Penelope Fitzgerald


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Penelope Fitzgerald (17 December 1916 – 28 April 2000) was a Booker Prize-winning English novelist, poet, essayist and biographer. In 2008, The Times included her in a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". In 2012, The Observer named her final novel, The Blue Flower, as one of "The 10 best historical novels".

She was the daughter of Punch editor Edmund Knox and Christina Hicks, one of the first woman students at Oxford. She was the niece of theologian and crime writer Ronald Knox, cryptographer Dilly Knox and Bible scholar Wilfred Knox. Fitzgerald later wrote,

When I was young I took my father and my three uncles for granted, and it ... more »

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  • It's very good for an idea to be commonplace. The important thing is that a new idea should develop out of what is already there so that it soon becomes an old acquaintance. Old acquaintances aren't b...
    Penelope Fitzgerald (b. 1916), British author. Fred Fairly, in The Gate of Angels, ch. 20 (1990). Lecturing to his students at Cambridge.
  • ''If they don't depend on true evidence, scientists are no better than gossips.''
    Penelope Fitzgerald (b. 1916), British author. Herbert Flowerdew to Fred Fairly, in The Gate of Angels, ch. 3 (1990).
  • ''However, no two people see the external world in exactly the same way. To every separate person a thing is what he thinks it is—in other words, not a thing, but a think.''
    Penelope Fitzgerald (b. 1916), British author. Shippey, in The Gate of Angels, ch. 6 (1990).
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