Anita Brookner, British novelist, Died at 87


Anita Brookner was born on July 16, 1928, and died on March 10, 2016.

She was a British award-winning novelist and art historian.

Anita was Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Cambridge from 1967 to 1968 and was the first woman to hold this visiting professorship.

Anita Brookner was awarded the 1984 Man Booker Prize for her novel Hotel du Lac.

Brookner was the first woman to hold the Slade Professorship of Fine Art at Cambridge University, in 1967.

She received a promotion to Reader at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 1977, where she worked until her retirement in 1988.

She published her first novel, A Start In Life in 1981, at the age of 53.

Following her first publication, she published a novel approximately every year.

Anita Brookner was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), in 1990.

Anita Brookner was a Fellow of King’s College London and of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge

She was highly regarded as a stylish woman.

Anita Brookner novels explore themes of emotional loss and difficulties associated with fitting into society, and typically depict intellectual, middle-class women, who suffer isolation and disappointments in love.

In her books, many of Brookner’s characters are the children of European immigrants to Britain; a number appear to be of Jewish descent.

Hotel du Lac (1984), her fourth book, was awarded the Booker Prize.

Anita Brookner passed away at 87 yrs old.