Jeremy Treglown
V. S. Pritchett: A Working Life.
Random House. 322 pages, $25.95

The subtitle of Jeremy Treglown’s brief and near-perfect biography V. S. Pritchett: A Working Life is deliciously pointed. In the sixty-odd years of his career, Pritchett (1900–1996) wrote four novels, eight volumes of literary essays, six travel books, three biographies, two volumes of autobiography, ten collections of short stories, and book reviews beyond counting. Not many writers have sustained so high a level of achievement for so long; among the peaks are the novels Dead Man Leading (1937) and Mr. Beluncle (1951), the meditative travel book The Spanish Temper (1954), the autobiographical works A Cab at the Door (1968) and Midnight Oil (1971), and such short stories as “Sense of Humour,” “The Voice,” “When My Girl Comes Home,” “Did You...


A Message from the Editors

Our past successes are owed to our greatest ambassadors: our readers. Our future rests on your support, as The New Criterion Editor Roger Kimball explains. Will you help us continue to bring our incisive review of the arts and culture to the next generation of readers?

Popular Right Now