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Penelope Fitzgerald
Author: Hermione Lee

ISBN: 9780099546597
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 3 November 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 12.9 x 3.7
Description:
Intimate, perceptive, critically acute, funny and moving, this is the first full biography of one of the finest English novelists of the last century.

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 six...

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