Barbara Pym belongs in this company. Indeed she more than the others illustrates Thurber’s point about English humour - it delights in tiny little things; and by that standard, Excellent Women stands as one of the most endearingly amusing English novels of the 20th century.When was Excellent Women written?
Excellent Women is a novel by Barbara Pym, first published in 1952, her second published novel and generally acclaimed as the funniest and most successful of her comedies of manners.What do you like most about Miss Pym?
I love and admire Miss Pym's pussycat wit and profoundly unsoppy kindliness, and we may leave the deeply peculiar, face-saving, gently tormented English middle classes safely in her hands. In 1963, Pym submitted her seventh novel - An Unsuitable Attachment - to Cape.What makes excellent women an excellent novel?
Excellent Women is as much about men as it is about women; the excellent women who populate this novel are excellent because they have been described as such by men. The first novel Barbara Pym wrote as an adult, Some Tame Gazelle, was initially turned down by a number of publishers.