FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
So I Have Thought of You:... has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Get this book fast, expedited shipping available. We guarantee the following - No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins. Very little wear and tear.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

So I Have Thought of You: The Letters of Penelope Fitzgerald Paperback – 6 Aug 2009

4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£9.99
£3.61 £1.22
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£9.99 FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

  • So I Have Thought of You: The Letters of Penelope Fitzgerald
  • +
  • The Knox Brothers
  • +
  • Offshore
Total price: £29.97
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; 1st Edition edition (6 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007136412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007136414
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Review

‘Until a biography of this genius comes along, we have these letters, so ironic, idiosyncratic and beautiful.’ Carmen Callil, Guardian (Book of the Year)

‘Self-deprecating, wry, scatty, very English, it’s something of a cross between Barbara Pym and Stevie Smith. Certainly Fitzgerald, as these letters show, was a modest, reserved person…But her daffy manner was also a useful camouflage. It coexisted with the steely principle, luminous intelligence, professional energy, sharp judgements and stoic rigour that went into the books. The novelist’s comic brio is wonderfully on show.’ Hermione Lee, Sunday Times

'Characteristically short, exquisitely constructed, and saying something extremely important, but something subtle and under-celebrated about the human condition as well…The letters are exciting for what they contribute towards the understanding of Fitzgerald's imagination.' Ruth Scurr, TLS

'No letter is ever perfunctory or ill-phrased…each is written with the same rueful wit, rigorous artistry and undeviating moral sense as her books.' Francis King, Literary Review

‘ “So I Have Thought of You” is among the most illuminating, moving collections of letters that I have ever read. The writing glows with love and wit, intellectual passion, and, above all, the miracle of a writer-in-waiting, endlessly developing and refining the ideas which would eventually shape her fiction. It pulsates, too, with the uncertainty of living, the immediacy of everyday impressions, and insight into the imaginative mind, its hopes and desperations, which are the raw materials of her great novels.' Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times

‘Took her life and her writing seriously, as an opportunity to put across her view of the world.’ Iain Finlayson, The Times (Book of the Year)

‘Fitzgerald’s letters, full of gaiety and exuberance, have been assiduously rounded up by her son-in-law from cupboards and attics. The pleasure of other people’s mail is the trivia and Fitzgerald doesn’t disappoint in this department. This book is crammed with domestic detail and reflections on food and drink, taxes and laws, seasons and landscapes.’ Roger Lewis, Sunday Express

Praise for Penelope Fitzgerald:

‘Of all the novelists in English of the last quarter-century, Penelope Fitzgerald has the most unarguable claim on greatness.’ Philip Hensher

'Stylistically, intellectually and morally Fitzgerald couldn't put a foot wrong if she'd tried. Hers is an impeccable and unique voice not just from another century but another world.' Daily Telegraph

'An intelligent writer, superbly and unfailingly so. Wise and funny, with a dry wit allied to a great emotional sympathy.' Sunday Times

About the Author

Penelope Fitzgerald was one of the most distinctive voices in British literature. The prize-winning author of nine novels, three biographies and one collection of short stories, she died in 2000.


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
These letters, which are probably the last we'll hear from one of the most nuanced, least imitable voices of recent decades, are lit from start to finish by the intelligence, warmth and sense of life's (often comic) pathos which characterised everything Fitzgerald wrote. The collection is divided into two equally fascinating parts. The first, which comprises Fitzgerald's letters to her family and closest friends, is remarkable for the detailed portrait it manages to give, despite her habitual self-effacement and the large gaps in her correspondence. Here we see her as a loving and attentive mother, a generous friend, and - of particular interest, given that she didn't start publishing books until her late fifties - as a witty and charismatic young woman. In the second part, which covers Fitzgerald's writing life, we learn how brusquely she was treated, early in her career, by publishers and members of the literary establishment (and - a surprise to those of us who can't remember the days before a Booker win brought with it immediate fame and fortune - that she had to go on teaching for several years after receiving the prize); as well as a wealth of information about her unfinished biographies of L.P. Hartley and the Poetry Bookshop. The preface by A.S. Byatt and the introduction by Terence Dooley provide tantalising glimpses of Fitzgerald from the perspectives of those who knew her personally (Byatt was her colleague at Westminster Tutors, a college preparing students for the old Oxbridge entrance exams, long before either had established their literary reputations; Dooley was her son-in-law), as well as a few startling insights into her fiction - who knew, for example, that the name Annie Asra, in Human Voices, was an allusion to a poem by Heine? - which, along with the clues and intimations contained in the letters themselves, have sent me right back to the novels, with an even greater respect for the depth of her achievement.
2 Comments 21 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
That Fitzgerald is a little known genius still astonishes me. Her novels are one and all among the finest written in English. They are lyric, wise, and perfectly wrought, and if they are at times tragic, it is because they reflect the world as it is, and not as it ought to be. And their beauty makes up for their truth.

And now the letters. It's true that there aren't many--the ones between Fitzgerald and her husband, for example, went down when her houseboat sank (the adventure on which her book, Offshore is based). But what we have exemplify her at her best. Wry, tender, honest--sometimes curmudgeonly, other times hilarious--they show us the raw talent that percolated until the author was 60 years old.

Buy them, read them, and compare them to the best of the genre: The Collected Letters of Ted Hughes, Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, Thomas Merton, Virginia Woolf, and Katherine Mansfield--just to name a few.
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The publication of this book has been delayed for several years and having just read it, or most of it, I wonder whether these letters were worth publishing at all.A good third of the book consists of letters to her children and friends and they read like any letters from a well educated woman to her nearest and dearest. The remainder are letters to other people, mostly her publishers and these are somewhat more interesting. Nowhere though is there any illumination of her particular genius, she hides herself so well behind her public persona to render herself almost invisible. People wanting to know more about her as a writer should probably avoid this publication.
Comment 15 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Look for similar items by category


Feedback