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Excellent Women

Pym, Barbara

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ISBN 10: 0525101160 / ISBN 13: 9780525101161
Published by Dutton, New|York, 1978
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Stated First Printing (First U.S.) 1978 Dutton. First Uk Published By Jonathan Cape In 1952. Very Good, No Writing Or Marks. Mauve Boards With White Quarter Binding And Purple Metallic Lettering. In Unclipped Very Good Minus Dust Jacket Which Has Wear To Extremities, Loss At Top Of Spine And Price Tag Pull At Lower Spine. In New Mylar. British High Comedy. Bookseller Inventory # 003531

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Title: Excellent Women

Publisher: Dutton, New|York

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good-

Edition: 1st Edition

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Excellent Women is one of Barbara Pym’s richest and most amusing high comedies. 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 who men take for granted. As Mildred gets embroiled in the lives of her new neighborsâ anthropologist Helena Napier and her handsome, dashing husband, Rocky, and Julian Malory, the vicar next doorâ the novel presents a series of snapshots of human life as actually, and pluckily, lived in a vanishing world of manners and repressed desires.

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An unqualifiedly great novel from the writer most likely to be compared to Jane Austen, this is a very funny, perfectly written book that can rival any other in its ability to capture the essence of its characters on the page. Mildred Lathbury, the narrator of Pym's excellent book is a never-married woman in her 30s--which in 1950s England makes her a nearly-confirmed spinster. Hers is a pretty unexciting life, centered around her small church, and part-time job. But Mildred is far more perceptive and witty than even she seems to think, and when Helena and Rockingham Napier move into the flat below her, there seems to be a chance for her life to take a new direction.

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