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Elizabeth Taylor (1) (1912–1975)

Autor(a) de Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

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Obras de Elizabeth Taylor

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (1971) 1,245 cópias
Angel (1957) 876 cópias
A View of the Harbour (1947) 581 cópias
A Game of Hide and Seek (1951) 576 cópias
In a Summer Season (1961) 493 cópias
Blaming (1976) 412 cópias
At Mrs Lippincote's (1945) — Autor — 397 cópias
The Soul of Kindness (1964) 390 cópias
A Wreath of Roses (1949) 289 cópias
Palladian (1946) 285 cópias
The Wedding Group (1968) 260 cópias
The Sleeping Beauty (1953) 256 cópias
The Devastating Boys (1972) 177 cópias
The Blush (1958) 158 cópias
Complete Short Stories (2012) 128 cópias
Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont [2005 film] (2010) — Original book — 41 cópias
Dangerous Calm (1995) 34 cópias
Mossy Trotter (1967) 22 cópias
Angel [2007 film] (2007) — Original novel — 15 cópias
Penguin Modern Stories 6 (1970) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
A Red-Letter Day 2 cópias
Poor Girl (1955) 1 exemplar(es)
Sisters 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Short Story Masterpieces (1954) — Contribuinte — 682 cópias
The 40s: The Story of a Decade (2014) — Contribuinte — 277 cópias
The Oxford Book of English Short Stories (1998) — Contribuinte — 196 cópias
Black Water 2: More Tales of the Fantastic (1990) — Contribuinte — 152 cópias
The Other persuasion: short fiction about gay men and women (1977) — Contribuinte — 121 cópias
The Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1990) — Contribuinte — 100 cópias
Stories from The New Yorker, 1950 to 1960 (1958) — Contribuinte — 80 cópias
The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1996) — Contribuinte — 70 cópias
The Third Ghost Book (1955) — Contribuinte — 57 cópias
Infinite Riches (1993) — Contribuinte — 54 cópias
The Norton Book Of Ghost Stories (1994) — Contribuinte — 50 cópias
The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women (1995) — Contribuinte — 34 cópias
A Different Sound: Stories by Mid-Century Women Writers (2023) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias
Women Writing: An Anthology (1979) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias
Modern Short Stories 2: 1940-1980 (1982) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 11, July 1975 — Contribuinte — 2 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Outros nomes
Coles, Elizabeth (born)
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
País (para mapa)
Local de nascimento
Reading, Berkshire, England, UK
Local de falecimento
Penn, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Locais de residência
Reading, Berkshire, England, UK
Penn, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
The Abbey School, Reading
Leopold Hall
Kingham, Joanna (daughter)
Howard, Elizabeth Jane (friend)
Compton-Burnett, Ivy (friend)
Pequena biografia
Elizabeth Taylor, née Coles, was born in Reading, Berkshire, the daughter of Oliver Coles, an insurance inspector, and his wife, Elsie May Fewtrell. She was educated at The Abbey School, Reading and after graduation worked as a governess, tutor, and librarian. In 1936, she married John Taylor, the owner of a confectionery company. She was briefly a member of the British Communist Party, then a lifelong supporter of Labour. Her debut novel, At Mrs. Lippincote's, was published in 1945 and was followed by 11 more. She also wrote short stories that were published in magazines and collected in four volumes, and a children's book.



Group Read, July 2021: Blaming em 1001 Books to read before you die (Julho 2021)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: General Discussion em Virago Modern Classics (Janeiro 2013)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: Blaming em Virago Modern Classics (Dezembro 2012)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont em Virago Modern Classics (Dezembro 2012)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: At Mrs. Lippincote's em Virago Modern Classics (Dezembro 2012)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: The Soul of Kindness em Virago Modern Classics (Outubro 2012)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: In a Summer Season em Virago Modern Classics (Outubro 2012)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: The Wedding Group em Virago Modern Classics (Outubro 2012)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: A Game of Hide and Seek em Virago Modern Classics (Agosto 2012)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: Angel em Virago Modern Classics (Agosto 2012)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: The Sleeping Beauty em Virago Modern Classics (Junho 2012)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: A Wreath of Roses em Virago Modern Classics (Maio 2012)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: A View of the Harbour em Virago Modern Classics (Abril 2012)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: Palladian em Virago Modern Classics (Março 2012)
Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont em Orange January/July (Setembro 2011)


A bleakly humorous novel about conformity and displacement, set during the last year of WW2. The Davenants spend a year living in a rented house—the Mrs Lippincote's of the title—and through Elizabeth Taylor's eyes we observe how they interact with one another and with the world around them. Taylor's approach to her main characters is deft and emotionally intelligent—they are sometimes awful but mostly just recognisably muddling through life; sometimes sympathetic but rarely likeable.

The secondary characters, particularly the group of working-class (gasp) Communists with whom one of the Davenants falls in with, convince less. There are some moments of observation here that are truly pleasurable to read, but there was something about Taylor's prose that I struggled to get on with: something disjointed, opaque. There was also a brief, jarring bout of antisemitism in one chapter.

