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Penelope Fitzgerald

Author: Hermione Lee

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781409029946

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 544

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Winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Biography 2014 Winner of the Plutarch Award for Best Biography New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year Penelope Fitzgerald (1916–2000) was a great English writer, who would never have described herself in such grand terms. Her novels were short, spare masterpieces, self-concealing, oblique and subtle. She won the Booker Prize for her novel Offshore in 1979, and her last work, The Blue Flower, was acclaimed as a work of genius. The early novels drew on her own experiences – a boat on the Thames in the 1960s; the BBC in war time; a failing bookshop in Suffolk; an eccentric stage-school. The later ones opened out to encompass historical worlds which, magically, she seemed to possess entirely: Russia before the Revolution; post-war Italy; Germany in the time of the Romantic writer Novalis. Fitzgerald’s life is as various and as cryptic as her fiction. It spans most of the twentieth century, and moves from a Bishop’s Palace to a sinking barge, from a demanding intellectual family to hardship and poverty, from a life of teaching and obscurity to a blaze of renown. She was first published at sixty and became famous at eighty. This is a story of lateness, patience and persistence: a private form of heroism. Loved and admired, and increasingly recognised as one of the outstanding novelists of her time, she remains, also, mysterious and intriguing. She liked to mislead people with a good imitation of an absent-minded old lady, but under that scatty front were a steel-sharp brain and an imagination of wonderful reach. This brilliant account – by a biographer whom Fitzgerald herself admired – pursues her life, her writing, and her secret self, with fascinated interest.
Penelope Fitzgerald
Language: en
Pages: 544
Authors: Hermione Lee
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-11-07 - Publisher: Random House

Winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Biography 2014 Winner of the Plutarch Award for Best Biography New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year Penelope Fitzgerald (1916–2000) was a great English writer, who would never have described herself in such grand terms. Her novels were
Understanding Penelope Fitzgerald
Language: en
Pages: 332
Authors: Peter Wolfe
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2004 - Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

"With readings of a broad range of her published works, including her final novel, The Blue Flower, Wolfe describes the unfolding of Fitzgerald's writing as a subtle, ongoing process. He maintains that the novels, though plain and rambling at first glance, grow fuller, stranger, and more stirring the more we
Penelope Fitzgerald
Language: en
Pages: 151
Authors: Hugh Adlington
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018 - Publisher: Writers and Their Work

"First published in 2018 by Liverpool University Press ... on behalf of Northcote House Publishers Ltd"--Title page verso.
Penelope Fitzgerald and the Consolation of Fiction
Language: en
Pages: 298
Authors: Christopher J. Knight
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-09-13 - Publisher: Routledge

Christopher J. Knight’s Penelope Fitzgerald and the Consolation of Fiction is a study of the British author Penelope Fitzgerald (1916 – 2000), attending to her nine novels, especially as viewed through the lens both of "late style" (she published her first novel, The Golden Child, at age sixty) and, in
Offshore
Language: en
Pages: 144
Authors: Penelope Fitzgerald
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 1998-04-03 - Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Winner of the Booker Prize On the Battersea Reach of the Thames, a mixed bag of the slightly disreputable, the temporarily lost, and the patently eccentric live on houseboats, rising and falling with the great river’s tides. Belonging to neither land nor sea, they cling to one another in a