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Something to Love; Barbara Pym's Novels, Pym] BENET, Diana
Something to Love; Barbara Pym's Novels
Pym] BENET, Diana
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Testament of a Generation : The Journalism of Vera Brittain and Winifred Holtby, BRITTAIN] BERRY, Paul and Bishop, Alan, editors
Testament of a Generation : The Journalism of Vera Brittain and Winifred Holtby
BRITTAIN] BERRY, Paul and Bishop, Alan, editors
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The Life and Work of Barbara Pym, PYM] Dale Salwak, ed.
The Life and Work of Barbara Pym
PYM] Dale Salwak, ed.
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Writer by Trade : A Portrait of Arnold Bennett
BENNETT, Arnold] Barker, Dudley
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1 6450 BENNETT, Arnold] Barker, Dudley Writer by Trade : A Portrait of Arnold Bennett
Hardcover Atheneum: NY; 1966; First US Edition 260 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends and corners lightly bumped, page edges faintly browned; interior pages clean, no binding problems. Unclipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn, white flaps faintly yellowed. A nice copy. ; This biography of the prolific writer (author of "Old Wives Tale" and "Anna of the Five Towns") draws upon 'intimate recollections, as well as documents and letters-some never before published. Barker has created a full-scale portrait of the man, his curious writing habits, his place in the literary circles of his time, and the effects of his emotional life on his books.' Black and white illustrations, a bibliography and a list of all Bennett's works are included. 
Price: 13.75 USD
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Testament of a Generation : The Journalism of Vera Brittain and Winifred Holtby, BRITTAIN] BERRY, Paul and Bishop, Alan, editors
2 6855 BRITTAIN] BERRY, Paul and Bishop, Alan, editors Testament of a Generation : The Journalism of Vera Brittain and Winifred Holtby
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Press: London; 1985; 390 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good 
Light spine creases and edgewear, small skinned area on back cover, yellowed pages as is common with Virago Press editions; pages clean, none loose. ; A collection of articles and reviews from publications such as the Manchester Guardian, the Daily Herald, and Time and Tide never before published in book form. Admirers of both Brittain and Holtby will enjoy this book. Recommended.; Cover matches sample image. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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3 3923 DICKENS] WATKINS, Gwen Dickens in Search of Himself : Recurrent Themes and Characters in the Work of Charles Dickens
Hardcover Barnes & Noble: New Jersey; 1986; First Edition Thus Very Good+ in Near Fine dust wrapper  
165 pages; A new book with faintly bumped and worn spine ends. Dust wrapper faintly rubbed.; Although the book is scholarly in approach, its plain and lively style, its original theories and its new treatment of Dickens' female characters ensures its accessibility and appeal to the general reader as well as to the specialist student.  
Price: 18.75 USD
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Aesthetics and Nostalgia in the Barsetshire Novels of Angela Thirkell, FRITZER, Penelope
4 7334 FRITZER, Penelope Aesthetics and Nostalgia in the Barsetshire Novels of Angela Thirkell
Softcover; Trade PB Angela Thirkell Society of North America: San Diego; 2009; First Edition 154 pages Very Good 
Faint spine and cover creases, light edgewear and rubbing. A nice copy. ; This is the third book about Angela Thirkell by the author, a past president of the Angela Thirkell Society, North American branch. This "is a close examination of each of the Barsetshire novels for elements of beauty (or lack thereof), supplemented by notation of the increasing presence of nostalgia in the oeuvre, and the link between the two. Aesthetics here refers to Thirkell's appreciation of beauty, especially in nature and architecture, rather than to the strict philosophical school of thought." ; Fun 'advance praise' on back cover featuring various Barsetshire notables. Images are actual copy on offer. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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5 4174 PRITCHETT, V.S. Living Novel and Later Appreciations, The
Hardcover Random House: NY; c1964,1968; Fourth Printing Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
467 pages; A lovely copy with a few smudges to page edges. White, price clipped,dust wrapper is a bit soiled and has light edgewear.; The revised and expanded edition including essays on Fielding, Richardson, Smollett, Maria Edgeworth, E. M. Forster, Ford Madox Ford, Conrad, D.H. Lawrence, Edith Wharton, Nathanael West, William Golding, Gorky, Dostoevsky, Anthony Powell, and Arnold Bennett amongst others. "The critical essays of V.S. Pritchett are unparalleled for their wit, geniality, subtlety, and profound good sense."  
Price: 14.00 USD
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Something to Love; Barbara Pym's Novels, Pym] BENET, Diana
6 6950 Pym] BENET, Diana Something to Love; Barbara Pym's Novels
Softcover; Trade PB University of Missouri Press: Columbia, MO; 1986; 164 pages Very Good+ 
No spine creases, light edgewear; pages clean and bright. A very nice copy.; Benet posits, "Pym is a chronicler of universal human problems." Her "ten novels center on one great subject that moves, shapes, or disfigures all her major characters: the many guises of love, sought, attained, or frustrated.... In Pym's universe, the heart and mind require an object of love as the bridge from their fearful isolation to the world of feeling and caring."; Image is actual copy offered. 
Price: 16.50 USD
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The Life and Work of Barbara Pym, PYM] Dale Salwak, ed.
7 6769 PYM] Dale Salwak, ed. The Life and Work of Barbara Pym
Hardcover University of Iowa Press: Iowa City, IA; 1986; First Edition 210 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine and board edges sunned and worn; no binding problems, pages clean and bright. Dust wrapper, faintly edgeworn, sunned spine and edges. A nice copy.; Essays by nineteen distinguished contributors, almost all of which were written especially for this volume. They 'offer a variety of perspectives on Pym's novels and life and examine dimensions of her work not previously considered in earlier reviews.'; Recommended by several Barbara Pym admirers. Book matches sample image. 
Price: 16.50 USD
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8 5376 PYM] SALWAK, Dale Barbara Pym: a reference guide
Hardcover G. K. Hall And Co.: Boston; 1991; First US Edition Near Fine  
162 pages; Dark maroon cloth with gilt lettering on spine. A new book with a small soil spot on top page edges. A very nice copy. No dust wrapper, as issued.; A bibliography of writings by and about Barbara Pym.  
Price: 17.75 USD
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Noel Streatfeild, STREATFEILD] HUSE, Nancy
9 7204 STREATFEILD] HUSE, Nancy Noel Streatfeild
Hardcover Twayne Publishers: NY; 1994; 163 pages Near Fine in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Burgundy cloth binding, spine ends lightly bumped; a lovely copy. Dust wrapper very lightly edgeworn and rubbed. ; Part of the Twayne's English Author Series. "In this comprehensive analysis of a woman hailed by her fellow Britons as a 'National Monument', Nancy Huse argues that Streatfeild's work challenges the status of 'girl's books' , described in most criticism as ephemeral or constituting a catagory separate from 'great books'. Huse attributes the appeal of Streatfeild's books to their contemporary themes and traditional values and finds that in exploring the tensions of heredity and environment Streatfeild anticipates many contemporary questions about the role of women, the structure of the family, and the implications of the class system. In particular, Huse notes, Streatfeild (in both her children's and adult novels) used the poverty of women and their work in the domestic sphere to link the public with the private worlds shaping children.

