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Elizabeth Taylor (1) (1912–1975)

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Tekijän teokset

Hyvien ihmisten hotelli (1971) 1,265 kappaletta, 59 arvostelua
Angel (1957) 882 kappaletta, 33 arvostelua
A View of the Harbour (1947) 584 kappaletta, 33 arvostelua
Sokkoleikki (1951) 578 kappaletta, 20 arvostelua
Pitkä kesä (1961) 491 kappaletta, 21 arvostelua
Blaming (1976) 412 kappaletta, 10 arvostelua
At Mrs Lippincote's (1945) — Tekijä — 398 kappaletta, 26 arvostelua
The Soul of Kindness (1964) 390 kappaletta, 14 arvostelua
A Wreath of Roses (1949) 290 kappaletta, 17 arvostelua
Palladian (1946) 285 kappaletta, 13 arvostelua
The Wedding Group (1968) 261 kappaletta, 10 arvostelua
Nukkuva kaunotar (1953) 256 kappaletta, 13 arvostelua
The Devastating Boys (1972) 177 kappaletta, 5 arvostelua
The Blush (1958) 159 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
Complete Short Stories (2012) 128 kappaletta
Hester Lilly and Other Stories (1954) 80 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
A Dedicated Man and Other Stories (1965) 63 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont [2005 film] (2010) — Original book — 41 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Dangerous Calm (1995) 34 kappaletta
Mossy Trotter (1967) 22 kappaletta
Angel [2007 film] (2007) — Original novel — 15 kappaletta
Penguin Modern Stories 6 (1970) — Avustaja — 7 kappaletta
The Wrong Order and Other Stories (2019) 6 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
A Red-Letter Day 2 kappaletta
The Letter Writers 2 kappaletta
Poor Girl (1955) 1 kappale
Sisters 1 kappale

Associated Works

Short Story Masterpieces (1954) — Avustaja — 687 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
The 40s: The Story of a Decade (2014) — Avustaja — 281 kappaletta, 5 arvostelua
The Oxford Book of English Short Stories (1998) — Avustaja — 197 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Black Water 2: More Tales of the Fantastic (1990) — Avustaja — 152 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
The Other persuasion: short fiction about gay men and women (1977) — Avustaja — 121 kappaletta
The Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1990) — Avustaja — 100 kappaletta
Stories from The New Yorker, 1950 to 1960 (1958) — Avustaja — 80 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The Virago Book of Ghost Stories: The Twentieth Century, Volume 1 (1987) — Avustaja — 78 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1996) — Avustaja — 71 kappaletta
The Third Ghost Book (1955) — Avustaja — 57 kappaletta
Infinite Riches (1993) — Avustaja — 54 kappaletta
The Norton Book Of Ghost Stories (1994) — Avustaja — 50 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women (1995) — Avustaja — 34 kappaletta
A Different Sound: Stories by Mid-Century Women Writers (2023) — Avustaja — 20 kappaletta
Women Writing: An Anthology (1979) — Avustaja — 12 kappaletta
Modern Short Stories 2: 1940-1980 (1982) — Avustaja — 12 kappaletta
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 11, July 1975 — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta

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Muut nimet
Coles, Elizabeth (born)
Maa (karttaa varten)
Reading, Berkshire, England, UK
Penn, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
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)
Lyhyt elämäkerta
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, 1001 Books to read before you die (heinäkuu 2021)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: General Discussion, Virago Modern Classics (tammikuu 2013)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: Blaming, Virago Modern Classics (joulukuu 2012)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont, Virago Modern Classics (joulukuu 2012)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: At Mrs. Lippincote's, Virago Modern Classics (joulukuu 2012)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: The Soul of Kindness, Virago Modern Classics (lokakuuta 2012)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: In a Summer Season, Virago Modern Classics (lokakuuta 2012)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: The Wedding Group, Virago Modern Classics (lokakuuta 2012)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: A Game of Hide and Seek, Virago Modern Classics (elokuu 2012)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: Angel, Virago Modern Classics (elokuu 2012)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: The Sleeping Beauty, Virago Modern Classics (kesäkuu 2012)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: A Wreath of Roses, Virago Modern Classics (toukokuu 2012)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: A View of the Harbour, Virago Modern Classics (huhtikuu 2012)
Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: Palladian, Virago Modern Classics (maaliskuu 2012)
Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont, Orange January/July (syyskuu 2011)


Nice scenes of village life, and an interesting array of characters. But because nobody in the book is happy, I wasn't happy reading it and so didn't really enjoy it. Very bleak view of married life. Liked learning a new word, though: sippets - bread/toast to dip into soups/sauces. Hope I remember it long enough to use it in real life. 'In my opinion, no soup or chili is complete without sippets.' : )
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ReadMeAnother | 9 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 12, 2024 |
I picked up this vintage work of fiction thinking that it might be sort of a sad but heartwarming kind of book.

Indeed, after I finished it, I checked the back flap in the old hardback, where the blurb describes the novel as a "perfect and heartwarming story" with "an ending that is desperately poignant but emotionally rich and cleansing."

In my case, the reading felt like fairly sharp bites of cold blowing in through a cracked window at intervals, but then something warm and soothing would happen.

However, the actual, unspoken feelings of the young writer in the story ultimately drained the warmth out of it for me. In the places where I thought some real joy might come to life, it...didn't.

And the "emotionally rich and cleansing" ending was, to me, a little abrupt and much more than a little bleak.

As for the content, there's a crude but only partial comment about the male anatomy from an elderly man who's trying to get attention. And there's also a bit of swearing, but none of the F-word.

In all, the best this novel did for me was stir up my compassion as well as my personal determination to keep finding and giving the joy I can in whatever season of life I'm in. I also really dig the 1971 book cover art, with its old-fashioned cozy feel.

Because I prefer reads that I find emotionally satisfying in the end (whether glowing, life-affirming, or heart-rending in a good way—not more than a little bleak), I considered not writing much of a review of this novel. But I decided to record my thoughts anyway because I plan on watching the related 2005 film for comparison. I'm so curious to see if the filmmakers' take on the basic plot turns out more like the feel of the old book cover and the "heartwarming" and "cleansing" sentiments on the back flap.
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NadineC.Keels | 58 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 31, 2024 |
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 | 25 muuta kirja-arvostelua | 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 | 32 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 2, 2024 |



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