Thursday, June 30, 2022

Cat Thursday - Shoes


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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Cat Thursday - Procrastination


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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Cat Thursday - It's a Cover-Up


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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Cat Thursday: Authors and Cats (112) Barbara Pym


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The second Cat Thursday of each month is Authors and Cats Thursday. Each time I will feature an author (with a birthday during the month), pictured with their/a cat(s), or guest posts by cat loving authors who also (sometimes) write about cats.


After studying English at St Hilda's College, Oxford, Barbara Pym (b. June 02, 1913, d. January 11, 1980) served in the Women's Royal Naval Service during World War II. From 1950 to 1961, she published six novels, but her 7th was declined by the publisher due to a change in the reading public's tastes.

The turning point for Pym came with a famous article in the 1975 Times Literary Supplement in which two prominent names, Lord David Cecil and Philip Larkin, nominated her as the most underrated writer of the century. Pym and Larkin had kept up a private correspondence over a period of many years. Her comeback novel, Quartet in Autumn, was nominated for the Booker Prize. Another novel, The Sweet Dove Died, previously rejected by many publishers, was subsequently published to critical acclaim, and several of her previously unpublished novels were published after her death.


Pym worked at the International African Institute in London for some years, and played a large part in the editing of its scholarly journal, Africa, hence the frequency with which anthropologists crop up in her novels. She never married, despite several close relationships with men, notably Henry Harvey, a fellow Oxford student, and the future politician, Julian Amery. After her retirement, she moved into Barn Cottage at Finstock in Oxfordshire with her younger sister, Hilary, who continued to live there until her death in February 2005. A blue plaque was placed on the cottage in 2006. The sisters played an active role in the social life of the village.

Several strong themes link the works in the Pym "canon", which are more notable for their style and characterisation than for their plots. A superficial reading gives the impression that they are sketches of village or suburban life, with excessive significance being attached to social activities connected with the Anglican church (in particular its Anglo-Catholic incarnation). However, the dialogue is often deeply ironic, and a tragic undercurrent runs through some of the later novels, especially Quartet in Autumn and The Sweet Dove Died. (Goodreads)



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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Classics Club Spin 30

The spin number was 5 - A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf


20 books chosen from your Classics Club list. The club will choose a random number. Read corresponding book by August 7, 2022. Number to be chosen on June 12th. Let's see what kind of list I can make...
  1. Writing Past Dark, Bonnie Friedman
  2. The Faith of a Writer, Joyce Carol Oates
  3. Mastering Witchcraft: A Practical Guide for Witches, Warlocks, and Covens, Paul Huson
  4. Silas Marner, George Eliot
  5. A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf
  6. The Collector, John Fowles
  7. Negotiating with the Dead, Margaret Atwood
  8. Steering the Craft, Ursula K. Le Guin
  9. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
  10. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
  11. The Vein of Gold, Julia Cameron
  12. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  13. The Witch of Ravensworth, George Brewer
  14. Murder in the Cathedral, T.S. Eliot
  15. The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux
  16. The Writing Life, Annie Dillard
  17. The House on the Borderland, William Hope Hodgson
  18. The Writing of Fiction, Edith Wharton
  19. If You Want to Write, Brenda Ueland
  20. Take Joy, Jane Yolen
I didn't finish the last spin, but will try, try again. Good luck to everyone participating!


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Thursday, June 2, 2022

Cat Thursday - Siblings (3)


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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Cat Thursday - Grumpy and Salty


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I apologize for the missed post last week. I got really sick on Wednesday and was pretty much out of commission the rest of the week. 







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