Penelope Fitzgerald





Penelope Fitzgerald

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born
in Lincoln, England, The United Kingdom
December 17, 1916

died
April 28, 2000

gender
female

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Penelope Fitzgerald was an English novelist, poet, essayist and biographer. In 2008, The Times included her in a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". In 2012, The Observer named her final novel, The Blue Flower, as one of "the ten best historical novels".

Fitzgerald was the author of nine novels. Her novel Offshore was the winner of the Booker Prize. A further three novels — The Bookshop, The Beginning of Spring and The Gate of Angels — also made the shortlist.

She was educated at Wycombe Abbey and Somerville College, Oxford university, from which she graduated in 1938 with a congratulatory First.


Average rating: 3.56 · 11,235 ratings · 1,742 reviews · 30 distinct works · Similar authors
The Bookshop
3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 3,204 ratings — published 1978 — 32 editions
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The Blue Flower
3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 2,251 ratings — published 1995 — 26 editions
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Offshore
3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 2,319 ratings — published 1979 — 24 editions
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The Gate of Angels
3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 751 ratings — published 1990 — 18 editions
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The Beginning of Spring
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 678 ratings — published 1988 — 17 editions
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Human Voices
3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 407 ratings — published 1980 — 15 editions
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At Freddie's
3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 256 ratings — published 1982 — 13 editions
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The Golden Child
3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 252 ratings — published 1977 — 13 editions
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Innocence
3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 251 ratings — published 1986 — 15 editions
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The Means of Escape
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 183 ratings — published 2000 — 14 editions
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More books by Penelope Fitzgerald…
“To every separate person a thing is what he thinks it is – in other words, not a thing, but a think.”
Penelope Fitzgerald, The Gate of Angels

“On the whole, I think you should write biographies of those you admire and respect, and novels about human beings who you think are sadly mistaken.”
Penelope Fitzgerald

“A good book is the precious life-blood of a master-spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life, and as such it must surely be a necessary commodity.”
Penelope Fitzgerald, The Bookshop

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