Barbara Pym

British writer

1913   -   1980

genre: novel
country of citizenship: United Kingdom
languages spoken, written or signed: English
educated at: St Hilda's College, Huyton College
occupation: author, novelist, autobiographer

Barbara Mary Crampton Pym FRSL (2 June 1913 – 11 January 1980) was an English novelist. In the 1950s she published 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 critic Lord David Cecil and the poet Philip Larkin both nominated her as the most under-rated writer of the century. Her novel Quartet in Autumn (1977) was nominated for the Booker Prize that year, and she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
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