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Elizabeth Taylor (1) [1912–1975]

This page covers the author of Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont.

For other authors named Elizabeth Taylor, see the disambiguation page.

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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. She was a friend of Ivy Compton-Burnett, Robert Liddell, and Elizabeth Jane Howard. Years after her death, a new interest in her work was kindled by filmmakers who adapted her novels, including Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, released in 2005, and The Real Life of Angel Deverell, re-titled Angel, in 2007.

Selected bibliography: Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (Book )
12 editions published between 1971 and 2006 in English;
The wedding group ( Book )
18 editions published between 1968 and 2002 in English and French ;
In a summer season ( Book )
14 editions published between 1961 and 2006 in English ;
The soul of kindness ( Book )
10 editions published between 1964 and 1994 in English and French ;
Angel ( Book )
14 editions published between 1957 and 2006 in 3 languages;
Blaming (Book )
8 editions published between 1976 and 2006 in English and French;
The devastating boys and other stories (Book )
7 editions published between 1972 and 1998 in English and French ;
The sleeping beauty ( Book )
11 editions published between 1953 and 2000 in 3 languages ;
The blush and other stories ( Book )
11 editions published between 1958 and 1991 in English and French;
A game of hide-and-seek ( Book)
10 editions published between 1951 and 1999 in English; A wreath of roses ( Book ) 13 editions published between 1949 and 1994 in English;
A view of the harbour ( Book ) 11 editions published between 1947 and 2006 in English and French ;
Palladian ( Book ) 9 editions published between 1946 and 2001 in English;
A dedicated man, and other stories ( Book ) 8 editions published between 1965 and 1993 in English;
At Mrs Lippincote's ( Book ) 11 editions published between 1945 and 2006 in English;
Hester Lilly and twelve short stories ( Book ) 4 editions published between 1954 and 1990 in English;
Mossy Trotter ( Book ) 2 editions published in 1967 in English;
Dangerous calm, the selected stories of Elizabeth Taylor ( Book ) 2 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English;
Hester Lilly and twelve short stories ( Book ) 1 edition published in 1972 in English;
A dedicated man, and other stories ( Book ) 1 edition published in 1993 in English; Short story: Fly paper

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