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

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

Edited by Terence Dooley

3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


A fascinating collection of letters from the great English novelist -- and prolific correspondent -- Penelope Fitzgerald. 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, these letters 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, these letters give the same pleasure they gave to those who first opened them. Penelope Fitzgerald was one of the most distinctive voices in British literature.

The prize-winning author of nine novels, three biographies and one collection of short stories, she died in 2000.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Diaries, letters & journals
  • ISBN: 9780007136414



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Penelope Fitzgerald (1916-2000) was a fine example of the late 20th century British female novelist. After publishing a biography of Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones, and a interesting collective study of her four paternal uncles "The Knox Brothers," she turned her hand to short novels, which was her true forte. Short but deep, for Fitzgerald was the master of an allusive sophistication which allows simple prose to carry tremendous meaning."So I Have Thought Of You" is a collection of Fitzgerald's correspondence from the 1960s until her death in 2000. The book is lovingly edited by her son-in-law, which is suggestive in itself. (Earlier letters and personal papers were destroyed when the houseboat in which Fitzgerald was living with her husband sunk to the bottom of the Thames!) No real surprises here - Penelope Fitzgerald seems to have been a genuinely nice, grandmotherly person. She had eclectic, far-ranging interests that reveal themselves in the disparate subject matters of her books. (Among the settings and topics of her fictions: Italy in the 1950s, German Romanticism in the early 1800s, pre-Revolutionary Russia, the BBC during World War II.)While Fitzgerald comes across in the letters as modest and self-effacing, she was no doubt "a tough cookie." (At times I was put in mind of the late Queen Mother.) Her "pose" does not fully obscure the fact that her books are remarkably accomplished and even ambitious in their subtle brilliance. I'm not alone in regarding P. Fitzgerald as a kind of Vermeer of contemporary British fiction.

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