Elizabeth Taylor (1912–1975) was an English short-story writer and novelist. Her first novel, At Mrs. Lippincote’s, was published in 1945. She would go on to publish eleven more novels, including Angel and A Game of Hide and Seek (both available from NYRB Classics), four collections of short stories (many of which originally appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and other magazines), and a children’s book, Mossy Trotter.
An original selection of stories, many of which were first published in the New Yorker. “There is a deceptive smoothness in her tone … as in that of Evelyn Waugh … for in the work of both writers the funny and the appalling lie side by side in close amity.”—Kingsley Amis
Liar, fantasist, monster, writer: Taylors title character, who rises from working-class girl to wildly famous sentimental novelist, is all of these things. She is also Taylors greatest creation, a character who is terrible, poignantly sympathetic, and unforgettable.
Harriet comes of age between the wars. Shes not especially charming or attractive, but she has one passion in her life: Vesey. Nothing, not marriage to another man, or motherhood, will change that. Taylor is finally being recognised as an important British author: an author of great subtlety, great compassion and great depth.—Sarah Waters
Two books by Elizabeth Taylor: A Game of Hide and Seek and Angel at a special discount.