Pritchett, V. S. (Victor Sawdon Pritchett), 1900-1997, British writer, b. Ipswich. Largely self-educated, he was a distinguished and prolific man of letters who began his career as a freelance journalist and was a foreign correspondent during the 1920s. An excellent craftsman, Pritchett had a fine wit, a sense for the ironic and darkly comic, and a talent for portraying the oddities of character. His fiction is usually peopled by members of England's lower middle class, a world of shopkeepers, salesmen, and clerks. He is best known for his brilliantly insightful short stories, which were collected in many volumes, including The Spanish Temper (1954), Blind Love (1969), and Complete Collected Stories (1991). Also a novelist, he is particularly noted for the last of his five novels, Mr. Beluncle (1951), the tale of a Puritan eccentric. Pritchett was a respected literary critic, e.g., The Tale Bearers (1980), and biographer, e.g., Balzac (1973) and Chekhov (1988), and also penned lively travel writing. He was knighted in 1975.

See his memoirs, A Cab at the Door (1968) and Midnight Oil (1971); biography by J. Treglown (2005).

Pritchett is a Statutory Town in Baca County, Colorado, United States. The population was 137 at the 2000 census.


Pritchett is located at (37.369081, -102.860122).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 137 people, 58 households, and 40 families residing in the town. The population density was 600.2 people per square mile (230.0/km²). There were 79 housing units at an average density of 346.1/sq mi (132.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.08% White, 2.19% Native American, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.46% of the population.

There were 58 households out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $19,750, and the median income for a family was $25,625. Males had a median income of $17,917 versus $15,625 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,876. There were 9.1% of families and 14.6% of the population living below the poverty line, including 16.0% of under eighteens and 3.2% of those over 64.

Popular Culture

The film "Hi-Lo Country" which starred Woody Harrelson, was filmed in part in the town of Pritchett.

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