Sunday, April 30, 2006

Neglected Gems ... Elizabeth TAYLOR

ELIZABETH TAYLOR (no, not the movie actress, the literary novelist) is known for her precise use of language and an understated, elegant prose style which she uses to great effect in her many portrayals of middle- and upper-middle-class English life in the mid-20th century.

TAYLOR Elizabeth [1912-1975] Novelist, short-story writer. Born Elizabeth Coles in Reading, Berkshire, England. Novels Blaming (1976); Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont (1971: shortlisted for the 1971 Booker Prize for Fiction); The Wedding Group (1968); The Soul of Kindness (1964); In a Summer Season (1961); Angel (1957); The Sleeping Beauty (1953); A Game of Hide-and-Seek (1951); A Wreath of Roses (1949); A View of the Harbour (1947); Palladian (1946); At Mrs Lippincote’s (1945) Stories The Devastating Boys (1972); A Dedicated Man and Other Stories (1965); The Blush and Other Stories (1958); Hester Lily and Other Stories (1954) Children’s Mossy Trotter (1967)

Novels Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont (with an introduction by Paul Bailey) (1971); Angel (with an introduction by Hilary Mantel) (1957)


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