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  The Austin Chronicle Books: Penelope Lively's Unfortunate Englishness
Earlier that day, Lively had her hands all over her Egyptian origins when she was led through the area in the HRC building that is off-limits to scholars and visitors and shuffled through the sturdy boxes that house her writing notebooks, correspondence, and manuscripts.
Lively didn't start publishing until she was well into her 30s, but when she was 7, she penned her first written work, "a solemn little piece," she confessed, as she fingered a small, brittle notebook.
Lively, who is on the board of the British Library, was clearly disappointed, though she had said earlier that she is "never happier than when in an archive." John Kirkpatrick, who is the HRC's senior curator of British manuscripts, offered to give her a tour through the archives.
www.austinchronicle.com /gyrobase/Issue/story?oid=oid:84990   (677 words)

  
 Penelope Lively
Penelope Lively describes aspects of her childhood, discusses the philosophy behind these 'frozen moments' as she calls the incidents she recollects and gives a thorough portrayal of Egypt in the nineteen thirties and forties.
Lively made me laugh out loud when she describes the 'fl hole' in the middle of Lucy's chest and the 'seaweed growing out of the odd arrangement at the base of her fathers torso'.
Lively believes that her mother thought that the task of caring for her was 'unthinkable'.
www.litnotes.co.uk /lively.htm   (1492 words)

  
 Amazon.ca: Making It Up: Books: Penelope Lively   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Lively achieves "the authenticity of fiction" in their credibility, but she lived none of these alternative lives.
*Starred Review* History was Lively's field of study, and the interleaving of the past and the present and the distortions of memory and documentation are her great and abiding themes, both in her wide-view autobiographical works and in her exhilarating and insightful fiction.
Lively imagines a nanny forced to flee 1940s Egypt as the Germans advance, a student on an archaeological dig, and a British soldier in the Korean War.
www.amazon.ca /Making-Up-Penelope-Lively/dp/0670034479   (449 words)

  
 Penelope Lively - Penguin UK Authors - Penguin UK
She was married to the late Professor Jack Lively, has a daughter, a son and four grandchildren, and lives in Oxfordshire and London.
Penelope Lively is the author of many prize-winning novels and short story collections for both adults and children.
Penelope Lively has also written radio and television scripts and has acted as presenter for a BBC Radio 4 programme on children's literature.
www.penguin.co.uk /nf/Author/AuthorPage/0,,0_1000019934,00.html   (1642 words)

  
 Penelope Lively Papers
This collection of Penelope Lively manuscripts represents nearly all of her works, as well as correspondence with agents, publishers, and her readers.
Lively's correspondence is grouped into categories according to her original descriptions and then arranged by date.
Lively's outgoing correspondence, in the form of unsigned carbon copies, are scattered throughout, especially in the Pollinger files.
www.hrc.utexas.edu /research/fa/lively.html   (288 words)

  
 The Observer | Review | Observer review: A House Unlocked by Penelope Lively
Instead, Lively uses the rug and the fondness for the great outdoors which it signifies to discuss the effect on rural tourism occasioned by the late Victorian expansion of the railways; with a lengthy aside on how Romantic poetry shaped our view of the countryside.
So too are the lives of the refugees who found their way to Somerset: a young German boy who managed to flee to England, despite having been rounded up by storm troopers during Kristallnacht and a colourful family of Russian émigrés.
Lively notes that Rachel's spinsterhood - even the term spinster has an antique, sad resonance - would have been seen as an affliction early in the twentieth century; by the time of her death in 1995 the fact that she had never married was seen as almost heroic.
observer.guardian.co.uk /review/story/0,,542511,00.html   (994 words)

  
 Fathom :: The Source for Online Learning
Penelope Lively is the author of many prizewinning novels and short-story collections, including The Road to Lichfield, According to Mark, Passing On and Oleander, Jacaranda.
Phillips: Penelope is absolutely right when she says there's a certain unconventional streak in all writers, where they're not going to toe the line, they're not going to conform.
Lively: Could we swing back for a moment to something that we've left, which I was just getting to find very interesting, and that was this difference in what you can do and what you can say, whether you're writing fiction or you're writing nonfiction.
www.fathom.com /feature/122056   (3676 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Spiderweb: Books: Penelope Lively   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Penelope Lively's "Spiderweb" may not be the author's finest hour, but it is a lovely moment in a career that includes a Booker Prize, for "Moon Tiger," in 1987, and a host of other finely crafted novels.
Lively's premise seems to be that there are two types of people in the world, those who crave human contact, and those who don't.
Lively has a wonderful eye for detail and is obviously in control of her prose style, and her cross-cutting of different timelines as Stella reviews her past was in the end very effective.
www.amazon.com /Spiderweb-Penelope-Lively/dp/0060929723   (2550 words)

