Civil to Strangers

Author(s): Barbara Pym

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When Barbara Pym died in 1980 she left a considerable amount of unpublished material. This volume contains an early novel, CIVIL TO STRANGERS, three novellas and an autobiographical essay, 'Finding a Voice', Pym's only written comment on her writing career. In CIVIL TO STRANGERS the lives of a young couple, Cassandra Marsh-Gibbon and her self-absorbed writer husband Adam, are thrown into upheaval when a mysterious Hungarian arrives in their village.

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This volume includes an early novel and three novellas, which were discovered and published after Barbara Pym's death in 1980.

Barbara Pym (1913-80) was born in Shropshire and educated at St Hilda's College, Oxford. When in 1977 the TLS asked critics to name the most underrated authors of the past 75 years, only one was named twice (by Philip Larkin and Lord David Cecil): Barbara Pym. Her novels are characterised by what Anne Tyler has called 'the heartbreaking silliness of everyday life'.

General Fields

  • : 9781844087228
  • : Little, Brown Book Group
  • : Virago Press Ltd
  • : 0.316
  • : June 2011
  • : 198mm X 126mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 400
  • : Illustrations