Anita Brookner


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Brookner, Anita,

1928–2016, English writer and art critic. After establishing an academic career at London's Courtauld Institute of Art and becoming the first woman appointed (1968) Slade Professor of Art at Cambridge, she began writing fiction in 1980, producing approximately one book a year of elegant, restrained prose. Her quiet, elegiac, and often bleak novels usually concern lonely, meek, and genteel middle-aged women (and occasionally men), unlucky in love and yearning for it, but largely unable to establish or maintain relationships with those around them. Brookner's works include Look at Me (1983), Hotel du Lac (1984; Booker Prize), Latecomers (1988), Fraud (1992), Undue Influence (1999), Strangers (2009), and her last work of fiction, the e-book novella At the Hairdressers (2011). Her nonfiction work Romanticism and Its Discontents (2000) is an analysis of French Romanticism.
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There is no discussion of some of the most fascinating post-1950 novelists: Wyndham Lewis, Graham Greene, Francis King, Anita Brookner, David Lodge, A.
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Before starting a career as a writer somewhat late in life, contemporary British novelist Anita Brookner was a world-renowned art critic, specialist of eighteenth-century French painting.
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In A Private View, her 14th novel, Anita Brookner takes the reader inside the head of George Bland, an aptly named Briton who has just retired and lost his best friend to cancer.
I read Anita Brookner with chagrin and fascination.
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