  
 Amazon.fr : Spiderweb: Livres en anglais: Penelope Lively   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
While Lively's novels always reflect the ironies that life delivers to people looking elsewhere at the time, their insights generally occur in subtle, satisfying observations about society and human nature.
Two people with whom she reestablishes contact?the widowed husband of her best friend at Oxford and a former colleague, a female archeologist?awaken memories of Stella's youth, of her one great love, another man who wanted to marry her and the demands of a peripatetic life that prevented her from establishing bonds or maintaining commitment.
Lively wisely avoids melodrama in the denouement, choosing instead to suggest Stella's poignant realization that her detachment, independence and self-sufficiency will determine her future as well as her past.
www.amazon.fr /Spiderweb-Penelope-Lively/dp/0060929723   (723 words)

  
 Penelope Lively
Penelope Lively contributes regularly to a number of national daily newspapers and literary and educational journals including the Sunday Times, The Observer and the Times Educational Supplement.
As such diverse publications suggest, Lively’s work appeals to both a youthful, popular audience keen to find escape within a good yarn and to an academic audience interested in her experimental narrative techniques and her creation of what postmodern scholars sometimes refer to as ‘historiographical metafiction’.
Lively is especially concerned with the relationship between the past and memory, a concern that can be traced back to her years as an undergraduate when she read modern history.
www.contemporarywriters.com /authors/?p=auth61   (1581 words)

  
 Penelope Lively--Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Penelope Lively was born in Cairo, Egypt, March 17, 1933.
She was sent to England at age 12 to attend school and graduated from St. Anne's College in 1956.
Lively began writing children's books first, for which her fascination with English History was the foundation.
www.postcolonialweb.org /uk/lively/livelybio.html   (253 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Moon Tiger: Books: Penelope Lively   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
But "most lives have their core, their kernel, the vital centre"; Claudia's is the brief, tragic encounter she had in Egypt during the war with Tom Southern, a British tank officer on leave from battle.
Lively proves equally fine in describing a trip behind British front lines in the North African desert, and a walk in the woods by a mother and her young child.
Lively's Claudia is a stubborn woman whose account of things, people, and relationships are rooted in her own view of the world.
www.amazon.com /Moon-Tiger-Penelope-Lively/dp/0802135331   (1814 words)

  
 Amazon.fr : The Photograph: Livres en anglais: Penelope Lively   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Lively, who is never shy of letting us know her opinion of her characters (like Trollope), makes her disapprobation of Nick plain.
Lively is always a discerning, keenly intelligent writer.
But Lively doesn't stop there, and her characters' questions about the dead woman provoke questions about themselves and the roles they played in her life.
www.amazon.fr /Photograph-Penelope-Lively/dp/0142004421   (616 words)

  
 Freeze Frame (washingtonpost.com)
In The Photograph, Penelope Lively's new literary ghost story, we have a modern version of the dangerous deceased, but the posthumous mischief she perpetrates is of a very different sort from Mary's.
Kath most definitely is not a disruptive force in their lives -- until the appearance of the photograph of the novel's title.
If there is in The Photograph, as in several of Lively's recent novels, a slight hint of brisk professionalism -- the sense of an extraordinarily skilled writer merely playing out a clever idea -- it may be evident only to those of us who have been reading her faithfully for years.
home.att.net /~gkrist/lively.htm   (814 words)

  
 City of the Mind: A Novel - Penelope Lively   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
I'm sure the next Lively novel on the list will reconnect me with the talented writer that she is. Just FYI, my favorite Lively novel so far is The Photograph.
Penelope Lively has written a travelogue through the streets of London.
They are trying to move on with their lives as difficult as it seems.
www.bookswap.ws /Content/findonamazonus-Asin-0060922168.html   (548 words)

  
 The Photograph - Penelope Lively   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Comment: This is a novel about characters well along in, and even winding down their lives, who are confronted by the thought that one of their most intimate relationships was not precisely what they imagined it was.
The thought that she might have a deeper, interior life never occurred to any of them, and when she exited their lives permanently, they had no means of understanding it.
Penelope Lively is one of those writers who never disappoints.
www.bookswap.ws /Content/findonamazonus-Asin-0142004421.html   (659 words)

  
 Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller and The Photograph by Penelope Lively - reviews, links and opinions, book club reading ...
I really don't want to say anything more than that about the plot, because the re-imagining of Kath and the slow unfolding, not so much of her infidelity but the reasons behind that simple act of betrayal and Kath's ultimate fate are the point of the novel.
Yet to her credit, Lively seems to be growing increasingly ill at ease.
Lively pits the outrage of dying young against the anguish of growing old.
www.book-club.co.nz /books04/7photograph.htm   (726 words)

  
 Penelope Lively - David Higham Associates   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Penelope Lively is a novelist, short story writer and author of children's books.
Penelope Lively is a former Chairman of the Society of Authors and has been a member of the Boards of the British Library and the British Council.
In this highly original work, Penelope Lively examines alternative destinies, choices and the moments in our lives when we could have chosen a different path...
www.davidhigham.co.uk /html/Clients/Penelope_Lively   (326 words)

  
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Considers the use of the ghost as a literary device to allow the exploration of "what is," "what has been," and "what might have been," particularly in The Ghost of Thomas Kempe.
342-48.) Analyzes Lively's juxtaposition of time present and time past, traces her development as a writer, and describes her as one of the most interesting authors of children's books to have emerged in the 1970s.
A1600 SMITH, LOUISA A. "Layers of Language in Lively's The Ghost of Thomas Kempe." ChLAQ 10 (Fall 1985):114-16.
www.unm.edu /~lhendr/author/author5.15.html   (357 words)