Streatfeild's conservative upbringing, rebellious youth, and complex life-long relationship with her family provided material for her novels, according to Huse. Streatfeild developed a conscious perspective on childhood that she used to defend child/adult boundaries while sharpening story forms. At the same time, Huse contends, her multi faceted talent admitted new subjects, character types, themes, and information into the children's book because she assumed competence and intelligent curiosity as the basis of children's contributions to the family and to society.

In this vibrant portrait of the life and work of such an innovative children's writer, Huse suggests some meaningful ways to evaluate the family novel, the role of a children's novelist in preserving and constructing a historical record, and the implications of formulaic patterns that derive from female experience."

Her adult novels and novels written as Susan Scarlett are also discussed.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 25.75 USD

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10 4131 WAUGH, Evelyn (Donat Gallagher, ed.) Little Order, A : A Selection from his Journalism
Hardcover Little, Brown & Company: Boston; 1977; First US Edition 192 pages Very Good+ in Very Good- dust wrapper 
Lovely red cloth binding has lightly bumped and smudged spine ends. White unclipped dust wrapper has yellowed and has a bit of edgewear and light soil. A two inch closed tear at spine head has been repaired with archival tape.; "During most of his career as a writer, Waugh had to supplement his earnings from novels and travel books with journalism. This book dislpays the full range of his journalistic essays, from the 'beastly little articles' of the early years to the notorious satires and 'serious work' of subsequent decades." 
Price: 14.50 USD
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