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Pym, Barbara

Works: 197 works in 1,332 publications in 14 languages and 42,138 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  College stories  Diaries  Records and correspondence  Domestic fiction  Love stories  Biography  Humorous stories 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6066.Y58, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Barbara Pym
Excellent women by Barbara Pym( Book )

122 editions published between 1951 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 2,973 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mildred Lathbury, a single woman living next door to a vicar, tends to get a little too involved in other peoples' lives
Quartet in autumn by Barbara Pym( Book )

100 editions published between 1977 and 2013 in 10 languages and held by 2,451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shortlisted for the 1977 Booker Prize This is the story of four people in late middle-age - Edwin, Norman, Letty and Marcia - whose chief point of contact is that they work in the same office and they suffer the same problem - loneliness. Lovingly, poignantly, satirically and with much humour, Pym conducts us through their small lives and the facade they erect to defend themselves against the outside world. There is nevertheless an obstinate optimism in her characters, allowing them in their different ways to win through to a kind of hope. Barbara Pym's sensitive wit and artistry are at their most sparkling in "Quartet in Autumn". "An exquisite, even magnificent work of art" - Observer "'Barbara Pym has a sharp eye for the exact nuances of social behaviour" - The Times "The wit and style of a twentieth century Jane Austen" - Harpers & Queen "Barbara Pym's unpretentious, subtle, accomplished novels are for me the finest examples of high comedy to have appeared in England during the past 75 years ...spectacular" - Sunday Times "Very funny and keenly observant of the ridiculous as well as the pathetic in humanity" - Financial Times
Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym( Book )

80 editions published between 1953 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 2,310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prudence pays Jane a visit in an English village where Jane's husband is the newly appointed vicar, and finds herself courted by a fatuous young widower. Prudence, at twenty-nine, has achieved nothing in life but a dull research job in London and a string of dud affairs; Jane, now in her forties, was Prudence's tutor at Oxford. Jane cheerfully concedes that she is an incompetent housewife, but she hopes that the move to a rural parish may transform her into a Trollopean vicar's wife, as well as a crafty matchmaker. There are many comic complications, as Jane learns that matchmaking has as many pitfalls as does housewifery
Some tame gazelle by Barbara Pym( Book )

74 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 2,291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Misses Bede occupy the central crossroads of parish life. Then, into their quiet lives comes a famous librarian, Nathaniel Mold, and a bishop from Africa, Theodore Grote - who each take to calling on the sisters for rather unsettling reasons
No fond return of love by Barbara Pym( Book )

68 editions published between 1961 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dulcie Mainwaring's friend Viola is besotted by Dr Aylwin Forbes, so surely it isn't prying if she helps things along? Aylwin, however, is smitten by Dulcie's young niece. And perhaps Dulcie herself is falling, just a little, for Aylwin
Crampton Hodnet by Barbara Pym( Book )

55 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 2,221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This revolves around a pair of unsuitable attachments. The first involves a young curate and Miss Morrow, both residents at Miss Doggett's home who attempt to provide a plausibly innocent account of a late afternoon excursion into the woods. The second romance is between a starry-eyed professor and his female student, who is continually falling into traps of her own devising
A glass of blessings by Barbara Pym( Book )

90 editions published between 1952 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 2,172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite her husband's aging, Wilmet Forsyth would like to believe she has changed very little. She cultivates a friendship with three unmarried priests and Piers Longridges, a man of unfathomly different character altogether
An academic question by Barbara Pym( Book )

44 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 2,072 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in a provincial university, the story is narrated by Caro Grimstone, the wife of Alan, a rising anthropologist. Caro becomes the means by which Alan obtains a manuscript that will advance his reputation and refute the findings of a colleague
Less than angels by Barbara Pym( Book )

66 editions published between 1955 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 2,067 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes a community of anthropologists, including Tom Mallow, a researcher who divides his private life between two women
A few green leaves by Barbara Pym( Book )

54 editions published between 1980 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 1,935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrays life in an English village in Oxfordshire presenting the picture of a town forgotten by time yet affected by it
Civil to strangers and other writings by Barbara Pym( Book )

49 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Pym died in 1980, she left behind unpublished manuscripts in various stages of completion. This volume brings us the last complete novel, portions of three others, four short stories, and an autobiographical essay
An unsuitable attachment by Barbara Pym( Book )

51 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rupert Stonebird, bachelor anthropologist, moves to a new parish and gradually finds himself becoming interested in the vicar's sister-in-law
The sweet dove died by Barbara Pym( Book )

76 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 1,720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een zeer knappe, al wat oudere vrouw koestert zich in de bewondering van een antiquair en zijn neef
A very private eye : the diaries, letters and notebooks of Barbara Pym by Barbara Pym( Book )

17 editions published between 1984 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Barbara Pym cookbook by Barbara Pym( Book )

4 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Barbara Pym & rsquo;s sister Hilary teams with cookbook author Honor Wyatt to bring together this mouthwatering collection of family recipes, memories, and anecdotes drawn from Pym & rsquo;s diaries and letters, as well her most acclaimed novels Straight from the kitchen of Barbara Pym, this winning cookbook delivers a delectable treat for readers who like their meals served with a generous helping of literary aplomb. Sharing favorite family recipes that Pym incorporated into her novels, The Barbara Pym Cookbook reveals how the author & rsquo;s life intersected with those of her memorable characters. Inside you & rsquo;ll find British classics such as steak and kidney pie, plum cake, sausage rolls, and toad-in-the-hole & mdash;dishes that Pym & rsquo;s characters would often prepare for each other. Other treats, such as moussaka and risotto, reflect Pym & rsquo;s fascination with Greece and Italy. Throughout, the recipes are interwoven with references to Pym & rsquo;s novels; Dulcie & rsquo;s musings on & ldquo;love apples & rdquo; from No Fond Return of Love accompany directions for tomatoes & agrave; la Proven & ccedil;ale, for instance. There are glimpses of Pym & rsquo;s personal life, too, such as her description of kipper p & acirc;t & eacute; for lunch with Philip Larkin. The Barbara Pym Cookbook is a must-have for both budding cooks and Pym aficionados
A glass of blessings by Barbara Pym( Recording )

13 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wilmet Forsyth is well dressed, good looking and fairly young - but very bored. Her husband Rodney, a handsome army major, is slightly balder and fatter than he once was. Her interest wanders to the Anglo-Catholic church, where she neglects her comfortable household for the company of three unmarried priests - and Piers Longridge
Excellent women ; Jane and Prudence ; An unsuitable attachment by Barbara Pym( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A few green leaves by Barbara Pym( Recording )

9 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emma Howick, an aspiring anthropologist, chooses to settle in a sleepy country community in the heart of England, with a view to researching a study on 'The Social Patterns of a West Oxfordshire Village'
Less than angels by Barbara Pym( Recording )

9 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Less Than Angels' follows the loves, works and hopes of a group of young anthropologists. Catherine Oliphant is a writer and lives with handsome anthropologist Tom Mallow. When he begins a romance with student Deirdre Swann, Catherine turns her attention to Alaric Lydgate, who has a fondness for wearing African masks
An academic question by Barbara Pym( Recording )

10 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in 1970, the wife of an ambitious young ethno-historian is unesy about her life
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Barbara Pym englische Schriftstellerin

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Crampton, Mary 1913-1980

Excellent women / Barbara Pym, 1977

Pim, Barbara

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Pima, B. (Barbara)

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Pym, Barbara

Pym Barbara Mary Crampton

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Quartet in autumnJane and PrudenceSome tame gazelleNo fond return of loveCrampton HodnetA glass of blessingsLess than angelsA few green leaves