Broyard, Anatole. Review of Splendid Lives. The New York Times Book Review, January 29, 1978, 12. Mixing mild blame with high praise, Broyard touches upon a key characteristic of Gilliatt’s short stories, namely, their breaking off, their “discontinuing in the middle of things.”
Casson, Hugh, and Lord Snowdon. “True to Her Words.” The Guardian, May 12, 1993, p. 11. Personal recollections of Gilliatt, just after her death, by two well-known men who knew her. Casson notes Gilliatt’s passion for words, while Lord Snowdon remembers her inquisitiveness and her humor.
Dinnage, Rosemary. “Stylish Sketches.” Review of Quotations from Other Lives, by Penelope Gilliatt. The New York Times Book Review, April 11, 1982, 6. Emphasizes Gilliatt’s style, suggesting that its “clipped brilliance” may not wear well, and discusses Gilliatt’s loving preoccupation with verbal oddities. Note is taken of the satisfaction to be derived from reading between Gilliatt’s clever lines, but the writer considers that the lines themselves should be more substantial.
Glendinning, Victoria. “Watch Your Language.” Review of To Wit and Lingo, by Penelope Gilliatt. The Times, February 17, 1990. This review by a well-known British writer maintains that Gilliatt’s picture of an...