Anita Brookner 1938–
English novelist and critic.
Brookner's three novels are considered sensitive, well-crafted stories about what Robert Taubman calls "the subjugation and defeat of an intelligent heroine." Brookner's first novel, A Start in Life (1981), tells of a middle-aged academic's unsuccessful attempt to free herself from her clinging parents. Providence (1982) is the story of a scholar of Romanticism who finds her life dull and disappointing but is unable to change. Look at Me (1983) generated the most substantial critical response. This story of a timid medical librarian who fails at love and withdraws into her writing as a substitute for living was generally praised as a thoughtful study of alienation.