The Blue Flower

By Penelope Fitzgerald


In eighteenth-century Germany, the impetuous student of philosophy who will later gain fame as the Romantic poet Novalis seeks his father's permission to wed his true philosophy -- a plain, simple child named Sophie. The attachment shocks his family and friends. This brilliant young man, betrothed to a twelve-year-old dullard! How can it be?

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Author Biography

Fitzgerald was was a Booker Prize-winning English novelist, poet, essayist and biographer. She was included in The Times's list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945", and In 2012, The Observer named her final novel, The Blue Flower, as one of "The 10 best historical novels".