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The Afterlife: Essays and Criticism Hardcover – October, 2003

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press; 1 edition (October 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582431981
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582431987
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,096,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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British writer Fitzgerald (1916-2000), winner of the Booker Prize for Offshore ( 1987) and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Blue Flower ( 1996), wrote biographies as well as fiction and lots of subtly erudite, covertly witty, and altogether invigorating essays and reviews. Fitzgerald grew up writing--her father, E. V. Knox, was editor of Punch from 1932 to 1949--and is renowned for her understated style, a habit of restraint that makes for agile and piquant criticism. An extraordinarily discerning reader, Fitzgerald offers strong opinions on the art of biography; expert assessments of visual art, including illustration and cartoons; a keen sense of place; and avid interest in both lesser-known writers such as Charlotte Mew and such giants as William Blake and George Eliot. Fitzgerald's insights into literature are striking in their depth and freshness, and when she writes about her own literary practice in the sterling set of personal essays that conclude this unprecedented and enlivening collection, her piercing intelligence, precision, humor, and unwavering compassion are in full and resplendent force. Donna Seaman
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"A great and welcome treasure for the Fitzgerald devotee." -- The Boston Globe

"Fitzgerald fans searching for clues about this master of reticence would do well to look here." -- The San Francisco Chronicle

"She achieves the best in first-person erasure." -- The Village Voice

"Treating serious things gracefully is also the hallmark of Penelope Fitzgerald and of this fine collection." - -- The Washington Post

"Unusually intelligent and sensitively selected collection of her criticism." -- The Atlantic Monthly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marit Johnsen on November 2, 2013
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This is a good introduction to Penelope Fitzgerald as a scholar and intellectual.
It is also a very good way to know other English authors; especially the somewhat older, classical ones. All the main great names in English literature are to be found in this collection of reviews and essays which she made during a lifetime. She seemed to have known and understood so many aspects of the art of writing literature. Her human understanding of authors and their struggles with life in general, makes this a treasure to own.
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