Standard Name: Brookner, Anita
Birth Name: Anita Brookner
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.
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|Friends, Associates||Edith Templeton|
|Friends, Associates||Rosamond Lehmann|
|Intertextuality and Influence||Edna O'Brien|
|Literary responses||Jane Gardam||
JG continued to attract prizes in her new genre. This work was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and in 1989 won the Baudelaire Prize in France.
JG 's father's response to her Booker short-listing...
British Council Film and Literature Department, in association with Book Trust. Contemporary Writers in the UK.
|Literary responses||Michèle Roberts|
|Literary responses||Maggie Gee|
|Literary responses||Germaine Greer||
Greer professed herself deeply anxious about the reviews.
The Penguin paperback edition, however, quoted on its cover Anita Brookner in the Observer calling this a brave book,Anthony Storr in the Independent describing it...
Wallace, Christine. Germaine Greer: Untamed Shrew. Richard Cohen Books, 1999.
|Literary responses||Muriel Spark||
Reviews in the USA were mostly bad, though Anita Brookner published there a detailed, admiring analysis.
Gabriel Josipovici , reviewing this novel in the Times Literary Supplement, called MSthe best English novelist...
Stannard, Martin. Muriel Spark. The Biography. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2009.
|Literary responses||Muriel Spark|
|Literary responses||Margaret Kennedy||
Brookner calls Troy Chimneys a disconcerting novel because of its occasionally puzzling arrangment and the oblique. . . manner in which it is told.
It won, nevertheless, the 1953 James Tait Black...
Brookner, Anita, and Margaret Kennedy. “Introduction”. Troy Chimneys, Virago, 1985, p. vii - x.
vii, ix, x
|Literary responses||Edith Templeton||
While some reviewers criticised this novel as superficial, the New York Times found in it a brisk but sympathetic discourse upon human folly and the blind fanaticism of people determined to preserve an outmoded way...
|Literary responses||Doris Lessing||
This novel was, however, highly and perceptively praised by Anita Brookner in a retrospective review reprinted in her Soundings, 1997. The Royal Swedish Academy in 2007 called it one of the handful of books...
|Literary responses||Edith Templeton|
|Literary responses||Penelope Lively||
This work was shortlisted for the Sunday Express book of the year award.
Anita Brookner (a devoted reader of PL , who values her ability to make the ordinary seem full of interest, and...
Lively, Penelope. A House Unlocked. Penguin, 2002.
|Literary responses||Shena Mackay|
Novelist Kate Mosse and a committee of literary professionals established the Orange Prize for Fiction (later the Baileys Prize, now the Women's Proze for Fiction), a literary prize to be solely awarded to and judged...