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Elizabeth Taylor Centenary: General Discussion

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Edited: Jan 10, 2012, 9:20pm Top

July 3, 2012 marks the centenary of Elizabeth Taylor's birth. We will have a year-long celebration, with monthly reads chosen by the group. We had some discussion of how things would work on this thread.

Update 10 January 2012
We have decided to read all 12 of Taylor's novels in order of publication.
Here's the plan based on your input:
- Polls will be run quarterly, to choose 3 books for the upcoming quarter.
- The polls will be organized such that we read Taylor's work chronologically. The first poll will be limited to her earliest work. Each successive poll will include later works.

- We will read and discuss one book per month. Of course you may read books in advance, and return later for the discussion.

Threads will be organized as follows:
- General Discussion (this thread)
- Book Selection (to announce polls and results)
- Monthly Reads

We could even have a "virtual party" on her birthday!

The VMC Group Wiki will include links to all of these threads for easy reference.

Let the fun begin!

Edited: Jan 7, 2012, 8:36pm Top

Complete List of Elizabeth Taylor's novels, in order of publication:

At Mrs. Lippincote’s (1945)
Palladian (1946)
A View of the Harbour (1947)
A Wreath of Roses (1949)
A Game of Hide and Seek (1951)
The Sleeping Beauty (1953)
Angel (1957)
In a Summer Season (1961)
The Soul of Kindness (1964)
The Wedding Group (1968)
Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont (1971)
Blaming (1976)

Elizabeth Taylor's short stories:
Hester Lilly (1954)
The Blush and Other Stories (1958)
A Dedicated Man and Other Stories (1965)
The Devastating Boys (1972)
Dangerous Calm (1995)

Nov 4, 2011, 3:54pm Top

#2 I thinka couple of the touchstones are a bit wonky so I've listed the correct ones:

The Sleeping Beauty

Nov 4, 2011, 8:32pm Top

>3 souloftherose:: Thanks Heather! I've corrected post #2 as well.

Nov 13, 2011, 8:14pm Top

We are currently voting on our first quarter reads. Visit the Book Selection thread for details and a link to the poll, which will remain open until November 30.

Nov 14, 2011, 7:28am Top

Oh, goodie. I've read three of Taylor's books, and have several more, including the first three published, which seem to be strong favorites in the polling so far. This will be fun.

Nov 18, 2011, 3:59pm Top

I love the idea of this - I have read a few Elizabeth Taylor's and really enjoyed them, I currently have another TBR which I will save in case it gets picked.

Edited: Nov 30, 2011, 9:24pm Top

The results of the first book selection poll are in. We'll be reading Taylor's first three novels, in order of publication:

January: At Mrs. Lippincote’s (1945)
February: Palladian (1946)
March: A View of the Harbour (1947)

I'll create discussion threads on the first of each month, and include links to those threads on our group wiki.

Meanwhile, let's get reading !!!

Dec 1, 2011, 12:10am Top


Dec 1, 2011, 7:13am Top


Dec 2, 2011, 6:35am Top

Lovely! I even have all of these, great.

Dec 29, 2011, 2:05pm Top

I just ordered copies of At Mrs Lippincote's and Palladian for starters. Bookdepository in the UK have about 1/3 off (although I don't know if the BD price still depends on your location).

Jan 1, 2012, 1:33pm Top

Happy New Year and welcome to our year of reading Elizabeth Taylor. In January we will read her debut novel, At Mrs Lippincote's. The thread is up, here.

Jan 1, 2012, 1:38pm Top

Based on our first book selection poll, it appears there may be a preference for reading Taylor's work in order of publication. Conveniently, she wrote 12 novels, so we could just read them all in order from January to December. However this does overlook her short stories -- don't know how everyone feels about that.

So, let's start with a mini poll to get the sense of the group:

Vote: I'd like to read all 12 novels, in order of publication, from January through December

Current tally: Yes 15, No 0, Undecided 2

Comments & discussion welcome!

Jan 1, 2012, 2:28pm Top

Have voted!

I will joining you for the group reads in February. I have all Taylor's novels except two but one of those two is At Mrs Lippincote's, unfortunately.

Edited: Jan 1, 2012, 3:26pm Top

I've started At Mrs. Lippincote's, but I don't know if I'll get through all 12 -- I've read two or three already.

Jan 1, 2012, 3:19pm Top

I have voted - though having read 6 of her novels already in only the last 3 years, so may choose to join in discussions but not re-read them at this stage - although they are so wonderful I may change my mind.

