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V. S. Pritchett (1900–1997)

Author of The Oxford Book of Short Stories

82+ Works 2,810 Members 25 Reviews 6 Favorited

About the Author

Born in Ipswich and educated at Alleyn's School, Dulwich, and Dulwich College, novelist and critic V. S. Pritchett worked in the leather trade and later as a commercial traveler and shop assistant. After World War II, he was literary editor of the New Statesman and Nation and has frequently show more contributed to American periodicals and the N.Y. Times Book Review. He is a distinguished short story writer who has often appeared in the New Yorker. Pritchett has also collaborated with the photographer Evelyn Hofer on three charming and excellent portraits of London, New York, and Dublin. Pritchett, who has been lauded for his fine literary criticism, has also written about many other writers. He received numerous awards including the 1969 Heinemann Award, the 1974 PEN Award, the 1990 W. H. Smith Literary Award, and the 1993 Golden Pen Award. He died from a stroke on March 20, 1997. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by V. S. Pritchett

The Oxford Book of Short Stories (1981) — Editor — 510 copies
London Perceived (1962) 171 copies
A Cab at the Door (1968) 147 copies
Collected Stories (1968) 145 copies
Complete Collected Stories (1990) 144 copies
Chekhov: a spirit set free (1988) 108 copies
The Pritchett Century (1997) 104 copies
Complete Collected Essays (1991) 103 copies
Essential Stories (2005) 70 copies
The Myth Makers (1979) 62 copies
The Spanish Temper (1928) 61 copies
Balzac (1973) 60 copies
Mr. Beluncle (1951) 57 copies
More Collected Stories (1983) 56 copies
Midnight Oil (1967) 56 copies
On the Edge of the Cliff (1902) 54 copies
Dublin: A Portrait (1967) 48 copies
Selected Stories (1978) 43 copies
At Home and Abroad (1989) 36 copies
New York Proclaimed (1965) 29 copies
The Living Novel (1946) 24 copies
Marching Spain (1988) 20 copies
The Turn of the Years (1982) 15 copies
The Offensive Traveller (1967) 14 copies
When My Girl Comes Home (1961) 13 copies
The Lady from Guatemala (1997) 13 copies
Books in general (1953) 9 copies
In My Good Books (2011) 6 copies
This England 5 copies
Il santo (2022) 5 copies
The working novelist (1965) 5 copies
Nothing Like Leather (1935) 3 copies
Foreign faces (1964) 3 copies
It May Never Happen (2013) 3 copies
Double Divan (1975) 2 copies
Dublin (2017) 1 copy
The Spanish Virgin (2012) 1 copy
Just a Little More [short story] — Author — 1 copy
Blind Love (1969) 1 copy
This England [1940] (1937) 1 copy
The Spree 1 copy
The Saint 1 copy
A New World 1 copy

