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									Penelope FitzgeraldPenelope Fitzgerald
"I've heard my novels described as 'light,' but I mean them very seriously," Penelope Fitzgerald has written. And while it's true that the tone and humor in her novels may belie the insight they carry, the award-winning Fitzgerald has always been a writer that people do indeed take seriously.

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Penelope Fitzgerald
Date of Birth:
December 17, 1916
Place of Birth:
Lincoln, England
Date of Death:
May 3, 2000
Place of Death:
London, England
Somerville College, Oxford University, 1939
Booker Prize for Offshore, 1979; National Book Critics Circle Award for The Blue Flower, 1998

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The Blue Flower
by Penelope Fitzgerald
The New York Times called The Blue Flower Fitzgerald's "most recondite and challenging book...Her greatest triumph." It also garnered her the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award , making her the first non-U.S. author to receive it.
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*  Offshore (1979)
*  Innocence (1986)
*  The Blue Flower (1995)
*  The Means of Escape (2000)

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by Penelope Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald avoided easy plot tie-ups in this story of a group of eccentrics living on houseboats on the Thames. The New York Times Book Review's verdict: "Almost disreputably enjoyable...You can breathe the air and taste the water."

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The Means of Escape
by Penelope Fitzgerald, A. S. Byatt (Introduction)
Published shortly after Fitzgerald's death in 2000, the author's first and only story collection is a strange, clever assortment of eight short stories that vary widely in setting.

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