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In My Good Books

(1942)
A collection of stories by

 
 
In Mr. Pritchett's view, rules, regulations and blitzes have brought things to such a pass that the moment will come when only the reader 'and the hundred best authors are left in the world and have somehow to shake down together.' To prepare for this 'unnerving situation' he has re-read and re-assessed some of these authors, and the essays collected in this book are the fruit of his cogitations. Gibbon, Mrs. Gaskell, Dostoevsky, Fielding, Kilvert, Twain, Synge, Swift, Browning, are some of the writers Mr. Pritchett discusses.

Names and dates are diverse, but nearly all have one common characteristic: they demonstrate the axiom that past and present are often parallel in most unexpected ways. Swift anticipated modern science and its consequences nearly two hundred years ago. Thackeray drew a modern Mayfair playboy when he created Rawdon Crawley. Huckleberry Finn is blood relation to Charlie Chaplin. These essays should appeal to scholars and the unlearned alike. Those who have neglected their classics will make discoveries which they can follow up with the aid of the appendix. The well-read cannot fail to be stimulated by the learning, vitality and originality which make up the texture of Mr. Pritchett's mind.

Victor Sawdon Pritchett (1900-1997) was born over a toyshop in 1900 and, much to his everlasting distaste, was named after Queen Victoria. A writer and critic, his is widely reputed to be one of the best short story writers of all time, with the rare ability to capture the extraordinary strangeness of everyday life. He died in 1997.


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January 1943 : USA Hardback
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Title: In My Good Books
Author(s): V S Pritchett
ISBN: 0-8046-0971-3 / 978-0-8046-0971-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Associated Faculty Pr Inc
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Paperback Editions

April 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: In My Good Books (Bloomsbury Reader)
Author(s): V S Pritchett
ISBN: 1-4482-0104-7 / 978-1-4482-0104-4 (UK edition)
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July 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: In My Good Books
Author(s): V S Pritchett
ISBN: 1-5226-7652-X / 978-1-5226-7652-2
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May 2013 : USA Audio edition
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May 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: In My Good Books
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Kindle Editions

October 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: In My Good Books (Bloomsbury Reader)
Author(s): V S Pritchett
Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader
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