Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Penelope Fitzgerald 1916-2000

"I have remained true to my deepest convictions--I mean to the courage of those who are born to be defeated, the weaknesses of the strong, and the tragedy of misunderstandings and missed opportunities, which I have done my best to treat as a comedy, for otherwise, how can we manage to bear it?"
--Penelope Fitzgerald
(from the New York Times obit May 3,2000)

She won the Booker in 1979 for Offshore, which I think is her best. She grew up in a literary family,(her father edited Punch, the legendary British humor magazine) but did not publish any of her novels until she was in her sixties.



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