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Elizabeth Taylor

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Elizabeth Taylor (née Coles) was a popular English novelist and short story writer. Elizabeth Coles was born in Reading, Berkshire in 1912. She was educated at The Abbey School, Reading, and worked as a governess, as a tutor and as a librarian.

In 1936, she married John William Kendall Taylor , a businessman. She lived in Penn, Buckinghamshire, for almost all her married life.

Her first novel, At Mrs. Lippincote's, was published in 1945 and was followed by eleven more. Her short stories were published in various magazines and collected in four volumes. She also wrote a children's book.

Taylor's work is mainly concerned with the nuances of "everyday" life and situations, which she writes about with dexterity. Her shrewd but affectionate portrayals of middle class and upper middle class English life won her an audience of discriminating readers, as well as loyal friends in the world of letters.

She was a friend of the novelist Ivy Compton-Burnett and of the novelist and critic Robert Liddell.

Elizabeth Taylor died at age 63 of cancer.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   At Mrs Lippincote's (1945)
   Palladian (1946)
   A View of the Harbour (1947)
   A Wreath of Roses (1949)
   The Sleeping Beauty (1953)
   Angel (1957)
   A Game of Hide and Seek (1958)
   In a Summer Season (1961)
   The Soul of Kindness (1964)
   The Wedding Group (1968)
   Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont (1971)
   Blaming (1976)
   Hester Lilly (1954)
   The Blush (1958)
   A Dedicated Man (1965)
   The Devastating Boys (1972)
   Short Stories of Elizabeth Taylor (1995)
   Dangerous Calm (1995)
   Stories for Winter (2023) (with others)
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Loss (2013)
Great Short Stories for Women by Women
edited by
Victoria Hislop

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Award nominations
1971 Booker Prize (shortlist) : Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont

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