Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life with Hermione Lee

Date: 18/05/2014 Times: 2pm Prices: £6 (Or £20 for day ticket) Location: The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral

Explore the life of Penelope Fitzgerald with her biographer Hermione Lee. Part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

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Get ready to be inspired with the first event of our day-long literary festival on the lives of great women writers, beginning with a novelist who would never have described herself in such grand terms, Penelope Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald’s life is as various and as cryptic as her sparkling fiction. Loved and admired, and increasingly recognised as one of the outstanding novelists of our time, she was first published at sixty and became famous at eighty. Her novels such as Offshore and The Blue Flower have been rightfully acclaimed as works of genius.

Hermione Lee has written many of the seminal biographies of our generation. Writer of the internationally acclaimed Virginia Woolf, she will delight in conversation as she discusses the life and work of Fitzgerald; a story of lateness, patience and persistence – a private form of heroism.

This event is part of The Lives of Great Women Writers, a day long literary festival

Book your ticket now, or purchase a ticket for the entire day for only £20.

About Hermione Lee

Hermione Lee is a biographer, critic, and teacher of literature. Her previous books include the internationally acclaimed biography, Virginia Woolf (‘One of the most impressive biographies of the decade: moving, eloquent, powerful’ Financial Times) and Edith Wharton, as well as books on Elizabeth Bowen, Willa Carther and Philip Roth. Her collection of essays on life-writing, Body Parts, was published in 2005, and her Biography: A Very Short Introduction in 2009. She is the President of Wolfson College Oxford. In 2013 she was made a Dame for services to Literary Scholarship. 

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