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An Academic Question (original 1986; edition 1970)
by Barbara Pym
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Set in a provincial university, the story is narrated by Caro Grimstone, the wife of Alan, a rising anthropologist. Caro becomes the means by which Alan obtains a manuscript that will advance his reputation and refute the findings of a colleague.
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Barbara Pym centenary - An Academic Question in Virago Modern Classics