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V S Pritchett, A Working Life (Signed copy): Jeremy Treglown

V S Pritchett, A Working Life (Signed copy)

Jeremy Treglown

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ISBN 10: 070117322X / ISBN 13: 9780701173227
Editorial: Chatto & Windus, London, 2004
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First edition, first printing hardback in dustwrapper. 24 × 16cm. xi + 308pp. Signed and dated directly to the title page by Jeremy Treglown. V. S. Pritchett - or VSP, as he was universally known - was the finest British short story writer of the twentieth century, and one of its liveliest, most humane critics. In this perceptive new biography Jeremy Treglown uncovers a different VSP, a character as touching as any in his own fiction. Born in 1900, VSP began his working life as a journalist in Paris and Ireland. In Dublin he stumbled into marriage, a relationship movingly uncovered here, and subsequently fell in love with Dorothy Roberts, 'the marvellous girl' who became his second wife. He combined a busy working life with the demands of home and fatherhood, became a leading contributor to the New Statesman and other periodicals. His friends over the years ranged from Sean O'Casey to Gerald Brenan, Graham Greene, George Orwell and Stephen Spender, and on to the new generation of Paul Theroux and Martin Amis. This dazzling new biography brilliantly analyses the art and power of Pritchett's seemingly artless writings, and draws on a mass of hitherto unpublished letters and diaries to bring our 'English Chekhov' to vibrant, pungent life - 'small man of big appetites and energies', melancholy yet hilarious, and often surprisingly passionate. Condition: This copy is in very good condition. There is a little light wear to the wrapper along the top edge otherwise all is well. N° de ref. de la librería 005275

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Título: V S Pritchett, A Working Life (Signed copy)

Editorial: Chatto & Windus, London

Año de publicación: 2004

Encuadernación: Hardback

Condición del libro:Very Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by The Author

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V. S. Pritchett (1900-1997) - VSP as he was affectionately known - was the greatest British short-story writer of the twentieth century, and one of its liveliest and most humane critics. The story of his own life was extraordinary, full of comedy and pathos and eccentricities. He may seem the quintessential quiet Englishman, overlooked in a corner, but as Jeremy Treglown says in this brilliant new life, he was always 'a man in disguise'. He was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, in 1900, to a mother who was illiterate, but a natural story-teller and a larger-than life, Micawber-like father, whose catastrophes kept the family always on the move. At sixteen he left school to work in the leather trade, and at twenty, just after World War I, daringly moved to Paris and became a journalist, first in Ireland, then in Spain - travelling the country with his first wife Evelyn, an Irish actress, but agonisingly falling in love his second, Dorothy. Pritchett's stories map the changing lives of apparently 'ordinary people' from the 1930s to the 1990s, but he was an influential literary editor of the New Statesman, and until his death in 1997 his life also charted the literary scene across the years, his many friendships ranging from Yeats and Sean O'Casey, Orwell, Graham Greene and Stephen Spender, to Martin Amis and Julian Barnes. This vibrant new biography, drawing on a mass of unpublished letters and vivid journals, brings our hidden 'English Chekov' to life: quirky yet robust, melancholy yet hilarious, and often surprisingly passionate.


'drew me straight back to the stout volume containing Pritchett's essays', D.J. Taylor, The Spectator .'An excellent full portrait of a very decent man', Anthony Thwaite, Sunday Telegraph .'He [Jeremy Treglown] documents the troubles of Pritchett's second marriage with sensitivity and skill and offers a glowing appraisal of the writer's many talents.', Daily Telegraph

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