The Afterlife: Essays and Criticism

by Penelope Fitzgerald

Counterpoint | September 22, 2004 | Trade Paperback

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In this generous posthumous collection of her literary essays, Penelope Fitzgerald explores what John Milton called the ``life beyond life'' of writers-their afterlife in the hearts and minds of readers and in the imaginations of their critics and biographers. Here are a great novelist's brilliant introductions to Jane Austen's Emma and George Eliot's Middlemarch, and her quick-witted reviews of her fellow fiction writers (Brookner, Ishiguro, Amy Tan) and fellow biographers (Holroyd, Karl, Holmes). Here, especially, are extended explorations of ``minor'' writers-the authors of modest, over-looked, but fully achieved imaginative works. Rounded out by travel pieces, autobiography, and essays on the craft of fiction, The Afterlife is the most engaging book about books since Virginia Woolf's The Common Reader.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 9.5 × 6.13 × 1.13 in

Published: September 22, 2004

Publisher: Counterpoint

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1582433208

ISBN - 13: 9781582433202

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The Afterlife: Essays and Criticism

by Penelope Fitzgerald

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 9.5 × 6.13 × 1.13 in

Published: September 22, 2004

Publisher: Counterpoint

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1582433208

ISBN - 13: 9781582433202

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In this generous posthumous collection of her literary essays, Penelope Fitzgerald explores what John Milton called the ``life beyond life'' of writers-their afterlife in the hearts and minds of readers and in the imaginations of their critics and biographers. Here are a great novelist's brilliant introductions to Jane Austen's Emma and George Eliot's Middlemarch, and her quick-witted reviews of her fellow fiction writers (Brookner, Ishiguro, Amy Tan) and fellow biographers (Holroyd, Karl, Holmes). Here, especially, are extended explorations of ``minor'' writers-the authors of modest, over-looked, but fully achieved imaginative works. Rounded out by travel pieces, autobiography, and essays on the craft of fiction, The Afterlife is the most engaging book about books since Virginia Woolf's The Common Reader.

About the Author

In 1997 Penelope Fitzgerald's novel The Blue Flower was named one of the New York Times Book Review's eleven Best Books of the Year. Winner of the 1979 Booker Prize for Offshore, Fitzgerald was also short-listed for the Booker for The Bookshop. The Beginning of Spring, and The Gate of Angels. Penelope Fitzgerald lives in England.
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