"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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Date of Birth:
December 17, 1916
Place of Birth:
Date of Death:
May 3, 2000
|Place of Death:
Somerville College, Oxford University, 1939
Booker Prize for Offshore, 1979; National Book Critics Circle Award for The Blue Flower, 1998
|The Booker Prize Winner||The Last Stories|
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."
|The Means of Escape|
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.
|Photo by Tara Heinemann||