Anita Brookner

((1928-2016) / Herne Hill)

Anita Brookner
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Anita Brookner (born 16 July 1928) is an English language novelist and art historian who was born in Herne Hill, a suburb of London.

In 1967 she became the first woman to hold the Slade professorship at Cambridge University. She was promoted to Reader at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 1977, where she worked until her retirement in 1988.

Brookner published her first novel, A Start In Life in 1981, at the age of 53. Since then she has published a novel approximately every year.

Brookner has not married; and took care of her parents as they aged.

In 1990 she was made a CBE (Commander of the British Empire). She is a Fellow of King's College London ... more »

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  • ''Time misspent in youth is sometimes all the freedom one ever has.''
    Anita Brookner (b. 1938), British novelist, art historian. Blanche Vernon, in The Misalliance, ch. 10 (1986).
  • ''She was a handsome woman of forty-five and would remain so for many years.''
    Anita Brookner (b. 1938), British novelist, art historian. Hotel du Lac, ch. 4 (1984).
  • ''Real love is a pilgrimage. It happens when there is no strategy, but it is very rare because most people are strategists.''
    Anita Brookner (b. 1938), British novelist, art historian. Interview in Women Writers Talk, ed. Olga Kenyon (1989).
  • ''Romanticism is not just a mode; it literally eats into every life. Women will never get rid of just waiting for the right man.''
    Anita Brookner (b. 1938), British novelist, art historian. Interview in Women Writers Talk, ed. Olga Kenyon (1989).
  • ''Existentialism is about being a saint without God; being your own hero, without all the sanction and support of religion or society.''
    Anita Brookner (b. 1938), British novelist, art historian. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).
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