Jan 1, 2012, 5:18pm Top

Have voted. Thanks for sorting this!

Jan 1, 2012, 5:22pm Top

Just put my vote in. And I am in for the twelve. A good/great book/author is always deserving of a re-read.
Thanks for setting us up.

Jan 2, 2012, 11:44am Top

I just read on Lynne Hatwell's blog (dovegreyreader) that she has been invited to attend this......

Elizabeth Taylor (1912-1975): a Centenary Conference
Cambridge, UK - 7 July 2012
Deadline for proposals: 8 December 2011

Abstracts are invited on any aspect of the writing of the novelist Elizabeth Taylor.These should be about 250 words and sent in the form of an e-mail attachment to arrive by December 8 2011. The conference will be held at Anglia Ruskin’' Cambridge campus.

Participants include John Brannigan, Erica Brown, Alice Ferrebe, Maud Ellmann, Faith Pullin, N. H. Reeve.

The plenary speaker is Nicola Beauman.

Papers will be of 20 minutes duration.
The convenor is happy to talk informally to or correspond with anyone who may be considering submitting a proposal. Please include your postal address and daytime telephone number. Ph. D students are also asked to give the title of their dissertation and the name and e-mail address of their supervisor.

Convenor: Professor Mary Joannou, Anglia Ruskin University
E-mail: . Tel: 0845 196 2049
(posted 11 October 2011)

Jan 2, 2012, 12:31pm Top

Lynne is in fact the reason we are having our Centenary celebration! Her blog was the first to alert me to the event and get me thinking about how we could recognize it in this group. I hope someone from the group can attend the conference, it would be so interesting to hear about it!

Edited: Jan 2, 2012, 3:38pm Top

Oh - thank you for the alert Cate and Laura. I will try and get a ticket. I went to a conference at which Lynne spoke in Oxford about three years ago and it was great fun! This Cambridge 'do' sounds a lot more serious.

Are we expecting a Viragoite to be presenting alongside Lynne and Nicola Beauman?

Jan 3, 2012, 1:19pm Top

This was in the NYRB Classics Tumblr today: A Very Angel New Year, "Elizabeth Taylor's take on the post-holiday blues."

Jan 3, 2012, 9:58pm Top

Angel was the first Elizabeth Taylor I read. I take it NYRB Classics is reprinting it?

Jan 4, 2012, 8:41am Top

It's being released on Valentine's Day in a new NYRB edition. I have to admit that it's my least favorite of the Elizabeth Taylors I've read.

Jan 7, 2012, 2:38pm Top

So can I ask? Are we going to be reading all of Elizabeth Taylors novels only - or will we be reading short stories too. I only ask because I have a lovely copy of The Blush sitting here - and I wasn't sure if I need to save it for a particular month.

Jan 7, 2012, 8:19pm Top

Looks like Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont is set for November then? I'm trying to read as much of my TBR pile as possible, and I own that one.

Jan 7, 2012, 8:37pm Top

Based on the vote in message #14, it looks like we will be reading Taylor's novels in order of publication.
>26 Heaven-Ali:: so you don't need to save The Blush
>27 Nickelini:: and yes, we'll read that one in November!

Jan 7, 2012, 10:06pm Top

Great! I'll join everyone in November for Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont.

Jan 9, 2012, 8:20am Top

That sounds good to me. I don't own any of the short story collections, but have about 6 of the novels so will look forward to reading and discussing those.

Jan 9, 2012, 11:41am Top

I was only missing a couple of her novels, so this gave me the "justification" to buy them!

Jan 9, 2012, 5:10pm Top

Here's a question for you:

I've blogged about this centenary a couple of times, and some of the reader comments got me thinking about how the event could be opened up beyond LibraryThing.

Facebook is a possibility -- specifically, a Facebook page focused on Virago Modern Classics in general. All sorts of reading events could be hosted / promoted there: the Taylor Centenary, Virago Reading Week, All Virago/All August, etc.. People could post links to their reviews / blog posts about Viragos, upload photos or other links, and start conversation. There's a dormant FB group out there but I have no idea who administers it and would be inclined to start fresh.

The Elizabeth Taylor Centenary could also take place in the blogosphere and be actively sponsored by a few bloggers, perhaps in turns for each novel.

I'm curious what you all think and any other ideas you have.

