Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Brookner Biography Announced

A brief post to let Brooknerians know the moment has arrived: a biography commissioned by Chatto & Windus, to be written by Hermione Lee. Hermione Lee interviewed Brookner on television in the 80s. Brookner joins illustrious company. Lee has lifed, among others, Virginia Woolf and Edith Wharton.

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  1. I certainly wish Dame Hermoine (or is Profressor Lee more appropriate?), all the best. I certainly got the strong impression from Anita Brookner's infrequent comments on the subject, that she wouldn't leave a biographer anything to work with if she had any say in the matter.

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    1. One is reminded of Henry James and those bonfires at Lamb House as he prepared to withstand the 'siege of all the years'.

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  2. Thank you so much for letting us know.

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  3. This is excellent news for Brooknerians. I can't wait to read it although I imagine that Brookner herself would have been horrified at the prospect of a biography.

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    1. No doubt she envied James, with his large private garden at Lamb House, ample space for those bonfires.

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  4. What fantastic news! I await this with much anticipation; thank you so much for letting us know.

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