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Victor Sawdon Pritchett

Victor Sawdon Pritchett, British author. Decorated Commander Order British Empire, 1968, created knight, 1975, Companion of Honor, 1993; recipient Royal Society Literature award, 1969, 87, W.H. Smith award, 1990, Elmer Holmes Bobst award New York University, 1991, Golden Pen award International Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, 1993.


  • Pritchett, Victor Sawdon was born on December 16, 1900 in Ipswich, England. Son of Sawdon and Beatrice (Martin) Pritchett.

  • Education

    • Educated, Alleyn's School, Dulwich. Doctor of Literature (honorary), Leeds University, 1973. Doctor of Literature (honorary), Columbia University, 1978.

      Doctor of Literature (honorary), University Sussex, 1980. Doctor of Literature (honorary), Harvard University, 1985.


    • Free-lance journalist, France, Ireland, Spain and United States, 1921-1928. Literature critic New Statesman, London, 1928-1978, director, 1951-1978. Christian Gauss lecturer Princeton University, 1953.

      Beckman professor University California, Berkeley, 1960. Writer-in-residence Smith College, 1966-1971. Zisskind professor Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, 1969.

      Visiting professor School Fine Arts, Columbia University, 1972. Clark lecturer Cambridge (England) University, 1969, Vanderbilt University, 1981.


    • Dead Man Leading
    • First published in 1937, this thrilling novel tells the story of an expedition by three Englishmen into the Brazilian jungle; a journey which turns into an obsessive quest for the truth behind a missionary's disappearance seventeen years earlier.
    • Camberwell Beauty
    • The Camberwell Beauty is a collection of short stories which explore the close-knit world of antique dealers, their obsessions and suspicions, their hatred of customers and the fantasy lives that grow out of the objects they collect.
    • Lasting Impressions
    • The essays in Lasting Impressions have never before appeared in audiobook form and together they make up, in the author's own words, 'a journey through different countries and different generations'.


    Member Society Authors (president 1978) Clubs: Savile (London), Beefsteak (London).


    • Married Dorothy Roberts, October 2, 1936. Children: Josephine, Oliver.
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    Born December 16, 1900
    Died March 20, 1997
    (aged 96)
    • 1973
      Leeds University
    • 1978
      Columbia University
    • 1980
      University Sussex
    • 1985
      Harvard University
    • 1921 - 1928
      Free-lance journalist
    • 1928 - 1978
      literature critic New Statesman
      London, Mpumalanga, South Africa