Jan 9, 2012, 6:26pm Top

20 - Thanks for the info about the conference - I might well try to go along. I gave my first paper at a middlebrow conference last year, and Erica Brown was one of the people there - she spoke on Elizabeth von Arnim's Christopher and Columbus and was generally nice :)

32 - Laura, I love your ideas!

Jan 9, 2012, 9:55pm Top

#32 Laura, I think you should start a new Virago FB group. I'm on FB more than LT these days, and have fallen impossibly behind on most of these threads. I might be in touch more on FB.

Jan 9, 2012, 10:55pm Top

Laura, I started that group on FB yonks ago, and it looks like reviving it is easy. The other admin is a 'Simon Jones' from London. Is this our SIAB Simon!!?? Anyway, I'd love to see it active again (last post was in 2010) so, please, feel free to add yourself as admin and admin away!

Jan 10, 2012, 7:59am Top

>35 bleuroses:: Cate, FB has made some changes since that group was created and I think a "page" would work better than a "group" in their current model. Given the encouragement here I'm going to create a new FB page. In addition to inviting people to "like" the page, I will post a message on the old group directing people to the page.

Thanks all ...

Edited: Jan 10, 2012, 11:07am Top

Go to it, Laura! I continue to prefer the LT environment to any other on-line, but I'm all in favor of spreading the word. Just point me to it when you've done it.

Jan 10, 2012, 11:02am Top

Thanks, Laura. I was the second person to "like" the page!

Jan 10, 2012, 2:03pm Top

what Linda said.............

Jan 10, 2012, 4:59pm Top

I much prefer the LT environment to Facebook -- I only check into Facebook now and then to see what's happening to younger family members.

Jan 10, 2012, 8:57pm Top

Jane (#40), you mean you're not checking it every day to see pictures of what I've cooked for dinner? You're obviously not using it properly!:-)

Jan 10, 2012, 11:23pm Top

I just discovered this thread and quiet at random I picked up At Mrs. Lippincote's to read on my commute Monday morning. I just finished it tonight. What a splendid and terrifying book. I also found your page Laura and have liked it. I am glad I finally caught up to someone's group read and look forward to chatting about it.

I don't know if I'll make it through all of them this year but it would be fun to try!

Jan 11, 2012, 7:41am Top

I too spend more time on LT than FB, but I will keep checking in on the VMC page to see what's going on. It's a great idea.

Jan 11, 2012, 8:18am Top

My copy of At Mrs Lippincote's finally arrived yesterday, so I can stop studiously ignoring the thread and join in soon!

Jan 11, 2012, 11:45am Top

No - that's not our Simon. Would be interested in sponsoring a post on one of my two blogs!

Jan 11, 2012, 12:06pm Top

I may be getting a little ahead of myself, but could we designate Tuesday 3rd July as Elizabeth Taylor Day? Or even go for a week ...

That would give us enough time to organise ourselves so that we can cover every book, and as many angles as we can think of.

Possibly we might be able to persuade Virago to provide some books for giveaways.

And I'd love a guest post from anyone who doesn't blog ...

Jan 11, 2012, 1:22pm Top

>45 mrsvjdw:: hurray! I've made a note of that Verity and will be in touch
>46 BeyondEdenRock:: ooh, some very good ideas there Fleur. I'll start a new thread to discuss birthday celebrations. And the guest post idea is a good one, too!

Jan 11, 2012, 2:05pm Top

~40 and 41 Rob - your food pics are so tempting - not to mention all the other very interesting stuff .... or your mass updates!! I love being able to enjoy the pics of the children as well !

Anyway - I do agree with the view that FB is for me a secondary social place - this is my bookish home without a doubt! However, in terms of raising the profile of quality reading FB certainly needs bookish groups like ours!

Jan 11, 2012, 6:43pm Top

I have a Facebook account but rarely visit it. I too prefer LT.

Jan 12, 2012, 1:35am Top

I just finished my 3rd Orange of the month so I think I will break away now and begin Elizabeth Taylor's At Mrs Lippincote's. I love her writing so I can't wait to get cuddled down in bed and start. Good night.

Jan 13, 2012, 4:16pm Top

Elizabeth Taylor's Complete Short Stories (Virago Modern Classics) is scheduled for publication as a VMC on 21 June 2012.

Jan 13, 2012, 6:25pm Top

That goes on my list, for sure!

Jan 14, 2012, 4:24am Top

I have just had a look throughthe Radio Times and noticed that the film version of Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont is being shown on BBC2 at 1.50pm today. I shan't be able to watch it that time but have programmed my box to record it.

