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

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

by Penelope Fitzgerald, A. S. Byatt, Terence Dooley
     
 

'The most illuminating, most moving collection of letters that I have ever read. The writing glows with love, wit and intellectual passion'

Financial Times

Acclaimed for her exquisitely elegant novels - including the Booker Prize-winning Offshore - and superb biographies, Penelope Fitzgerald was one of the finest British authors of the last century. Published

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'The most illuminating, most moving collection of letters that I have ever read. The writing glows with love, wit and intellectual passion'

Financial Times

Acclaimed for her exquisitely elegant novels - including the Booker Prize-winning Offshore - and superb biographies, Penelope Fitzgerald was one of the finest British authors of the last century. Published here for the first time are her collected letters. An unparalleled record of the life of this greatly admired writer, they reveal her most important family relationships and friendships, and paint a clear picture both of herself and of her correspondents. They show us how she managed her own career - according to her own convictions - and how determined she was to put her world view across. A fascinating portrait of Penelope Fitzgerald as a mother, as a friend and as a writer, they give the same pleasure they give to those who first opened them.

'Wise and wonderful . . . her letters offer an essential guide, perhaps better than any biography could do'

Independent on Sunday

'There is little ground to doubt that Fitzgerald was a writer of genius'

TLS

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Editorial Reviews

Guardian Book of the Year
Until a biography of this genius comes along, we have these letters, so ironic, idiosyncratic, and beautiful.
Sunday Times
Self-deprecating, wry . . . the novelist's comic brio is wonderfully on show.
Financial Times
Among the most illuminating, moving collections of letters that I have ever read. The writing glows with love and wit [and] intellectual passion.
Times Literary Supplement
Characteristically short, exquisitely constructed, and saying something extremely important, but something subtle and under-celebrated about the human condition as well! The letters are exciting for what they contribute towards the understanding of Fitzgerald's imagination.
Sunday Express
The pleasure of other people's mail is the trivia and Fitzgerald doesn't disappoint in this department. This book is crammed with domestic detail and reflections on food and drink, taxes and laws, seasons and landscapes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007136414
Publisher:
Fourth Estate, Limited
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

Penelope Fitzgerald (1916–2000) was the author of nine novels, three biographies, and one collection of short stories. The Bookshop was short-listed for the Booker Prize, which she then won for Offshore. Her final book, The Blue Flower, won the National Book Critics award. Terence Dooley is Fitzgerald's son-in-law. A. S. Byatt is the Booker Prize–winning author of Little Black Book of Stories and Possession.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
December 17, 1916
Date of Death:
May 3, 2000
Place of Birth:
Lincoln, England
Place of Death:
London, England
Education:
Somerville College, Oxford University, 1939

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