Fitzgerald, Penelope

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Fitzgerald, Penelope Gender: F
Penelope Mary Knox
born on 17 December 1916 at 15:00 (= 3:00 PM )
Place Lincoln, England, 53n14, 0w33
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Rectified from approx. time
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 25°23' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 23°55 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 15°35'

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English novelist, poet, essayist and biographer, who won the Booker Prize for 1979 with Offshore, a novel that takes place among residents of houseboats in Battersea in 1961. In 2008, The Times included her in a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". In 2012, The Observer named her final novel, The Blue Flower, as one of "the ten best historical novels".

In 1942 she married Desmond Fitzgerald, whom she had met in 1940 while they were both at Oxford. They had three children, a son, Valpy, and two daughters, Tina and Maria.

The couple lived for eleven years in a council flat—public housing. In order to provide for her family, during the 1960s she taught at the Italia Conti Academy, a drama school, and at Queen's Gate School, where her pupils included Camilla Shand (later Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.) She also taught at a posh cram school, where her pupils included Anna Wintour, Edward St Aubyn, and Helena Bonham Carter (in fact, she continued to teach until she was seventy years old).

She died on 28 April 2000, aged 83, in London, England.

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  • (has as) student relationship with Wintour, Anna (born 3 November 1949)


  • Relationship : Marriage 15 August 1942 (Desmond Fitzgerald)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 30 January 1947 (Birth of son, Edmund Valpy)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 26 January 1950 (Birth of daughter, Christina/Tina)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1953 (Birth of daughter, Maria)
  • Death of Mate 1976 (Desmond Fitzgerald)
  • Work : Prize 1979 (Booker Prize)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life by Hermione Lee (Random House, 2014), p. 1: "[At] Lincoln . . . He was too ill to see Christina when her baby, Penelope Mary Knox, was born, without much fuss, on the Sunday afternoon of 17 December 1916." A time of 3pm is speculative.


  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three)
  • Vocation : Writers : Biographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Novels, short stories)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Booker Prize)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession