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Penelope Fitzgerald by Hermione Lee
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Oct 13, 2015 | ISBN 9780804170499

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“A triumph. . . . Any admirer of Penelope Fitzgerald’s work—or, for that matter, any passionate reader—will enjoy this capacious, masterly biography.” —The Washington Post

“Excellent. . . . Riveting. . . . Will send you racing back to read the subject’s works.” —The New York Times

“[A] superbly intelligent biography. . . . Remarkable. . . . A revelation.” —The New Yorker
“A championing critical biography. . . . Richly illuminating. . . . It is, very movingly, a picture of a whole past life . . . with a reverence for her subject that is felt on every page.” —The New York Review of Books

“Rarely has a literary biography been more needed or necessary than in Fitzgerald’s case. . . . She was a writer of genius. . . . [Lee’s] research is meticulous. . . . Her conclusion is a statement of biographical honesty.” —The Wall Street Journal

“The life and times of that elusive, original miracle worker, the English novelist and biographer Penelope Fitzgerald, have been brilliantly captured by Lee. . . . [Fitzgerald’s] fiction, when it finally emerged, had a tamped-down force and intense compression, as if the decades-long wait had worked its own clarifying, crystallizing magic.” —The New York Times Book Review

“[A] sumptuous biography. . . . Thrilling. . . . Pithy. . . . Pleasingly impressionistic.” —Slate

“A captivating read about a woman who lived most of her life on the sidelines. . . . With great respect, and an innate sense of the underappreciated, Lee shines a brilliant light on Fitzgerald’s long life of making do, and making art in the process.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Brilliant . . . Lee catches not only the tempo of each decade, but how values from Fitzgerald’s past constantly inform her present.” —Financial Times

“Hermione Lee’s sensitive, respectful biography traces the life of a woman as elusive and enigmatic as her fiction. . . . Moving. . . . Mak[es] palpable the weight of experience Fitzgerald transmuted into fiction of such remarkable grace and deceptive ease.” —Newsday

“Gloriously illuminates the separate talents of two distinguished ladies of letters.” —The Economist

“Marvelous. . . . Brilliant. . . . Master biographer Hermione Lee illuminates the life of Fitzgerald.” —The Seattle Times

“Literary biography at its best—a masterly discussion of the work of that fine novelist.” —Penelope Lively

“Deliriously entertaining. . . . Beautifully evoked. . . . [Lee’s] intense, close-up analyses of each book would have thrilled Fitzgerald.” —The Sunday Times (London)

“The biography of the year, an extraordinary portrait of an English literary life.” —Robert McCrum, The Observer (London)

“Richly satisfying . . . It will send you back to the subject’s own piquant and elusive novels.”
—Hilary Mantel

“Excellent . . . Lee was a perfect choice as Fitzgerald’s biographer. She has done a superb job, capturing an elusive personality and a complex, sometimes rather harrowing story.” —The Guardian (London)

“A luminous masterpiece of life-writing . . . Lee’s magisterial work is inseparable from warmth, intimacy, humaneness, and love for the subject of her biography.” —New Statesman

“This book will hold insights and treats for any admirer of her fiction, and recruit converts to this reticent, witty, ferocious champion of the utterly downtrodden.” —The Independent on Sunday


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