This is just for information, not a recommendation!

Jan 14, 2012, 6:33am Top

>53 CDVicarage:: I've seen it. Joan Plowright stars as Mrs P. It stays fairly true to the book and is a sweet film overall.

Jan 15, 2012, 1:16pm Top

If you're a blogger you might be interested in this opportunity to host monthly reads on your blog. Please let me know if you'd like to host a month!

Jan 19, 2012, 3:03pm Top

I am ready for February now. A nice green copy of Palladian arrived today - looking forward to reading it.

Jan 19, 2012, 5:40pm Top

Aha, me too as I received a notice saying that my library copy was ready for collection :))

Jan 19, 2012, 10:27pm Top


Jan 20, 2012, 12:46pm Top

I think I might join you all in reading Palladian next month, as I received a copy for Christmas...

Jan 20, 2012, 1:33pm Top

I'm looking forward to joining in with the Palladian read too. My copy is a new VMC but is actually rather nice so I am not too jealous of those of you with greens!

Edited: Jan 20, 2012, 2:49pm Top

I had a hardback ex library copy but decided to buy the new VMC edition as I enjoyed At Mrs Lippincotes and this was relatively affordable.

I can't believe that Virago has 3 different editions of AML - with an autobiographical piece by ET herself, an intro by Tim Waterstone or in the newest edition by Valerie Martin.

At least they're doing intros for these ones, I'm quite disappointed that apart from South Riding the new editions don't even include the introductions for the green ones, don't understand why not.

Jan 20, 2012, 11:58pm Top

I've picked up my library copy, so I'm ready too.

Jan 21, 2012, 8:31am Top

I have one, and I'm ready three.

Jan 21, 2012, 1:27pm Top

I'm so excited to see so much interest in Palladian, it's a lovely book.

Jan 22, 2012, 11:44am Top

I plan to read it too. I'll get in one more Orange title in January, and a bit more of Our Mutual Friend, then Palladian will probably be the first thing I pick up in February.

Jan 23, 2012, 1:07pm Top

I am set and ready to go as well. Looking forward to it. Like Linda, I am still caught up in my Orange reads.

Jan 23, 2012, 3:37pm Top

A lovely post by Rachel at Book Snob on our Elizabeth Taylor Centenary Read.

Thank you, Rachel!!

Feb 2, 2012, 1:13pm Top

Pssst ... you heard it here first!

Our centenary celebration will include prizes!! I'll be giving away a copy of The Other Elizabeth Taylor, and I'm in discussions with Virago about the new volume of her Complete Short Stories, slated for publication June 21. Description and pretty dust jacket picture here.

Feb 2, 2012, 1:54pm Top


Feb 7, 2012, 7:27am Top

Very! And fun too!

Mar 11, 2012, 4:05pm Top

I've organised an Elizabeth Taylor Day in the town where she was born. Her son and daughter will be there. Speakers include her friend, fellow author and admirer, Elizabeth Jane Howard (another under-rated writer) and Philip Hensher. Details here: http://www.readingarts.com/othervenues/event.asp?id=SX1348-A781F4E6 If any librarything members would like to come, please sign up as soon as possible.

Mar 11, 2012, 4:45pm Top

#71 Wonderful idea. If only I could be there!

Mar 11, 2012, 8:59pm Top

>71 RMcAuley:: me too! Looks like a wonderful event.

Mar 12, 2012, 3:23pm Top

71: I am very excited as the event is held at my sister's local library, five minutes walk from her house. I've just checked and she is happy to have me stay over the weekend and even offered to pop into the library tomorrow and get me the ticket!

It would be wonderful to have some LibraryThing friends there too. Anyone? Reading is very close to London and Oxford and not too far from Birmingham!

Edited: Mar 12, 2012, 4:32pm Top

>74 Soupdragon:: oh you are sooo lucky Dee! I hope you'll come back with a full report ... and photos, even!!!
Second thought: you could write a guest post on my blog !!!!

Mar 12, 2012, 4:46pm Top

I think I am about to click and book - yay!!! And yes done it:)))
Dee - we will meet and celebrate!

Mar 12, 2012, 4:51pm Top

>76 juliette07:: squeeee!!!!

Mar 12, 2012, 4:58pm Top

I know - oh Laura - I wish you could join in! My interest in Elizabeth Taylor was piqued partly because of her geographical proximity.

