|Dolores Del Rio in Journey Into Fear (1938)|
|George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans) author of Middlemarch.|
In other news a very well received biography of novelist Penelope Fitzgerald by Hermione Lee is out that caught my attention as Ms. Fitzgerald lived a very unusual life. Here is the recent New York Times book review. I've never read anything by Fitzgerald but have acquired a taste for these older 20th Century British Commonwealth female authors such as Hilary Mantel, Beryl Bainbridge, and Shirley Hazzard and the historian Margaret MacMillan (great-granddaughter of David Lloyd George). My favorite living author, Julian Barnes, is a big fan of Ms. Fitzgerald so I'll eventually get around to reading her and hopefully this biography too.
*Interesting tidbit about Ms. Fitzgerald: she didn't write her first book until nearly age 60 and Julian Barnes thinks the 4 books she wrote after winning the Booker are even better. As you may recall, Julian Barnes (among many others) also calls Middlemarch the greatest novel in the English language.
|The Den will be keeping a Greyfriars Bobby vigil while our dear co-conspirator, the charming Bebe,|
is on holiday in gay Paris. Do drop us a line when time permits and safe travels!