By Hermione Lee
The acclaimed biographer of Edith Wharton and Virginia Woolf supplies us an intimate portrait of 1 of the main quietly incredible novelists of the 20 th century.
Penelope Fitzgerald was once an exceptional English author whose occupation didn't commence until eventually she used to be approximately sixty. She may cross directly to win essentially the most coveted awards in literature--the Booker Prize and the nationwide ebook Critics Circle Award.
Now, in an impeccable fit of expertise among biographer and topic, Hermione Lee, a grasp biographer and one in all Fitzgerald's maximum champions, supplies us this amazing writer's tale. Lee's severe services is on unbelievable exhibit on each web page, because it illuminates this amazing English existence. Fitzgerald, born into an entire highbrow relations, the granddaughter of 2 bishops, led a lifestyles marked through dramatic twists of destiny, relocating from a bishop's palace to a sinking houseboat to a final, overdue blaze of renown. We see Fitzgerald's very English adolescence within the village of Hampstead; her Oxford years, while she was once often called the "blonde bombshell"; her impoverished maturity as a suffering spouse, mom and schoolteacher, elevating a family members in tricky situations; and the long-delayed begin to her literary profession.
Fitzgerald's early novels draw on her personal experiences--working on the BBC in wartime, at a bookstall in Suffolk, at an eccentric level university within the 1960s--while her later books open out into old worlds that she, magically, turns out to completely own: Russia sooner than the Revolution, postwar Italy, Germany during the Romantic author Novalis. Fitzgerald's novels are brief, spare masterpieces, and Hermione Lee unfurls them right here as works of genius. Expertly researched, written out of affection and admiration for this excellent author's paintings, Penelope Fitzgerald is literary biography at its finest--an unforgettable tale of lateness, patience and survival.
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Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life by Hermione Lee