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Mar.24.2014
Sitting on the train out of Boston, after a most enjoyable weekend at a Barbara Pym Society 16th Annual North American Conference dedicated to Excellent Women (1952), I reflect about literary societies and their role in promoting the love of literature.   The aim of a scholar, or a group...
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Mar.18.2014
We were the last in our building to install a telephone in the apartment; my father had resisted  as long as he could. And once it was there, after a whole year of waiting, he never once picked up the receiver. My father rightly argued that no one ever called him, and besides, he had enough...
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Feb.02.2014
In my last year of high-school when I was supposed to study for the matriculation examinations, I discovered life. It came in the shape of a tiny studio apartment  on the ground floor in the building where my best friend used to live. Until then our days consisted of going to school and study...
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Jan.30.2014
Last week Johnny and I visited Rome for several days. I love the city not only for the obvious reasons of beauty and history, but also since it is so easy to get everywhere by foot.  We stayed at a small hotel near Trevi Fountain and walked. One of my favorite destinations is Santa Maria...
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Jul.20.2013
Walking around the center of Enfield town this morning I saw a Marks & Spencer store. All of a sudden, I remembered how while reading through Barbara Pym’s manuscripts at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, I discovered a Pym scandal. Perhaps it was only a storm in a teacup, but the Legal...
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Jul.04.2013
What could you do if you fall out of favor all of a sudden, or somehow become irrelevant?  A poignant example is the rejection experienced by the British novelist Barbara Pym (1913—1980) after publishing six novels from 1949—1960. Barbara Pym did not write bestsellers,  but she enjoyed a...
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Jun.04.2013
Felicity & Barbara Pym This short piece was published in Green Leaves, the semi-annual publication of the Barbara Pym Society. The request was to write about the origins of my engagement with Barbara Pym’s work and the reason for writing Felicity & Barbara Pym. The text below is a slightly...
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Jun.03.2013
"Well, of course the women are burdened ― this is what the novels are about ― but their burdens are real ones: A distressing sense of inadequacy, frailty, guilt or debilitating loneliness. Serious burdens held within the heart, rather than those carefully constructed ones, handsomely displayed for...
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Jun.02.2013
I have been debating whether her 100th birthday is an appropriate opportunity to discuss some unpleasant facts in Barbara Pym’s biography.  But since Barbara Pym herself loved to expose different types of unpleasantness I decided that I might as well do it now.    I shall start with...
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May.29.2013
On June 2nd 1913 the British author Barbara Pym was born in Oswestry, Shropshire. When I came across Pym’s first novel Some Tame Gazelle which she started writing in her 20s, I never imagined that this hilarious book, together with the rest of her work, would become such an important part of my...