From the Back Cover
Leonora Eyre is an exquisitely elegant woman of indeterminate age, with a fondness for beautiful Victoriana and attractive young men. Humphrey Boyce, an antique dealer, and his decoratively handsome nephew, James, would seem to be eminently suitable new acquaintances, but, as she glides between the two, Leonora finds herself in a very difficult position. Can she keep amorous Humphrey at bay, whilst still holding James in her thrall? Or will James be taken from her by the distracting attentions of someone younger…?
In 'The Sweet Dove Died', Barbara Pym turns her meticulously sharp eye for comedy on an acutely portrayed nexus of relationships, depicting with wit and irony a maelstrom of hidden emotions and passion…
Also available in Flamingo: 'Civil to Strangers, A Few Green Leaves' and 'Quarter in Autumn'
'Barbara Pym's unpretentious, subtle, accomplished novels are for me the finest examples of high comedy to have appeared in England during the past seventy-five years.'
LORD DAVID CECIL, 'Sunday Times'
'Pym has a connoisseur's eye for the absurd, almost disconcerting candour, and the ability to note shortcomings with amused equanimity.'
'A very subtle writer, she can be as witty as Ivy Compton-Burnett, but she is much less acidulated and never heartless.'
'The best novelist of her generation. The critics who have insisted on Miss Pym's too long neglected gifts have not been wrong.'
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About the Author
When the Times Literary Supplement
asked critics to name the most underrated authors of the past 75 years, only one was mentioned twice: Barbara Pym. Barbara Pym wrote nine novels, including An Unsuitable Attachment
, Quartet in Autumn
and The Sweet Dove Died
. She died in 1980.