Barbara Pym
(1913-1980)

woman and novelist

Died aged c. 67

Barbara Mary Crampton Pym (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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Barbara Pym 1913-1980 writer lived here 1972-1980

Barn Cottage, High Street, Finstock, United Kingdom where they lived

Barbara Pym writer 1913-1980 worshipped here

Finstock Church, Whitney Road, Finstock, United Kingdom where they worshipped

Barbara Pym 1913-1980 novelist lived here 1960-1972

40 Brooksville Avenue, London, United Kingdom where they lived (1960-1972)