- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Fourth Estate; New Ed edition (24 April 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007142749
- ISBN-13: 978-0007142743
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Charlotte Mew: and Her Friends Paperback – 24 Apr 2014
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‘A perceptive, witty biography. A marvel and a curiosity … reads like a Thomas Hardy novel’ The Times
‘Everyone says you can’t write the biography of a genius. Penelope Fitzgerald has … and she has managed to present Charlotte Mew with such subtlety that you feel you’ve read her work, even if you haven’t’ The Times
‘Absorbing … full of insight and sympathy and mellow humour’ Observer
‘Wise and ironic, funny and humane, Fitzgerald is a wonderful, wonderful writer.’ David Nicholls
‘The heartbreaking story, beautifully told, of a hitherto underestimated poet. Tantalizing but touching, an entire life’s emotional history in a short space.’ Victoria Glendinning, Sunday Times
‘A subtle, succinct, generous biography.’ Hilary Spurling, Evening Standard
About the Author
Penelope Fitzgerald was one of the most elegant and distinctive voices in British fiction. Three of her novels, The Bookshop, The Beginning of Spring and The Gate of Angels have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She won the Prize in 1979 for Offshore. Her last novel, The Blue Flower, was the most admired novel of 1995, chosen no fewer than nineteen times in the press as the ‘Book of the Year’. It won America’s National Book Critics’ Circle Award. She died in April 2000, at the age of eighty-three.
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Top Customer Reviews
The second part of the book contains a good body of Charlotte's work and it is lovely to have it there to flick to as you read the story of how a particular poem was wrought.If the mark of a good poem is that its images stay with you then Charlotte Mew was a very good poet indeed.I have a yard full of white geraniums to witness that fact!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent service and a very authoritative and fascinating biographyPublished 19 months ago by Editor
i will read anything by Penelope Fitzgerald - a great writer. This is a literary biography showing the development of Charlotte Mew, a strange woman much affected by her family... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Barbara Burge