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Penelope Fitzgerald (1916–2000)

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In 1997 Penelope Fitzgerald's novel The Blue Flower was named one of the New York Times Book Review's eleven Best Books of the Year. Winner of the 1979 Booker Prize for Offshore, Fitzgerald was also short-listed for the Booker for The Bookshop. The Beginning of Spring, and The Gate of Angels. visa mer Penelope Fitzgerald lives in England. (Bowker Author Biography) Penelope Fitzgerald, one of England's most-celebrated contemporary writers, is the author of "The Blue Flower," which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Winner of the 1979 Booker Prize for "Offshore," she was also shortlisted for the Booker for "The Bookshop," "The Beginning of Spring," & "The Gate of Angels." She lives in London. (Bowker Author Biography) Admired by many as one of the leading English novelists of her day, Penelope Fitzgerald (1916-2000) wrote some twelve books of fiction and nonfiction over the course of her writing career; which began at the age of sixty. She won the National Book Critics Circle Award for "The Blue Flower" and the Booker Prize for "Offshore". She died on April 28, 2000, at the age of eighty-three. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre


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Namn enligt folkbokföringen
Knox, Penelope Mary (born)
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, UK
London, England, UK
Southwold, Suffolk, England, UK
University of Oxford (Somerville College|1938)
Knox, E. V. (father)
Knox, Ronald (uncle)
Knox, Wilfred (uncle)
Peck, Winifred (aunt)
Priser och utmärkelser
The Heywood Hill Literary Prize (1996)
Golden PEN Award (1999)
Booker Prize (1979)
National Book Critics Circle Award (Fiction, 1997)
Kort biografi
Penelope Fitzgerald (1916-2000), laureatasi ad Oxford nel 1939, ebbe varie esperienze di lavoro e di vita, fra l'altro il giornalismo e la storia dell'arte. Iniziò a scrivere opere narrative all'età di sessant'anni. Quasi tutti i suoi romanzi hanno vinto premi prestigiosi fra cui il Booker Prize. Penelope Fitzgerald definiva i suoi romanzi «microchip novels», romanzi in miniatura, scherzando sulla concisione alla quale tutti sono improntati, e che è diventata un po' il suo marchio di fabbrica; a proposito di uno di essi Auberon Waugh, critico famoso per la sua ferocia, dichiarò che per la prima volta nella sua carriera si sorprendeva a pregare una donna di scrivere non di meno, ma di più. Presto diventata popolarissima, la Fitzgerald era stata salutata fin dal debutto come «a writer's writer», un autore per autori, in quanto l'economia e la precisione del suo stile, la salda organizzazione del suo estro, la secchezza del suo umorismo, e la competenza sfoggiata in qualunque argomento ella affronti, sono particolarmente apprezzati da chi se ne intende.



1916: Penelope Fitzgerald - Resources and General Discussion i Literary Centennials (februari 2016)


"Culture is for amateurs."

It is now de rigueur to declare Fitzgerald as one of the great neglected English novelists of the 20th century, and I must add my voice to that woeful chorus. Her starkly funny - or perhaps humorous upsetting - style is akin to those great ladies Muriel Spark and Barbara Pym. Her characters, like theirs, often hover on the fringes of good society; the "distressed gentlewomen", Pym often calls them.

Florence Green is one such character, a plain but still reasonably young widow who chooses to open a bookshop in a town that wants to reject her at every turn - even her resident poltergeist wants nothing to do with her. In 10 short chapters, Fitzgerald outlines Florence's unsettling encounters with the townfolk in wry, pointed notes, never allowing us to become either sympathetic or deeply enmeshed in the lives of any of them. Its events are of no consequence, and yet somehow feel staggeringly consequential. And at the heart of it all are questions about how we appreciate culture, how we relate to books themselves, and why we allow our dreams to take hold of us against all reason.

A deeply enjoyable read for fans of ironic British novelists.
… (mer)
therebelprince | 142 andra recensioner | Oct 24, 2023 |
Episode uit het leven van een Engels gezin in het oude Moskou vlak voor de revolutie van 1917.
RMatthys | 18 andra recensioner | Oct 3, 2023 |
I loved this book when I first read it decades ago; on rereading it in 2023, I found myself increasingly irritated by the ridiculous characters and insufficient understanding of what Russia and Russians are like (apart from what could be gleaned from Baedeker, and even there the street names and geography are often confused). I still like her style, but I consider this another in a long series of novels that use Russia as a handy source of exoticism.
languagehat | 18 andra recensioner | Sep 21, 2023 |
Another book I recall liking, without remembering much about it.
mykl-s | 142 andra recensioner | Aug 12, 2023 |



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