The Victory Of Penelope Fitzgerald

Alan Hollinghurst reviews Hermione Lee‘s new life of Penelope Fitzgerald: ‘She published her first book, a biography of the artist Edward Burne-Jones, when she was fifty-eight; her first novel appeared when she was sixty. She was, as she said, “an old writer who had never been a young one.”…She made her debut at the age when others are going off or giving up, and after diffident beginnings rapidly emerged as an utterly distinctive talent, with no obvious debts to anybody.’

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