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So I Have Thought of You: The Letters of Penelope Fitzgerald

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Novelist and biographer Penelope Fitzgerald, who won the Booker Prize in 1979 for 'Offshore', was also a prolific correspondent. The letters collected here capture the people and places of her life and times.
Hardcover, 532 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Fourth Estate (GB) (first published June 4th 2008)
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Jan 16, 2016 Susan rated it liked it
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An interesting collection of letters arranged by correspondent and divided into two sections: one of private letters to family and friends (where her daughters have generously allowed their correspondence from their mother to be included) and one of "business" letters to publishers, authors and critics. Usually, I prefer a chronological presentation of letters, but the organization here worked well to illustrate the different facets of her personality and writing for each correspondent. Her lett ...more
Sep 21, 2010 Yooperprof rated it really liked it
Shelves: britain, letters
No real surprises here - Penelope Fitzgerald seems to have been a genuinely nice, grandmotherly person. She had eclectic, far-ranging interests that reveal themselves in the disparate subject matters of her books, and although she comes across in the letters as modest and self-effacing, her "pose" does not fully obscure the fact that her books are remarkably accomplished and even ambitious in their subtle brilliance. I regard P. Fitzgerald as a kind of Vermeer of contemporary British fiction.
Ellen Schnepper
Apr 26, 2015 Ellen Schnepper rated it it was amazing
Penelope Fitzgerald is marvelous and her wry sense of humor is not lost in her letters. What I most liked were her references to contemporary writers in England. She knew so many, and she refers to them as just everyday people, not the gods and goddesses you might think. Also in the letters is a lot of insight into the writing of biographies, novels, and the publishing world. Fascinating. I couldn't put it down.
Emma Townshend
Jun 19, 2016 Emma Townshend rated it it was amazing
If you like her, read these. They are rather wonderful.
This would be four stars, except that I didn't think the editing and organization were very good. Having the letters grouped by correspondent instead of chronologically didn't allow any flow through Fitzgerald's life, and I felt that there needed to be many more footnotes explaining references to people and events which weren't fully detailed in the letters themselves.
Jul 24, 2011 Lesley rated it really liked it
Rather oddly arranged by correspondent instead of chronology - this had a curiously unsettling effect. Also, while I hate editions of letters that do too much footnoting of references and allusions, I felt that this could have done with just a bit more. Some wonderful stuff in there, though.
Cooper Renner
I didn't read the entire collection, to be sure. A hefty chunk of the family letters and a browse through the letters to writers. Penelope's personality comes through loud and clear.
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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 B
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