WorldCat Identities

Pym, Barbara

Works: 319 works in 1,774 publications in 6 languages and 41,475 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Romance fiction  Humorous fiction  Pastoral fiction  Domestic fiction  College stories  Diaries  Personal correspondence  Short stories 
Roles: Author, Creator, Recipient, Other
Classifications: PR6066.Y58, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Barbara Pym
Excellent women by Barbara Pym( Book )

116 editions published between 1951 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 2,804 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 )

113 editions published between 1977 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,393 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
Some tame gazelle by Barbara Pym( Book )

88 editions published between 1950 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first novel by Barbara Pym and is also an ode to her friends and family. The story centers on Belinda and Harriet Bede, (Barbara herself and her sister, Hilary.) Archdeacon Hoccleve, a married clergyman for whom Belinda has long nurtured a passion, is believed to be based on Pym's first love, Henry Harvey. In the course of the book, both sisters receive proposals of marriage which they feel obliged to reject, partly because they are not attracted to the men in question, but mainly because they are so used to living together and have become devoted to one another. They remain spinsters living quietly in the country
Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym( Book )

92 editions published between 1953 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 2,272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the friendship between two women--one the less-than-perfect clergyman's wife, the other younger and unmarried
A glass of blessings by Barbara Pym( Book )

99 editions published between 1952 and 2015 in English and Italian and held by 2,186 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 an unfathomably different character altogether
No fond return of love by Barbara Pym( Book )

74 editions published between 1961 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dulcie Mainwearing is always helping others, but never looks out for herself - especially in the realm of love. Her friend Viola is besotted by the alluring Dr Aylwin Forbes, so surely it isn't prying if Dulcie helps things along? Aylwin, however, is smitten by Dulcie's pretty young niece. And perhaps Dulcie herself, however ridiculous it may be, is falling, just a little, for Aylwin. Once life's little humiliations are played out, maybe love will be returned, and fondly, after all
Crampton Hodnet by Barbara Pym( Book )

60 editions published between 1900 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,972 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
An academic question by Barbara Pym( Book )

49 editions published between 1900 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,931 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yearning for some excitement--and looking after her husband's best interest, of course--Caroline Grimstone steals her dying friend's memoirs, setting in motion a series of academic and amorous rivalries that throw a placid college community into a hilariously muddled uproar
Less than angels by Barbara Pym( Book )

83 editions published between 1955 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 1,906 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 )

68 editions published between 1980 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,769 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 )

44 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and held by 1,631 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 )

63 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,596 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 )

78 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Pym observed the intricate rituals of English life with a sharp but understanding eye. In THE SWEET DOVE DIED, Pym uncovers the sometimes troubling truths behind relationships. A chance encounter over a Victorian flower book brings together Humphrey, and antiques dealer, his nephew James, and Leonora. Although she is considerably older, Leonora develops a fondness for James all the while knowing Humphrey has feelings for her. Leonora is determined to keep James under her spell until she realizes that she has to contend with the bookish Phoebe. Then Ned, a wicked young American, appears on the scene."
The Penguin book of gay short stories by David Leavitt( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These stories illuminate the common ground of gay male experience - as well as its astonishing diversity."--Jacket
A very private eye : the diaries, letters and notebooks of Barbara Pym by Barbara Pym( Book )

24 editions published between 1984 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Barbara Pym cookbook by Barbara Pym( )

5 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 189 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
Excellent women by Barbara Pym( Recording )

24 editions published between 1952 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Excellent Women is one of Barbara Pym's richest and most amusing high comedies. This is Barbara Pym's world at its funniest. Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman's daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those excellent women, the smart, supportive, repressed women whom men take for granted.As Mildred gets embroiled in the lives of her new neighbors--anthropologist Helena Napier and her handsome, dashing husband, Rocky, and Julian Malory, the vicar next door--the novel presents a series of snapshots of human life as actually, and pluckily, lived in a vanishing world of manners and repressed desires
Crampton Hodnet by Barbara Pym( Book )

6 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel featuring a pair of farcical romances captures early versions of the author's famous clergymen and excellent women, the original Miss Doggett and Jessie Morrow from Jane and Prudence, and a distinctly Oxford cast of characters
Less than angels by Barbara Pym( Recording )

14 editions published between 1955 and 2020 in English and held by 104 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
Excellent women ; Jane and Prudence ; An unsuitable attachment by Barbara Pym( Book )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Excellent women
Quartet in autumnSome tame gazelleJane and PrudenceA glass of blessingsNo fond return of loveCrampton HodnetLess than angelsA few green leaves
Alternative Names
Barbara Pym Brits schrijfster (1913-1980)

Barbara Pym englische Schriftstellerin

Barbara Pym escriptora britànica

Barbara Pym escritora británica

Barbara Pym romancière britannique

Barbara Pym scrittrice britannica

Barbara Pym shkrimtare britanike

Barbara Pym skieuse alpine autrichienne

Crampton, Mary.

Crampton, Mary 1913-1980

Crampton Pym, Barbara Mary.

Excellent women / Barbara Pym, 1977

Pim, Barbara.

Pima, B.

Pima, B. (Barbara)

Pima, Barbara.

Pym, Barbara

Pym Barbara Mary Crampton

Pym, Barbara Mary Crampton 1913-1980

Барбара Пим

Пим, Барбара

ברברה פים

ברברה פים סופרת בריטית

باربرا بيم كاتبة بريطانية

핌, 바바라 1913-1980

ピム, バーバラ

English (1,081)

French (31)

Italian (19)

Spanish (8)

German (3)

Russian (2)