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Anita Brookner (1928–2016)

Autor(a) de Hotel du Lac

36+ Works 11,385 Membros 289 Reviews 52 Favorited

About the Author

Anita Brookner was born in London, England on July 16, 1928. She received a BA in history from King's College London in 1949 and a doctorate in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 1953. She went on to lecture in art at Reading University and the Courtauld Institute, where she mostrar mais specialized in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French art. She became the first woman to be named as Slade Professor of Art at Cambridge University in 1967. Her first novel, A Start in Life, was published in 1981. Some of her other works include The Bay of Angels, The Next Big Thing, The Rules of Engagement, Latecomers, Leaving Home, Incidents in the Rue Laugier, Look at Me, and Strangers. Hotel du Lac won the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1984 and was adapted for television in 1986. She has also written scholarly works about Jacques Louis David, Jean Baptiste Greuze, and Jean-Antoine Watteau. She died on March 10, 2016 at the age of 87. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Anita Brookner

Hotel du Lac (1984) 2,754 cópias
Look at Me (1981) 618 cópias
A Start in Life (1981) 556 cópias
Family and Friends (1985) 488 cópias
A Misalliance (1986) 443 cópias
Latecomers (1988) 435 cópias
A Friend from England (1987) 397 cópias
Brief Lives (1990) 385 cópias
Providence (1982) 363 cópias
Fraud (1992) 360 cópias
Undue Influence (1999) 340 cópias
Altered States (1996) 330 cópias
The Bay of Angels (2001) 330 cópias
A Closed Eye (1991) 323 cópias
Incidents in the Rue Laugier (1995) 321 cópias
Visitors: A Novel (1997) 319 cópias
The Rules of Engagement (2003) 315 cópias
A Family Romance (1993) 306 cópias
The Next Big Thing (2002) 297 cópias
Leaving Home (2005) 296 cópias
Lewis Percy (1989) 295 cópias
Falling Slowly (1998) 292 cópias
Strangers (2009) 269 cópias
A Private View (1994) 256 cópias
Soundings (1997) 49 cópias
Watteau (1900) 42 cópias
Jacques-Louis David (1980) 31 cópias
At the Hairdresser's (2011) 24 cópias
The Stories of Edith Wharton (volume 1) (1988) — Editor — 21 cópias
The Stories of Edith Wharton (volume 2) (1989) — Editor — 21 cópias
Desconhecidos 1 exemplar(es)
Leaving Home r- pb) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The House of Mirth (1905) — Introdução, algumas edições9,639 cópias
The Reef (1912) — Introdução, algumas edições812 cópias
The Constant Nymph (1924) — Introdução, algumas edições384 cópias
Eustace and Hilda: A Trilogy (1958) — Introdução, algumas edições; algumas edições291 cópias
Troy Chimneys (1952) — Introdução, algumas edições210 cópias
The Stories of Edith Wharton (1982) — Introdução, algumas edições69 cópias
The Collected Stories of Edith Wharton (1998) — Introdução, algumas edições64 cópias
Granta 13: After the Revolution (1984) — Contribuinte — 54 cópias
The Letters of Gustave Flaubert: 1830-1880 (2001) — Prefácio, algumas edições15 cópias
Hotel du Lac [1986 film] (2003) — Original novel — 15 cópias
Gauguin — Tradutor, algumas edições1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Brookner, Anita
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Herne Hill, London, England, UK
Local de falecimento
London, England, UK
Locais de residência
London, England, UK
Paris, France
James Allen's Girls School, UK
King's College, London
Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
art historian
university professor
Courtauld Institute of Art
University of London
University of Cambridge
Reading University
Order of the British Empire (Commander, 1990)
University of London (Fellow, King's College)
A. M. Heath & Co
Pequena biografia
Anita Brookner was born in south London in 1928, the daughter of a Polish immigrant family. She trained as an art historian, and worked at the Courtauld Institute of Art until her retirement in 1988. She published her first novel, A Start in Life, in 1981 and her twenty-fourth, Strangers, in 2009. Hotel du Lac won the 1984 Booker Prize. As well as fiction, Anita Brookner has published a number of volumes of art criticism.



Anita Brookner em Virago Modern Classics (Agosto 2013)


excellent characterisation and psychological insight. casual cruelty, bullying, spinsterhood, wintery london...I loved it and found it so compelling.
boredgames | outras 15 resenhas | Jan 8, 2024 |
One of Brookner's earliest novels, new to me, thanks to PaulC for mentioning. Very different tone to her more well known Hotel du Lac, but already a finely crafted novel.

Working in a medical library, Frances Hinton, a budding writer gets caught up in the world of an older couple. When another colleague joins their coterie the balance shifts, and Frances explores the situation by casting them as characters in an imagined novel.

I especially liked the final quarter of the book which I read in one sitting.

I'm trying to remember which book I read in the last couple of years that had clearly been inspired by this book.
… (mais)
Caroline_McElwee | outras 15 resenhas | Dec 23, 2023 |
2023 note:

Reread as the novel was mentioned in Daniel Schreiber's [Alone: Reflections on Solitary Living]. Probably third read. The characters are so spot on and of their era, though I can't imagine them being exactly the same now. Life has changed so much in the past 38 years. Edith would now be in her late 70s too.

An easy read but deft writing. Brookner doesn't drop a stitch. None of her characters are straightforwardly likeable, but each is a perfect hue in the painting. If it were a crime novel it would not quite, but almost be a locked room crime.… (mais)
Caroline_McElwee | outras 97 resenhas | Dec 15, 2023 |
This is an altogether fabulous book and I am shocked this was the first I'd heard of Anita Brookner! She has a way with description that makes your heart sing, and she described her characters so well- with a well-placed word or two- that you can see them and hear them. And laugh! This is a funny book, with many truths in evidence. Read it.
Dabble58 | outras 97 resenhas | Nov 11, 2023 |



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