Dr Clemence Schultze
Dr Clemence Schultze, our first confirmed author speaker, is the immediate past Chairman of The Barbara Pym Society. Her talk will be entitled ‘Barbara Pym: An Unashamed Reader of Novels’.
Barbara Pym is an alumnus of our home for the Convention, St Hilda’s College, where she gained an Honours Degree in English Language and Literature.
During the war she served in the Womens Royal Naval Service in Britain and Naples. From 1958-1974 she worked as an editorial secretary at The International African Institute.
Her first novel ‘Some Tame Gazelle’ was published in 1950 and was followed by ‘Excellent Women’ (1952), ‘Jane and Prudence’ (1953), ‘Less Than Angels’ (1955), ‘A Glass of Blessings’ (1958) and ‘No Fond Return Of Love’ (1961).
During the sixties and early seventies her writing suffered a partial eclipse and, discouraged, she concentrated on her work for the African Institute from which she retired in 1974 to live in Finstock, Oxfordshire with her sister, Hilary.
A renaissance in her fortunes came in 1977 when both Philip Larkin and Lord David Cecil chose her as one of the most underrated novelists of the century. She emerged after sixteen years of obscurity to almost instant fame and recognition.
‘Quartet in Autumn’ was published in 1977 and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
‘The Sweet Dove Died’ followed in 1978 and ‘A Few Green Leaves’ was published posthumously.
Barbara Pym died of breast cancer in January 1980.
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