A solid book, but I can't say it's one that has me dying to rush out and read more of Taylor's work.
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siriaeve | outras 25 resenhas | May 18, 2024 |
The blurb on my 2017 Virago reissue of Angel (1957) by the English novelist Elizabeth Taylor (1912-1975) includes a comment about Taylor by Sarah Waters: an author of great subtlety, great compassion and great depth. But I don't agree. Angel is a brutal take-down of working-class aspiration, and while it's amusing for a while, at 300+ pages it's too long for itself and the joke. I only persisted with it because I had got the impression from somewhere that Elizabeth Not-The-Actress Taylor was an author worth reading. Wikipedia tells us that:
Kingsley Amis described her as "one of the best English novelists born in this century". Antonia Fraser called her "one of the most underrated writers of the 20th century", while Hilary Mantel said she was "deft, accomplished and somewhat underrated."

So I am out on a limb here, and wondering if it's my Bolshie Australian attitudes that put me out of step with critical opinion. We do class consciousness here too, of course, and I am looking forward to reading Love Across Class, a new book by Eve Vincent and Rose Butler, from Melbourne University Press, which has the merit of acknowledging the myth of egalitarianism in Australia. But here we lack the fine gradings and disdain for the 'nouveau riche' of 20th century British class consciousness, and here it's about the school you went to, your postcode, and in some quarters, your religion or your clothing labels. What the working class protagonist of Elizabeth Taylor's Angel does not understand is that she can never transcend her background and especially not by making money. Taylor's Angel is not trapped there because has an uneducated mind and spectacular ignorance and she refuses to learn, it is because in Britain class was immutable. Perhaps it still is.

Not expecting to dislike the book, I went looking for autobiographical information to explain its spiteful class consciousness. Elizabeth Taylor's background could perhaps be described as 'aspirational lower middle class'. Wikipedia tells us that her father was an insurance inspector, and she went to a private selective day school for girls. She worked as a governess (where like Aunt Lottie in the novel) she could observe her 'betters' close up, and later as a tutor and librarian. She married into capital with a husband who owned a confectionery company, flirted with the communist party, and then supported the Labour Party.

At 15, Angel's protagonist looks upon the dreariness of her home in Volunteer Road in Norley and decides to be a writer. Her Aunt Lottie, in service at Paradise House, has helped towards the school fees at a private school where Angel has learned nothing but the pretensions that will guide her life. With astonishing determination, Angel disappears into her room and writes a novel of such awfulness that it is immediately rejected by the publishers she sends it to. But satirising gimcrack commercial fiction and the cynical publishers who know such books are rubbish but publish anyway for profit, Taylor has Angel finding a sympathetic mentor in Theo Gilbright, who recognises the florid style of romantic Victorian or Edwardian authors, and against the scorn of his partners, thinks it will sell. In a particular market i.e. not the literary one.

Puzzlingly, Theo is sympathetically portrayed as compassionate and too timid to tell Angel the truth. He deludes himself into thinking that he might be able to tame Angel's excesses, but fails to do so over the course of her career. She churns out one dreadful bestseller after another, refusing all advice. She ventures into settings she has never seen and knows nothing about (Italy, Greece) but when she has become rich enough to buy Paradise House, Angel — influenced by a nouveau riche American neighbour who uses 'causes' to gain approval— diversifies into polemics about vegetarianism and associated eccentricities, which coincides with a decline in her readership (and her income). (I'm guessing that vegetarianism was eccentric in 1950s Britain, and from my childhood memories of how they cooked vegetables, perhaps this was justified.)

To read the rest of my review please visit https://anzlitlovers.com/2024/05/03/angel-1957-by-elizabeth-taylor/
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anzlitlovers | outras 32 resenhas | May 2, 2024 |
The novelist Elizabeth Taylor is quietly cunning, devastatingly precise in her anatomy of the human mind The smallest sentences 'Sometimes, optimism briefly unsettled Mrs. Secretan" - provide so much. I will say that the modern re-releases of these books have the most atrocious covers: a glamorous woman's face in artful black-and-white, as if this were an advertisement for Chanel. I know "novels about slightly weary, deluded mid-20th century British people" is a tough sell, but making them look like upscale romance novels aimed at young urban types who work in marketing...well, that just seems irresponsible!

Other reviewers have said everything required about this novel, so I will just leave you with a longer quote below.
“A quiz programme. Two rows of people facing one another. A pompous, school-masterly man asking the questions. Those answers that Percy knew he spoke out loudly and promptly; when he was at a loss he pretended (as if he were not alone) that he had not quite caught the question, or he was busy blowing his nose to make a reply, or had to go to help himself to whiskey.”
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therebelprince | outras 14 resenhas | Apr 21, 2024 |
A bit slow off the mark, this novel rewards the reader's perseverance with Taylor's usual cold-blooded portrayal of human nature. Her ordinary people are so full of common quirks, uncommon eccentricities, pettiness and occasionally a dash of generosity that one almost has to squirm with recognition as they play their roles out on the page.
laytonwoman3rd | outras 32 resenhas | Mar 5, 2024 |



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