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Penelope Fitzgerald (1916–2000)

Autor(a) de The Bookshop

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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. mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos


Obras por Penelope Fitzgerald

The Bookshop (1977) 2,778 exemplares
The Blue Flower (1995) 1,958 exemplares
Offshore (1979) 1,309 exemplares
The Gate of Angels (1990) 864 exemplares
The Beginning of Spring (1988) 820 exemplares
Human Voices (1980) 518 exemplares
Innocence (1986) 436 exemplares
At Freddie's (1982) 378 exemplares
The Golden Child (1977) 375 exemplares
The Means of Escape (2000) 310 exemplares
The Knox Brothers (1977) 190 exemplares
A House of Air: Selected Writings (2003) 141 exemplares
Charlotte Mew and Her Friends (2013) 87 exemplares

Associated Works

Emma (1815) — Introdução, algumas edições37,615 exemplares
Middlemarch (1871) — Introdução, algumas edições17,557 exemplares
Collected Ghost Stories (1931) — Introdução, algumas edições2,273 exemplares
A Month in the Country (1980) — Introdução, algumas edições2,273 exemplares
Miss Marjoribanks (1866) — Introdução, algumas edições476 exemplares
The Oxford Book of English Short Stories (1998) — Contribuidor — 189 exemplares
Thank Heaven Fasting (1932) — Posfácio, algumas edições179 exemplares
Chronicles of Carlingford: The Rector and The Doctor's Family (1863) — Introdução, algumas edições171 exemplares
Salem Chapel (1863) — Introdução, algumas edições163 exemplares
The Root and the Flower (1935) — Introdução, algumas edições146 exemplares
Granta 74: Confessions of a Middle-Aged Ecstasy Eater (2001) — Contribuidor — 140 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories (1984) — Contribuidor — 122 exemplares
House-Bound (1942) — Prefácio, algumas edições120 exemplares
The Persephone Book of Short Stories (2012) — Contribuidor — 119 exemplares
The Bookshop [2017 film] (2018) — Original book — 61 exemplares
The Norton Book Of Ghost Stories (1994) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
The Second Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1997) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
TLS Short Stories (2003) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
The Novel on Blue Paper (1982) — Editor, algumas edições9 exemplares


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Knox, Penelope Mary (born)
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, UK
Local de falecimento
London, England, UK
Locais de residência
Southwold, Suffolk, England, UK
University of Oxford (Somerville College|1938)
Knox, E. V. (father)
Knox, Ronald (uncle)
Knox, Wilfred (uncle)
Peck, Winifred (aunt)
Prémios e menções honrosas
The Heywood Hill Literary Prize (1996)
Golden PEN Award (1999)
Booker Prize (1979)
National Book Critics Circle Award (Fiction, 1997)

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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 em Literary Centennials (Fevereiro 2016)


Set in the early 60s this focuses on the community that lives on houseboats on a stretch of the Thames. They are a varied bunch, not quite at home in life, they live at the margins of land and water, and seemingly of society as a whole. The mixture of characters is appealing and they're all quite well defined. There's a lot goes on but the brevity of this leaves a lot of questions unanswered and what happens next.
Helenliz | 52 outras críticas | Feb 1, 2024 |
An extremely pleasant surprise, this is a beautifully composed and penetrating short novel. Given it's immediacy and cinematic quality, I assumed it had been filmed at some point. It hasn't, so I wish someone would.
Mark_Feltskog | 144 outras críticas | Dec 23, 2023 |
Bleak. But was interesting in that the setup was in the vein of cloyingly plucky quaint English tale, but instead ended up a bleak tale of a woman beaten by the forces-that-be in small-town-mindedness.
BookyMaven | 144 outras críticas | Dec 6, 2023 |
"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.
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therebelprince | 144 outras críticas | Oct 24, 2023 |



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