The author of Quartet in Autumn, Jane and Prudence, and Excellent Women
A writer from the age of sixteen, Barbara Pym has been acclaimed as 'the most underrated writer of the century' (Philip Larkin). Pym's substantial reputation evolved through the publication of six novels from 1950 to 1961, then resumed in 1977 with the publication of Quartet in Autumn and three other novels. She died in 1980.
'The same virtues - in every sense - as her novels.' John Bayley, Harpers & Queen 'It increases the understanding and enjoyment of her novels enormously.' Auberon Waugh, Daily Mail 'The perfect complement to the fiction.' Paul Bailey, Observer 'Her sharp and very private eye never failed her.' Victoria Glendinning, New York Times