Penelope Fitzgerald

Penelope Fitzgerald

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.

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.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Offshore

Offshore

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.

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547525501

Category: Fiction

Page: 144

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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 motley yet kindly society. There is Maurice, by occupation a male prostitute, by happenstance a receiver of stolen goods. And Richard, a buttoned-up ex-navy man whose boat dominates the Reach. Then there is Nenna, a faithful but abandoned wife, the diffident mother of two young girls running wild on the waterfront streets. It is Nenna’s domestic predicament that, as it deepens, draws the relations among this scrubby community together into ever more complex and comic patterns. The result is one of Fitzgerald’s greatest triumphs, a novel the Booker judges deemed “flawless.” “A marvelous achievement: strong, supple, humane, ripe, generous, and graceful.” —Sunday Times
Categories: Fiction

Penelope Fitzgerald

Penelope Fitzgerald

______, and Linda Henchey, 'Penelope Fitzgerald's Unknown Fiction', HR, 61/1 (Spring 2008), 47–65. Fascinating article discussing Fitzgerald's early fiction ...

Author: Hugh Adlington

Publisher: Writers and Their Work

ISBN: 9780746312940

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 168

View: 632

Penelope Fitzgerald (1916-2000) has been acclaimed as one of the finest British novelists of the late twentieth century. Four of her novels were shortlisted for the Booker Prize and one of them, Offshore (1979), won; her final work of historical fiction, The Blue Flower (1995), won the US National Book Critics' Circle Award. Fitzgerald's works are distinguished by their acute wit, deft handling of emotional tone and an unsentimental yet deeply felt commitment to portraying the lives of those men, women and children 'who seem to have been born defeated'. Admirers have long recognised the brilliance of Fitzgerald's writing, yet the deceptive simplicity of her style invariably leads readers to ask, 'How is it done?' This book seeks to answer that question, providing the first sustained exposition of Penelope Fitzgerald's compositional method, working both inwards from the surface of her writing and outwards from the archival evidence of Fitzgerald's own drafts and working papers.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Understanding Penelope Fitzgerald

Understanding Penelope Fitzgerald

Penelope Fitzgerald , introduction to M. R. James , The Haunted Dolls ' House and Other Stories ( London : Penguin , 2000 ) , xi .

Author: Peter Wolfe

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 157003561X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 332

View: 780

"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 invest in them. He details Fitzgerald's skill at sequencing events so as to unsettle readers and her ability to enhance motifs by not leaning too hard on them. Wolfe suggests that Fitzgerald's refusal to overplay effects and emotions, while at first puzzling in its disdain for drama, turns out to be one of her chief virtues, for she enables larger associations to emerge as she keeps big dramatic scenes from interfering with wider patterns."--BOOK JACKET.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Penelope Fitzgerald and the Consolation of Fiction

Penelope Fitzgerald and the Consolation of Fiction

I owe a great debt to Terence Dooley, the executor of Penelope Fitzgerald's estate. Several years ago, we began a correspondence that we have continued to ...

Author: Christopher J. Knight

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315450995

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 298

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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 her words, of "consolation, that is, for doubts and fears as well as for naked human loss." As in Shakespeare’s late, religiously inflected, romances, the two concerns coincide; and Fitzgerald’s ostensible comedies are marked by a clear experience of the tragic and the palpable sense of a world that verges on the edge of indifference to human loss. Yet Fitzgerald, her late age pessimism notwithstanding, seeks (with the aid of her own religious understandings), in each of her novels, to wrestle meaning, consolation and even comedy from circumstances not noticeably propitious. Or as she herself memorably spoke of her own "deepest convictions": "I can only say that however close I’ve come, by this time, to nothingness, I have remained true to my deepest convictions—I mean to the courage of those who are born to be defeated, the weaknesses of the strong, and the tragedy of misunderstandings and missed opportunities, which I have done my best to treat as a comedy, for otherwise how can we manage to bear it?" The recipient of Britain’s Booker Prize and America’s National Book Critics Circle Award, Penelope Fitzgerald’s reputation as a novelist, and author more generally, has grown, since her death, significantly, to the point that she is now widely judged one of Britain’s finest writers, comparable in worth to the likes of Jane Austen, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Human Voices

Human Voices

Inspired by the Booker Prize–winning author’s own wartime experiences at the BBC, Human Voices is a novel at once “funny, touching, and authentic” (Sunday Times, London). “Made me laugh out loud as I have hardly done since Cold ...

