The Bookshop, the Gate of Angels, the Blue Flower: Introduction by Frank Kermode

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5.26 X 8.3 X 1.13 inches | 1.23 pounds

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About the Author

Penelope Fitzgerald (1916-2000) emerged late in life as one of the most remarkable English writers of the last century. She began her writing career in 1975 at the age of fifty-nine, and over the next two decades she published three biographies, nine novels, and a collection of short stories.


"The Bookshop is a little gem...A classic whose force as a piece of physical and moral mapmaking has not merely lasted but has actually improved with the passage of years." -New York Times Book Review

"Wryly, even comically animated...On any reckoning, [The Bookshop is] a marvelously piercing fiction." -Times Literary Supplement

"[The Gate of Angels] is an achievement-a metaphysical novel which is entertaining, brief, and a love story...A miracle of technique." -The Times (London)

"[The Gate of Angels] contains more wit, intelligence, and feeling than many novels three times its length. It confirms Fitzgerald's place as one of the finest and most entertaining novelists in England." -The Observer

"[The Blue Flower] is a quite astonishing book, a masterpiece." -New York Times Book Review

"Her limpid, exact prose reflects an unwaveringly clear view of the human predicament. Fitzgerald seems to be one of those rare artists gifted with both the knowledge of how things are and the skill to record what she knows with subtlety and devastating truthfulness." -A. N. Wilson, Evening Standard

"The Blue Flower is an enchanting novel about heart, body, and mind. The writing is elliptical and that what could be a sad little love story is constantly funny and always absorbing, with a cast of characters both endearing and amusing. This novel is a jewel." -Daily Telegraph