Barbara Pym

Pym, Barbara

Barbara Pym (Barbara Mary Crampton Pym), 1913–80, English writer. Her books are quiet comedies, often dealing with older, usually frustrated, and isolated characters. After success with such novels as Excellent Women (1952) and A Glass of Blessings (1958), her works went out of print. In 1977, after publishing A Quartet in Autumn, she was praised by several British critics, and her novels subsequently became widely available again.

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Barbara Pym: Selected full-text books and articles

"All This Reading": The Literary World of Barbara Pym By Frauke Elisabeth Lenckos; Ellen J. Miller Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2003
"Always Sincere, Not Always Serious": Robert Liddell and Barbara Pym By Smith, Robert Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 41, No. 4, Winter 1995
The "Enviable Detachment" of the Anthropologist: Barbara Pym's Anthropological Aesthetic By Fulton, Joe B Papers on Language & Literature, Vol. 39, No. 1, Winter 2003
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Everyday Barbara Pym By McClay, B. D First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life, No. 265, August/September 2016
Barbara Pym's Affectionate Irony By Carter, Betty Smartt First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life, No. 167, November 2006
Barbara Pym in Henley By May, Radmila Contemporary Review, Vol. 268, No. 1561, February 1996
The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction By Brian W. Shaffer Wiley-Blackwell, vol.1, 2011
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