  
 MoorishGirl: Penelope Lively's "kind of alternative memoir"
The novel is a "what if" memoir in which Lively's alter-ego imagines what her life might have been if she'd made different decisions, or if war and life had gone differently, in her younger years.
It's told from the points of view of her what-if selves, as well as several characters who were influences on Lively's young life: a favorite nanny, for example.
Just as her earliest fictions, as an isolated and bored child growing up in Egypt in the early 1940s, were fables about herself drawn from Greek mythology, so at the other end of life, the mythology that intrigues her is of imagined alternatives.
www.moorishgirl.com /archives/003177.html   (343 words)

  
 The Photograph by Penelope Lively | PopMatters Book Review
This desire to know and to accept that knowing is the only possible way forward is the theme tackled by Penelope Lively in her latest novel, The Photograph.
Lively builds up this web of relations by introducing one character at a time and weaving his/her story with that of another character, before moving on to somebody else, and another thread of the web.
Myths were easy to perpetuate because she was dead and only lived on in the memories of those who knew her.
www.popmatters.com /books/reviews/p/photograph.shtml   (1048 words)

  
 Amazon.de: The Photograph.: English Books: Penelope Lively   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
*Starred Review* In Booker Prize winner Lively's stunning novels, the past and present form a yin-yang-like balance, and her keen and agitated characters fall into two camps.
One, comprising dogged professionals, is obsessed with imposing order on life, and is driven mad by the other, which consists of more sensitive and improvisatory souls, such as Kath, the dead woman at the center of this elegant yet electrifying tale.
As lovely but lonely Kath comes into ever sharper focus through the lens of each character's increasingly stressed consciousness, Lively offers provocative musings on work, obsession, the burden of beauty, alienation of affections, and the endless longing for love.
www.amazon.de /Photograph-Penelope-Lively/dp/0141011947   (597 words)

  
 Amazon.co.uk: The Ghost of Thomas Kempe: Books: Penelope Lively   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
I think this is so because James thinks about what it was like to be a young boy, Arnold, who lived in the 19th century.
It made me think about what it would be like to live when my mum was small, and when my gran was small.
Penelope Lively is a Booker Prize winner and her earlier work, books for children, show the promise to come.
www.amazon.co.uk /Ghost-Thomas-Kempe-Penelope-Lively/dp/1405225424   (1442 words)

  
 Penelope Lively visits CLSG
On 24th June we had the privilege of a visit from Penelope Lively OBE, celebrated author and winner of the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Award and the Booker Prize.
For example, she likes her characters to have very definite occupations: “I need to know what life would be like as a paleontologist or a landscape gardener.” She believes that authors who do not take the trouble to undertake research are unlikely to be successful.
She told us that there were advantages and disadvantages in the books’ success: they draw attention to children’s books in general, which is a good thing, but they may also overshadow other works which are just as deserving.
www.clsg.org.uk /lively.htm   (647 words)

  
 Bookreporter.com - MAKING IT UP by Penelope Lively
In her new book, Penelope Lively examines some of the choices that molded her own life and wonders what would have happened had these choices gone another way.
Spanning the years from Word War II to the 1970s, the period of Lively's youth and young adulthood, MAKING IT UP emphasizes the precarious nature of those years, personally and culturally, and how choices made casually colored everything that followed them.
MAKING IT UP is a good companion to Lively's earlier book, THE PHOTOGRAPH, in which a collection of objects in an English country house illustrate early and mid-twentieth century British culture through the stories of how these objects came to reside there.
www.bookreporter.com /reviews2/0670034479.asp   (512 words)

  
 ReadingGroupGuides.com - The Photograph by Penelope Lively
Penelope Lively has also written radio and television scripts and has acted as presenter for a BBC Radio 4 program on children's literature.
After all, we are all of us driven by work—it occupies our days and directs our lives.
I have written of historians more than once, an archaeologist, a paleontologist, an anthropologist—as well as an editor, the proprietor of a plant nursery, a librarian, a schoolteacher, and various others—all of which has involved fascinating and enlightening inquiry into how other people's lives are run.
www.readinggroupguides.com /guides3/photograph2.asp   (1460 words)

  
 From According to Mark, by Penelope Lively (Perennial, 1984)
From According to Mark, by Penelope Lively (Perennial, 1984)
Thus, he was building up two separate sources of information—Strong’s life as it was lived, year by year, and Strong’s life according to various subjects.
That, of course, is the nature of its complexity and the reason why those brave enough to embark upon analyses thereof are obliged to chop it up into more manageable segments.
www.westga.edu /~jhill/lively.htm   (795 words)

  
 Penelope Lively Interview with Don Swaim   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
In this 1988 interview with Don Swaim, Penelope Lively talks about her novel, Moon Tiger.
Lively discusses growing up in Cairo, Egypt and then moving to England where she graduated from Oxford and met her husband.
Penelope Lively received the Carnegie Medal for her children's book, The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, in 1973.
wiredforbooks.org /penelopelively   (147 words)

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