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V.S. Pritchett
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    (December 16, 1900-March 20, 1997)
    Born in Ipswich, England, United Kingdom
    Birth name was Victor Sawdon Pritchett
    Literary critic for ‘New Statesman’ (1926-65)
    Short story collections include ‘The Spanish Virgin and Other Short Stories’ (1932), ‘You Make Your Own Life’ (1938), ‘Collected Stories’ (1956), ‘When My Girl Comes Home’ (1961), ‘The Camberwell Beauty’ (1971) and ‘A Careless Widow’ (1989)
    Travel books include ‘Marching Spain’ (1928), ‘London Pereived’ (1962), ‘New York Proclaimed’ (1965) and ‘At Home and Abroad’ (1989)
    Wrote the memoirs ‘A Cab at the Door’ (1968) and ‘Midnight Oil’ (1971)
    Essay collections include ‘In My Good Books’ (1942), ‘The Living Novel’ (1946), ‘Books in General’ (1953), ‘The Myth Makers’ (1979) and ‘A Man of Letters’ (1985)
    Knighted for services to literature (1975)
    Named a Companion of Honour (1993)
    He hated his first name and asked friends to address him as ‘VSP.’
    In his early 20s, he lived in Paris, where he ‘lived an abysmal bohemian life and wrote a terribly pretentious and mannered prose.’
    He said of his first marriage, which ended in divorce, ‘I had known only sexual misery and frustration.’
    He originally wanted to be a poet, but admitted ‘I was no good.’
    His second marriage lasted 60 years until his death.
    He was fluent in Spanish, French and German.
    Eudora Welty called him ‘one of the great pleasure-givers in our language.’
    Literary critic Irving Howe said of him, ‘No one alive writes a better English sentence.’

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