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 9780544227682

Category: Fiction

Page: 144

View: 362

A British radio station struggles through the London blitz, in a “wonderful” novel of World War II England (A.S. Byatt), by a veteran of the BBC. The nation is listening. It’s 1940, and BBC radio is on the air. Dedicated to the cause, it’s going to do what it does best: keep the British upper lip stiff without resorting to lies. But nightly blackouts and the thunder of exploding enemy bombs are only part of the chaos faced by the staff. There’s a battle for control between two program directors—one recklessly randy, the other efficient. Their comely assistant is suffering the pangs of unrequited love; an unwed mother is resisting the impending birth of her baby; and an exiled French general takes to the airwaves demanding Britain’s surrender. Then there’s the concert hall itself—a makeshift shelter for the displaced that quickly becomes a hotbed for quick trysts, bloody brawls, private wars between the sexes, political grandstanding, pointless deaths, and overriding fear, as the news unfolds just outside the building’s vulnerable walls. Inspired by the Booker Prize–winning author’s own wartime experiences at the BBC, Human Voices is a novel at once “funny, touching, and authentic” (Sunday Times, London). “Made me laugh out loud as I have hardly done since Cold Comfort Farm. It is extraordinary and immensely praiseworthy that a book with such an ultimately serious idea can be so brilliantly funny.” —Country Life “A tribute to the unsung and quintessentially English heroism of imperfect people.” —New Criterion
Categories: Fiction

The Bookshop

The Bookshop

"Penelope Fitzgerald's resources of odd people are impressively rich. And this is not just a gallery of quirky still lives; these people appear in vignettes, wryly, even comically animated...A marvellously piercing fiction.

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 9780007373833

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

View: 539

From the Booker Prize-winning author of ‘Offshore’, ‘The Blue Flower’ and ‘Innocence’ comes this Booker Prize-shortlisted story of books and busybodies in East Anglia.
Categories: Fiction

The Blue Flower

The Blue Flower

The irrationality of love, the transfiguration of the commonplace, the clarity of purpose that comes with knowing one's own fate-these are the themes of this beguiling novel, themes treated with a mix of wit, grace, and mischievous humor ...

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0395859972

Category: Fiction

Page: 225

View: 466

Presents a fictionalized account of the relationship between the eighteenth-century German poet known as Novalis and his true love, Sophie
Categories: Fiction

So I Have Thought of You The Letters of Penelope Fitzgerald

So I Have Thought of You  The Letters of Penelope Fitzgerald

A fascinating collection of letters from the great English novelist – and prolific correspondent – Penelope Fitzgerald

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 9780007379590

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 624

View: 273

A fascinating collection of letters from the great English novelist – and prolific correspondent – Penelope Fitzgerald
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Innocence

Innocence

Beautiful Chiara, in love with the brilliant but aloof Salvatore, asks her worldly English schoolfriend Barney to help her, and becomes entangled in a web of good intentions and massive misunderstandings.

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher:

ISBN: 0544359461

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 308

Beautiful Chiara, in love with the brilliant but aloof Salvatore, asks her worldly English schoolfriend Barney to help her, and becomes entangled in a web of good intentions and massive misunderstandings.
Categories: Fiction

At Freddie s

At Freddie s

Freddie, the elderly proprietress of the Temple Stage School for children, attempts to outwit two successful businessmen who are interested in taking over the school

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0395956188

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

View: 359

Freddie, the elderly proprietress of the Temple Stage School for children, attempts to outwit two successful businessmen who are interested in taking over the school
Categories: Fiction

The Beginning of Spring

The Beginning of Spring

Nellie Reed disappears from her home at 22 Lipka Street, and her husband Frank--suspecting she has returned to England--must raise their three young children with the help of beautiful Lisa Ivanovna

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 039590871X

Category: Fiction

Page: 187

View: 630

Nellie Reed disappears from her home at 22 Lipka Street, and her husband Frank--suspecting she has returned to England--must raise their three young children with the help of beautiful Lisa Ivanovna
Categories: Fiction

Penelope Fitzgerald and the Consolation of Fiction

Penelope Fitzgerald and the Consolation of Fiction

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 ...

Author: Christopher J. Knight

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781315451008

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 310

View: 424

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 her words, of "consolation, that is, for doubts and fears as well as for naked human loss." As in Shakespeare’s late, religiously inflected, romances, the two concerns coincide; and Fitzgerald’s ostensible comedies are marked by a clear experience of the tragic and the palpable sense of a world that verges on the edge of indifference to human loss. Yet Fitzgerald, her late age pessimism notwithstanding, seeks (with the aid of her own religious understandings), in each of her novels, to wrestle meaning, consolation and even comedy from circumstances not noticeably propitious. Or as she herself memorably spoke of her own "deepest convictions": "I can only say that however close I’ve come, by this time, to nothingness, I have remained true to my deepest convictions—I mean to the courage of those who are born to be defeated, the weaknesses of the strong, and the tragedy of misunderstandings and missed opportunities, which I have done my best to treat as a comedy, for otherwise how can we manage to bear it?" The recipient of Britain’s Booker Prize and America’s National Book Critics Circle Award, Penelope Fitzgerald’s reputation as a novelist, and author more generally, has grown, since her death, significantly, to the point that she is now widely judged one of Britain’s finest writers, comparable in worth to the likes of Jane Austen, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Means of Escape

The Means of Escape

A collection of stories skips across the globe from England to New Zealand between the seventeenth century and the modern day, exploring the shifting fortunes of class and wealth.

