Anita Brookner

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AB began publishing as an academic translator, art historian, and book reviewer in the 1960s and 70s, but became far better known for her novels. She was fifty when her first work of fiction appeared; after that they followed in astonishingly rapid succession to the number of twenty-four, passing equally rapidly into paperback. She was both popular and on the whole critically respected, yet she attracted from some reviewers a strain of virulently hostile comment.
Close-up portrait of Anita Brooker, seated with her hands under her chin, in front of bookshelves at her home in Chelsea, London, 18 September            1989.
"Anita Brookner" by Sophie Bassouls, 1989-09-18. Retrieved from https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/anita-brookner-recipient-of-the-1984-booker-prize-for-her-news-photo/852310816. This image is licensed under the GETTY IMAGES CONTENT LICENCE AGREEMENT.

Milestones

16 July 1928
AB was born in London, her parents' only child.
Some reference books, including the Feminist Companion, wrongly give her birth date as 1938.
Sadler, Lynn Veach. Anita Brookner. Twayne, 1990.
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1957
Four years after taking her PhD, AB compiled An Iconography of Cecil Rhodes; Rhodes House at Oxford has a copy from the typescript.
Solo: Search Oxford University Libraries Online.
6 September 1984
AB published a great popular hit which remains her best-known novel, Hotel du Lac; it is dedicated to Rosamond Lehmann .
Blackwell’s Online Bookshop.
10 March 2016
AB died in London at the age of eighty-seven.
McNay, Michael. “Anita Brookner obituary”. theguardian.com.

Biography

Birth and Family

16 July 1928
AB was born in London, her parents' only child.
Some reference books, including the Feminist Companion, wrongly give her birth date as 1938.
Sadler, Lynn Veach. Anita Brookner. Twayne, 1990.
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