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 Barbara Mary Crampton Pym

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Barbara Mary Crampton Pym

  • Birth 2 Jun 1913
  • Death 11 Jan 1980
  • Burial Finstock, West Oxfordshire District, Oxfordshire, England
  • Plot south-east part of the churchyard
  • Memorial ID 19926784

Writer. She was born in Oswestry, Shropshire, on the Welsh border. At the age of sixteen, she attempted her first novel, "Young Men in Fancy Dress". In 1931, she entered St. Hilda's College at Oxford. After earning her second-class honors degree in English Literature, she returned to Oswestry where she began writing "Some Tame Gazelle" about two fiftyish spinsters, but it would not be published for several years. When war overtook Europe in 1940, she was assigned to the Censorship office at Bristol and after a painful romance, she decided to join the Wrens (Women's Royal Naval Service). In 1944, she was posted to Naples until the end of the war. There she continued writing her diaries and notebooks, gathering material for the "stuff" of her novels. After the war, she took a job at the International African Institute in London, and soon became the assistant editor for the journal Africa. Among her novels are: "Excellent Women", "Jane and Prudence", "Less Than Angels", "A Glass of Blessings", and "No Fond Return of Love". She died of breast cancer at the Michael Sobell House, a hospice in Oxford. She is buried together with her sister.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 19926784
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Barbara Mary Crampton Pym (2 Jun 1913–11 Jan 1980), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19926784, citing Holy Trinity Churchyard, Finstock, West Oxfordshire District, Oxfordshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .