Barbara Comyns Carr (2424 words)


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Barbara Comyns Carr, writing under the name Barbara Comyns, published ten novels and one autobiographical work between 1947 and 1989. Margaret Drabble notes in a reprint of one of Comyns’ novels that her works “are strange and unsettling, and her career was unorthodox”, also noting that she was “never a mainstream writer” (Drabble, 2011). However, she is a writer who continues to permeate the literary scene, whose original voice periodically catches the attention of other writers who express their delight and astonishment at finding such original (though neglected) masterpieces.

In her introduction to Comyns’ second novel, Our Spoons Came From Woolworths (1950), Maggie O’Farrell notes that Comyns had “a …

Citation: Cousins, Helen Rachel. "Barbara Comyns Carr". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 August 2016 [, accessed 18 June 2021.]

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