A Lot to Ask: A Life of Barbara Pym

A Lot to Ask: A Life of Barbara Pym

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by Hazel Holt
     
 

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The life of the author of Quartet in Autumn, Jane and Prudence, and Excellent Women

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Well-written and filled with new details about Barbara Pym's private life as well as her published and unpublished writings, this biography by Pym's literary executor is the first complete life of the once-ignored and now widely read British novelist, who died in 1980. Those familiar with A Very Private Eye , the collection of Pym's diaries and letters published as a quasi-autobiography, will find this book a supplement to it. From a vast archive of private papers Holt has gleaned nuggets that add to the overall picture we have had of Pym without significantly changing it. She is a pleasure to know, a woman with great verve in youth who became more involved in literary endeavors as she withdrew from the romantic entanglements that crowded her early years; the passion and fantasies evident in her correspondence make her a figure to be envied for her freedom from stultifying conventions, an ironic counterpoint to the ``excellent women'' of much of her fiction. But this compelling biography does not lessen the need for an objective look at the novelist's life by a biographer unassociated with her estate. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781447265429
Publisher:
Pan Macmillan
Publication date:
11/21/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
283,860
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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