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Penelope Fitzgerald


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

Died
April 28, 2000

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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.

She was the granddaughter of Edward Lee Hicks
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Average rating: 3.46 · 43,967 ratings · 6,543 reviews · 40 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Bookshop

3.28 avg rating — 21,047 ratings — published 1978 — 67 editions
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Offshore

3.59 avg rating — 6,114 ratings — published 1979 — 43 editions
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The Blue Flower

3.46 avg rating — 5,328 ratings — published 1995 — 45 editions
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The Beginning of Spring

3.74 avg rating — 2,651 ratings — published 1988 — 23 editions
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The Gate of Angels

3.63 avg rating — 2,249 ratings — published 1990 — 29 editions
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Human Voices

3.61 avg rating — 1,587 ratings — published 1980 — 20 editions
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At Freddie's

3.57 avg rating — 906 ratings — published 1982 — 15 editions
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Innocence

3.57 avg rating — 699 ratings — published 1986 — 17 editions
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The Golden Child

3.55 avg rating — 632 ratings — published 1977 — 17 editions
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The Means of Escape

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3.66 avg rating — 443 ratings — published 2000 — 16 editions
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“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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