Some Tame Gazelle, The Consumate Tea Drinker’s novel

I have to write something about the ultimate of Tea Drinker’s authors, Barbara Pym. Not only does tea drinking figure largely in her novels, but her humor is the sort that only a tea drinker could love. Her first novel is still my favorite.
Written 1935-1950; published 1950
Barbara Pym started this novel shortly after coming down from Oxford in the mid-1930s, and she based the characters on herself, her sister Hilary, and many of her friends from Oxford, projecting them into their fifties. Pym’s spinsters and clergymen, literary quotations, wry humor and unique style are all present in her first published novel.


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