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 610th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 3rd on Top 10 British, Irish or Commonwealth Novels from 1980 to 2005 (The Observer)
  2. - 73rd on The 100 Greatest British Novels (BBC)
  3. - National Book Critics Circle Award - Fiction (National Book Critics Circle)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
3 Novels : The Blue Flower, The Bookshop, Offshore [Boxed Set] Paperback 997505 $84.75 $15.63 1999
The Bookshop, The Gate of Angels, The Blue Flower (Everyman's Library) Hardcover 91622 $12.95 $5.19 2003
The Blue Flower Hardcover 3802885 $16.22 1995
The Bookshop / The Gate of Angels / The Blue Flower (Everyman's Library) Hardcover 1324210 $14.17 $10.90 2003
The Blue Flower: A Novel Paperback 265786 $6.99 $7.42 2014
The Blue Flower Audible Audio Edition 119644 $11.48 2016
The Blue Flower Hardcover 1819048 $45.00 $1.99
The Blue Flower Audio CD 10861666 $29.99
The Blue Flower Kindle Edition 139131 $9.36 1997
The Bookshop, The Gate of Angels, The Blue Flower (Everyman's Library) Hardcover 2513343 $14.24 $11.62 2003
The Blue Flower Paperback 2054114 $3.82 $0.49 1997
The Blue Flower Paperback 275795 $1.90 $0.01 1997
Three Novels: The Blue Flower; The Bookshop; Offshore Paperback 5098614 $205.73 $86.76 1999
The Blue Flower Paperback 4291009 $2.47 $0.01 2003