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Penelope Fitzgerald (Lincoln, 17 december 1916 - Londen, 28 april 2000), was een Engels schrijfster. In 2008 werd ze door The Times uitgeroepen tot een van de beste 50 Britse auteurs sinds 1945. Haar boek Offshore (1979) won de Booker Prize en haar boek The Blue Flower werd in 2012 door The Observer in de top tien beste historische romans geplaatst en won de National Book Critics Circle Award.

Fitzgerald werd geboren als dochter van E. V. Knox en Christina Hicks, dochter van een bisschop. Ze was een nichtje van Alfred Dillwyn Knox. Ze studeerde af in 1938 van Somerville College van de Universiteit van Oxford. Tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog werkte ze voor de BBC. In 1942 trouwde ze met Desmond Fitzgerald. Ze werd later lerares, onder andere van Camilla Parker Bowles, Anna Wintour en Helena Bonham Carter.



  • Edward Burne-Jones (1975)
  • The Knox Brothers (1977)
  • Charlotte Mew and Her Friends: With a Selection of Her Poems (1984)


  • The Golden Child (1977)
  • The Bookshop (1978)
  • Offshore (1979)
  • Human Voices (1980)
  • At Freddie's (1982)
  • Innocence (1986)
  • The Beginning of Spring (1988)
  • The Gate of Angels (1990)
  • The Blue Flower (1995, UK, 1997, US)


  • The Means of Escape (2000/2001)
  • A House of Air edited by Terence Dooley, with an introduction by Hermione Lee (2005)
  • So I Have Thought of You. The Letters of Penelope Fitzgerald (door Terence Dooley, met een introducie door A.S. Byatt) (2008)
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