir Victor Sawdon Pritchett


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Sir Victor Sawdon Pritchett (16 December 1900 – 20 March 1997), was a British writer and critic. He was particularly known for his short stories, collected in a number of volumes. His most famous nonfiction works are the memoirs A Cab at the Door (1968) and Midnight Oil (1971), and his many collections of essays on literary biography and criticism.

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  • ''In our family, as far as we are concerned, we were born and what happened before that is myth.''
    V.S. (Victor Sawdon) Pritchett (b. 1900), British author. A Cab at the Door, vol. 1 (1968). Opening words of his autobiography.
  • The difference between farce and humour in literature is, I suppose, that farce strums louder and louder on one string, while humour varies its note, changes its key, grows and spreads and deepens unt...
    V.S. (Victor Sawdon) Pritchett (b. 1900), British author, critic. "A Comic Novel," Complete Collected Essays, Random House (1991).
  • ''The principle of procrastinated rape is said to be the ruling one in all the great bestsellers.''
    V.S. (Victor Sawdon) Pritchett (b. 1901), British author, critic. "Clarissa," The Living Novel (1946).
  • ''How extraordinary it is that one feels most guilt about the sins one is unable to commit.''
    V.S. (Victor Sawdon) Pritchett (b. 1900), British author, critic. Midnight Oil, vol. 2, ch. 10 (1971).
  • ''Life—how curious is that habit that makes us think it is not here, but elsewhere.''
    V.S. (Victor Sawdon) Pritchett (b. 1900), British author, critic. Midnight Oil, vol. 2, ch. 6 (1971). "Life is elsewhere" is a loose translation o...
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