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0618154507

Category: Fiction

Page: 157

View: 636

A collection of stories skips across the globe from England to New Zealand between the seventeenth century and the modern day, exploring the shifting fortunes of class and wealth.
Categories: Fiction

The Booker Prize and the Legacy of Empire

The Booker Prize and the Legacy of Empire

Between land and sea : Penelope Fitzgerald's Offshore ( 1979 ) On the face of it , it seems difficult to reconcile the 1960s Thames world of Penelope ...

Author: Luke Strongman

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042014881

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 277

View: 747

This book is about the Booker Prize – the London-based literary award made annually to “the best novel written in English” by a writer from one of those countries belonging to, or formerly part of, the British Commonwealth. The approach to the Prize is thematically historical and spans the award period to 1999. The novels that have won or shared the Prize in this period are examined within a theoretical framework mapping the literary terrain of the fiction. Individual chapters explore themes that occur within the larger narrative formed by this body of novels - collectively invoked cultures, social trends and movements spanning the stages of imperial heyday and decline as perceived over the past three decades. Individually and collectively, the novels mirror, often in terms of more than a single static image, British imperial culture after empire, contesting and reinterpreting perceptions of the historical moment of the British Empire and its legacy in contemporary culture.The body of Booker novels narrates the demise of empire and the emergence of different cultural formations in its aftermath. The novels are grouped for discussion according to the way in which they deal with aspects of the transition from empire to a post-imperial culture - from early imperial expansion, through colonization, retrenchment, decolonization and postcolonial pessimism, to the emergence of tribal nationalisms and post-imperial nation-states. The focus throughout is primarily literary and contingently cultural.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Penelope Fitzgerald

Penelope Fitzgerald

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:778972645

Category: Booksellers and bookselling

Page: 348

View: 947

Categories: Booksellers and bookselling

The Knox Brothers

The Knox Brothers

Here is a biography whose eccentric genius perfectly matches that of its subjects. Penelope Fitzgerald tells the lives of four extraordinary Englishmen–her father and his brothers–with style and wit.

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: Catapult

ISBN: 9781619022690

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 571

Here is a biography whose eccentric genius perfectly matches that of its subjects. Penelope Fitzgerald tells the lives of four extraordinary Englishmen–her father and his brothers–with style and wit. Here is the story of a deeply fascinating family mind, shared by four brothers and passed along to their remarkable biographer.
Categories: History

Penelope Fitzgerald

Penelope Fitzgerald

' This book seeks to answer that question, providing the first sustained exposition of Penelope Fitzgerald's compositional method, working both inwards from the surface of her writing and outwards from the archival evidence of Fitzgerald's ...

Author: Hugh Adlington

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9781786946218

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 151

View: 473

Penelope Fitzgerald (1916-2000) has been acclaimed as one of the finest British novelists of the late twentieth century. Four of her novels were shortlisted for the Booker Prize and one of them, Offshore (1979), won; her final work of historical fiction, The Blue Flower (1995), won the US National Book Critics' Circle Award. Fitzgerald's works are distinguished by their acute wit, deft handling of emotional tone and an unsentimental yet deeply felt commitment to portraying the lives of those men, women and children 'who seem to have been born defeated'. Admirers have long recognised the brilliance of Fitzgerald's writing, yet the deceptive simplicity of her style invariably leads readers to ask, 'How is it done?' This book seeks to answer that question, providing the first sustained exposition of Penelope Fitzgerald's compositional method, working both inwards from the surface of her writing and outwards from the archival evidence of Fitzgerald's own drafts and working papers.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A House of Air

A House of Air

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY HERMIONE LEE The previously uncollected occasional prose of a great English writer – full of wit, feeling and illumination.

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 9780007355426

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 592

View: 875

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY HERMIONE LEE The previously uncollected occasional prose of a great English writer – full of wit, feeling and illumination.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Golden Child

The Golden Child

By the author of THE GATES OF ANGELS

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: HarperPerennial

ISBN: UOM:39015032315536

Category: Africa

Page: 188

View: 463

By the author of THE GATES OF ANGELS
Categories: Africa