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? A literary sensation and a bestseller in England and the United States, The Blue Flower was one of eleven books and the only paperback chosen as an Editor's Choice by the New York Times Book Review.
The 509th greatest fiction book of all time
This book is on the following lists:
- - 3rd on Top 10 British, Irish or Commonwealth Novels from 1980 to 2005 (The Observer)
- - 73rd on The 100 Greatest British Novels (BBC)
- - National Book Critics Circle Award - Fiction (National Book Critics Circle)