Penelope Fitzgerald | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Richard Holmes

This literature criticism consists of approximately 11 pages of analysis & critique of Penelope Fitzgerald.
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Critical Review by Richard Holmes

SOURCE: “Paradise in a Dream,” in New York Review of Books, Vol. 44, No. 12, July 17, 1997, p. 4.

In the following review, Holmes traces the course of Fitzgerald’s career that eventually led her to write The Blue Flower.

The sensibility of early German Romanticism seems infinitely distant to us now. The very name Novalis, the pseudonym of the poet Friedrich von Hardenberg (1772–1801), sounds like an astronomical explosion on the edge of some remote galaxy. The symbol of the Blue Flower, which he created in his unfinished novel Heinrich von Ofterdingen, was never successfully transplanted into the English-speaking world. As the epitome of German Romantic longing, it was naturalized most convincingly in a delphic entry in one of Coleridge’s Notebooks.

If a man could pass through Paradise in a Dream, & have a Flower presented to him as...

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