Associated Works

Pride and Prejudice (1813) — Introduction, some editions — 79,807 copies
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) (1889) — Introduction, some editions — 7,615 copies
Memento Mori (1959) — Introduction, some editions — 1,721 copies
First Love (1860) — Introduction, some editions — 1,460 copies
In a Glass Darkly (1872) — Introduction, some editions — 1,412 copies
50 Great Short Stories (1952) — Contributor — 1,240 copies
The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (1983) — Contributor — 1,124 copies
The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories (1986) — Contributor — 541 copies
Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink (2007) — Contributor — 535 copies
The World of the Short Story: A 20th Century Collection (1986) — Contributor — 459 copies
Mister Johnson (1949) — Introduction, some editions — 447 copies
The Penguin Book of English Short Stories (1967) — Contributor — 430 copies
The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (1989) — Contributor — 427 copies
The Sea and the Jungle (1912) — Introduction, some editions — 415 copies
The 40s: The Story of a Decade (2014) — Contributor — 271 copies
A Book of English Essays (1942) — Contributor — 240 copies
Granta 87: Jubilee! The 25th Anniversary Issue (2004) — Contributor — 201 copies
The Oxford Book of English Short Stories (1998) — Contributor — 189 copies
Nothing But You: Love Stories From The New Yorker (1997) — Contributor — 184 copies
First Love and Other Stories (2001) — Introduction — 135 copies
The Second Penguin Book of English Short Stories (1972) — Contributor, some editions — 117 copies
Great English Short Stories (1957) — Contributor — 108 copies
The Norton Book of Friendship (1991) — Contributor — 94 copies
The Treasury of English Short Stories (1985) — Contributor — 84 copies
Stories from The New Yorker, 1950 to 1960 (1958) — Contributor — 80 copies
The Literary Ghost: Great Contemporary Ghost Stories (1991) — Contributor — 75 copies
The Oxford Book of Travel Stories (1996) — Contributor — 74 copies
Modern English Short Stories: Second Series (1911) — Contributor — 62 copies
65 Great Tales of the Supernatural (1979) — Contributor — 59 copies
Reading for Pleasure (1957) — Contributor — 51 copies
The Norton Book Of Ghost Stories (1994) — Contributor — 49 copies
Modern Short Stories (1939) — Contributor — 48 copies
The Second Ghost Book (1952) — Contributor — 46 copies
The Oxford Book of English Love Stories (1996) — Contributor — 34 copies
Twentieth Century Interpretations of 1984 (1971) — Contributor — 19 copies
The Penguin New Writing No. 30 (1947) — Contributor — 15 copies
31 Stories (1960) — Contributor — 12 copies
In the Dead of Night (1961) — Contributor — 11 copies
The Bedside Lilliput (1950) — Contributor — 11 copies
Growing Up Stories (1995) — Contributor — 10 copies
England forteller : britiske og irske noveller (1970) — Contributor — 9 copies
The Penguin New Writing No. 23 (1942) — Contributor — 6 copies
Top Teen Stories (2004) — Contributor — 6 copies
The Penguin New Writing No. 18 (1943) — Contributor — 5 copies
Short Fiction: Shape and Substance (1971) — Contributor — 3 copies
Tredive mesterfortællinger — Author, some editions — 3 copies
Penguin Modern Stories 9 (1971) — Contributor — 3 copies
Personal Choice (1977) — Contributor — 2 copies
The Penguin New Writing No. 21 (1944) — Contributor — 2 copies
Carmen & Colomba (1949) — Introduction — 1 copy
[Anthologie de nouvelles anglaises] (2001) — Contributor — 1 copy

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41 stories from Sor Walter Scott to John Updike
 
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betty_s | 3 other reviews | Sep 15, 2023 |
Reynolds Stone was born in 1909 and died in 1979. Perhaps best known for his wood engravings, he was also a painter, designer (with public commissions for stamps and bank notes), and letterer in stone (Sir Winston Churchill's memorial in Westminster Abbey). Pritchett and Stone were close personal friends.
 
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zadkine | Sep 4, 2023 |
Critique of 46 fiction writers including Americans Edith Wharton, Mark Twain, William Faulkner, Henry James,
Nathanial West, and S. J. Perelman.
½
 
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iwb | Jul 30, 2022 |
Currently reading, will update with individual story reviews as I complete them. I was going to do this in the private notes field, but I didn't realize it was character limited until I hit a wall, lol.


THE TWO DROVERS (Sir Walter Scott)
3 stars - I did end up liking it somewhat, but it was very hard to get into at the start.

THE BIRTHMARK (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
2 stars - Look, I get what he's doing in this story and the Message Behind It, but I just couldn't find either character likable, though I did feel very sorry for Georgiana. Also I just kind of don't like Hawthorne that much so maybe I'm biased.

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (Edgar Allan Poe)
5 stars - Love Poe, love this story. Definitely did not pick up the implications about the Usher family when I last read this probably more than a decade ago so that was certainly a shocker.
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spacekittycat | 3 other reviews | Jan 8, 2021 |

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