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Comic Art of Barbara Pym
Mason Cooley
0404615880
Sept 1990
Hardcover
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Reading Barbara Pym
Deborah Donato
0838640958
January 2006
Hardcover
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Excellent Women
Barbara Pym
0452267307
May 1988
Paperback
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Book Review
An unqualifiedly great novel from the writer most likely to be compared to Jane Austen, this is a very funny, perfectly written book that can rival any other in its ability to capture the essence of its characters on the page. Mildred Lathbury, the narrator of Pym's excellent book is a never-married woman in her 30s--which in 1950s England makes her a nearly-confirmed spinster. Hers is a pretty unexciting life, centered around her small church, and part-time job. But Mildred is far more perceptive and witty than even she seems to think, and when Helena and Rockingham Napier move into the flat below her, there seems to be a chance for her life to take a new direction.

From AudioFile
Over thirty and bordering on spinsterhood, Mildred Lathbury lives a quiet life in an unfashionable...


Jane and Prudence
Barbara Pym
0745127282
Aug 1995
Audio Cassette - Unabridged
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Book Description
Middle-aged Jane is the well-intentioned but far from perfect clergyman's wife and mother. Prudence, who at 29 is teetering at the edge of spinsterhood, is an attractive, educated working girl. The two best friends share memories of their carefree days at Oxford, leisurely lunches, and gossip, but their ultimate goal is to find a suitable mate for Prudence. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Jane and Prudence
Barbara Pym
1559212268
June 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
Middle-aged Jane is the well-intentioned but far from perfect clergyman's wife and mother. Prudence, who at 29 is teetering at the edge of spinsterhood, is an attractive, educated working girl. The two best friends share memories of their carefree days at Oxford, leisurely lunches, and gossip, but their ultimate goal is to find a suitable mate for Prudence.


Crampton Hodnet
Barbara Pym
1559212438
May 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
Unsuitable romance is the theme of this wickedly comedic novel. A series of entanglements brings together an odd assortment of characters - clergymen, university dons, naive students, and academic hangers-on - with hilarious results.

Language Notes
Text: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Civil to Strangers
Barbara Pym
0753101882
Jan 1998
Audio Cassette - Unabridged
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From AudioFile
Understated and proper, maintaining unflappability no matter what's roiling beneath the surface--that's the way of the British and the way of a Barbara Pym story. And that's what we get from Gretel Davis, narrator of CIVIL TO STRANGERS, a posthumously published volume comprising a novel, three novellas, four short stories, and an autobiographical essay on Pym's writing career. Using well-sharpened insight and description, Pym whittles away at mundane lives to reveal the drama beneath the soul-squelching compromises that got the characters where they are. Understated yet full of possibility, Davis's tone seems right for the deceptive simplicity of Pym's stories. T.F. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine


A Glass of Blessings
Barbara Pym
0786299398
Aug 1994
Audio Cassette - Unabridged
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From AudioFile
Barbara Pym successfully recreates a bygone era, class and lifestyle which few can relate to--particularly Americans. She supplies readers with a kind of time travel back to the days when the Church of England, priests, gentry, Mass, good works and gossip were the chief pastimes of village life. Jameson does a great job reading, especially with the annoying snobbishness of the main character, Wilmet Forsyth. Jameson enhances the text by handling Pym's farce and satire beautifully. An apt selection for British collections and sophisticated listeners. S.G.B. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

Book Description
Well dressed, well looked after, suitably husbanded, good looking and fairly young. Wilmet Forsyth is most, if not all of those things. No matter that Rodney, the handsome army...


All This Reading: The Literary World of Barbara Pym
Frauke Lenckos
0838639569
March 2003
Hardcover
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Choice, October 2003
Highly recommended.

Judy McInnis, University of Delaware
The essays in this volume convince this reader that Pym stands up to comparison with her great forbears.

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Barbara Pym
Orphia Jane Allen
0810828758
June 1994
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Pym was rediscovered by critics just a few years before her death in 1980. Pym's fans (and there are many) relish her representations of middle-class British life in novels distinguished by nuance and humorous portrayals that generally embrace women characters who most agreeably accept their (ultimately) solitary status. Allen's four-part study offers even more than her intended goals "to distill an essence of Pym." Indeed, this lucid accounting of Pym's entire oeuvre discusses her work in considerable depth, and it also examines critical issues and offers an exhaustive bibliography that will assist literature teachers and Pym scholars. Anyone who enjoys Pym's writing will savor Allen's research and without a doubt be motivated to seek out those novels not yet read. Alice Joyce

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The Subversion of Romance in the Novels of Barbara Pym
Ellen M. Tsagaris
0879727640
April 1998
Paperback
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Some Tame Gazelle
Barbara Pym
1559212640
March 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
Barbara Pym is a master at capturing the subtle mayhem that takes place in the apparent quiet of the English countryside. Fifty-something sisters Harriet and Belinda Bede live a comfortable, settled existence. Belinda, the quieter of the pair, has for years been secretly in love with the town's pompous (and married) archdeacon, whose odd sermons leave members of his flock in muddled confusion. Harriet, meanwhile, a bubbly extrovert, fends off proposal after proposal of marriage. The arrival of Mr. Mold and Bishop Grote disturb the peace of the village and leave the sisters wondering if they'll ever return to the order of their daily routines. Some Tame Gazelle, first published in Britain nearly 50 years ago, was the first of Pym's nine novels.


Barbara Pym
Anne M. Wyatt-Brown
0826208207
July 1992
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Several of the novels written by British author Barbara Pym (1913-1979) are devoted to amusing and detailed character studies of upper-middle-class unmarried British women ( Excellent Women ; Jane and Prudence ). In this well-reasoned psychological analysis of the author's art, Wyatt-Brown draws on the body of Pym's work, her unpublished papers and interviews with the author's sister to support the thesis that Pym's encounters with unrequited love and emotional deprivation were the inspiration for her writing. In later life Pym published Quartet in Autumn , a powerful fictionalized version of her own experiences with illness and aging that finally established her reputation. Enthusiasts and scholars will find this penetrating analysis a useful tool with which to view Pym's life and work. Wyatt-Brown is...


A few Green Leaves
Barbara Pym
1559212284
May 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
Published in the last year of Barbara Pym's life, A Few Green Leaves combines the rural settings of her earliest novels with the themes and characters of her later works. The result is a compelling portrait of a town that seems to be forgotten by time, but which is unmistakably affected by it. Romance shares the pages with death in this engaging novel that is the culmination of Barbara Pym's acclaimed writing career.


Sweet Dove Died
Barbara Pym
1559213019
February 2003
Paperback
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From AudioFile
Novelist Barbara Pym's deft touch with the nuances of personality and social class in England in the 1970's is enhanced by Sheila Hancock's skillful reading. Her evocative characterizations bring a rich fullness to the quiet story of Lenore, a beautiful but aging woman competing for the affections of James, a man almost half her age. She manages to vanquish his young girlfriend but has more difficulty with a young American male lover. She also must cope with James's uncle, who is pursuing her. Hancock reflects Pym's sympathy for the confusion and loneliness of the characters but also catches the humor in the author's razor-sharp depictions of their follies. T.R. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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The Life and Work of Barbara Pym
Dale Salwak
0877451591
Dec 1986
Hardcover
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An Unsuitable Attachment
Barbara Pym
1856956873
January 1997
Audio
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