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The author of the book: Barbara Pym
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Edition: Moyer Bell
Date of issue: January 1st 2005
ISBN: 1559212438
ISBN 13: 9781559212434
Language: English

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"... she, who had at one time helped and encouraged her husband with his work, had now left him to do it alone, because she feared that with HER help it might quite easily be finished before one of them died, and then where would they be?

This book meant that he spent long hours in his study, presumably working on it. It would not be at all convenient for Mrs. Cleveland to have him hanging about the drawing-room, wanting to be amused.

It was an excellent thing for a husband to have something like research to occupy his time."

Well, isn't it lovely to meet a Charlotte Lucas-Mr Collins(OK, admittedly this is stretching it a bit)-like scenario in a book written in 1939 and first published in 1985?

And this is definitely not the only resemblance between Jane Austen and Barbara Pym. There is a "trademark" gentle humour/irony combined with sharp and brilliant observation both of them possess.

This book is absolutely brilliant, even considering this was a first try by Barbara Pym.

Very much recommended.

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Ebook Crampton Hodnet read Online! 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previously rejected by many publishers, was subsequently published to critical acclaim, and several of her previously unpublished novels were published after her death.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 London for some years, and played a large part in the editing of its scholarly journal, Africa, hence the frequency with which anthropologists crop up in her novels. She never married, despite several close relationships with men, notably Henry Harvey, a fellow Oxford student, and the future politician, Julian Amery. After her retirement, she moved into Barn Cottage at Finstock in Oxfordshire with her younger sister, Hilary, who continued to live there until her death in February 2005. A blue plaque was placed on the cottage in 2006. The sisters played an active role in the social life of the village.

Several strong themes link the works in the Pym "canon", which are more notable for their style and characterisation than for their plots. A superficial reading gives the impression that they are sketches of village or suburban life, with excessive significance being attached to social activities connected with the Anglican church (in particular its Anglo-Catholic incarnation). However, the dialogue is often deeply ironic, and a tragic undercurrent runs through some of the later novels, especially Quartet in Autumn and The Sweet Dove Died.

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