What a Virago evening I am having here - our Oxford tea party is going to be a busy week with Mother U coming to stay plus the lovely Helen staying in the most wonderful place nearby :))
http://www.kingswell-hotel.com/index.htm Maren will recognise it as we all had a very English evening here!

Mar 12, 2012, 5:42pm Top

Squee indeed! So happy you'll be there too, Julie especially as it doesn't look like I can make Oxford. Wonder if anyone else will make it and yes, really wish Laura could!

I'm embarrassed to confess here that I didn't know Taylor was from Reading and won't be admitting that to anyone on the day!

Mar 13, 2012, 2:53am Top

No need to be embarrassd! In fact she lived much of her life in Penn, Buckinghamshire.

Mar 13, 2012, 4:22am Top

It sounds great, sadly I've got a prior commitment on the day.

Mar 13, 2012, 4:47am Top

#71 I've just booked my ticket! Thanks for letting us know about the event.

#79 I hadn't realised Taylor was from Reading either...

Mar 13, 2012, 4:57am Top

81: Shame :(
82: Yay!!!!!! :)

Mar 13, 2012, 4:50pm Top

Oh no, Reading doesn't look do-able from Nottingham in a day by car or train. Pity I don't still live in Buckinghamshire. I used to have an aunt in Wokingham but, sadly, she died.

Mar 14, 2012, 5:56am Top

I already have 2 other things to choose between for that day, so had better not even start to consider a third, although it sounds as though it would be a really good event. And of course, a chance to meet some fellow Viragoites before June. Ah well.

Mar 14, 2012, 3:04pm Top

I'm going now too : )

Mar 14, 2012, 3:43pm Top


Mar 21, 2012, 4:03pm Top

Sakerfalcon - what happens in June?

Edited: Mar 21, 2012, 5:53pm Top

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Edited: Mar 22, 2012, 1:32pm Top

I am -- ok, now this is a response to 91 below.

Edited: Mar 21, 2012, 5:55pm Top

Ack, how did delete when I meant to edit?
*bangs head on desk* See below:

> 88


(no I'm not jealous, really)

Mar 22, 2012, 6:00am Top

>88 criggall:: It's the Virago Tea Party in Oxford, to which all VMC group members are invited. I believe sqdancer links to the original thread in the msg above.

Mar 27, 2012, 7:13am Top

I just saw that a new book about Elizabeth Taylor has just been released. From the introduction it includes several new critical essays on her work and its contexts as well as a substantial number of her own stories, essays and letters which readers are unlikely to have encountered before.

Elizabeth Taylor: A Centenary Celebration by N. H. Reeve (amazon.co.uk, amazon.com).

Unfortunately it's quite pricey.

Mar 27, 2012, 8:18am Top

Ooh la la, but pricey for sure!

Mar 27, 2012, 5:51pm Top

Library - here I come!

Mar 28, 2012, 9:58am Top

93: That looks really good! I notice the author Neil Reeve is one of the speakers at the Reading event so presumably the book will be on sale there. Now how am I going to resist that?

Mar 28, 2012, 2:20pm Top

#93 I have added it to my wishlist on Amazon. It will be very hard to resist it at the Reading event.

Mar 28, 2012, 4:35pm Top

Ditto the library thing.
Soup, you can resist by not having 60 bucks in your wallet.
Can't wait to read it though.

Edited: Mar 29, 2012, 12:34am Top

The Reading event was most likely planned in the light of the book ..... in other words they are very much hoping that we will all buy the book! It may have to be a 'leave the plastic at home' type of day!!!

Edited: Mar 30, 2012, 6:56am Top

Is there anywhere a list for the next few months? I know April, but May June July? I have some Taylors, but not all.... am just finishing up Palladian -- only a bit behind.

Oh, never mind, I see. 12 books, 12 months, in order of publication...... excellent.

Mar 30, 2012, 7:09am Top

Hmmm, I'll be back in July then as I don't have copies of the next few titles on the list. But I will be following the threads with interest.

Apr 2, 2012, 8:48am Top

I've reviewed Palladian.

Apr 21, 2012, 6:19am Top

Jane (Fleurfisher) is hosting this month's Elizabeth Taylor readalong on her blog. And she's giving away a copy of A Wreath of Roses too! Here's her post.

May 5, 2012, 8:27pm Top

I am looking for two wonderful Virago Group members to serve as "guest hosts" on my blog during the months of August and December. I lined up bloggers for all of the other months, but these two remain vacant. Here's what a guest host would do:
- Publish a short post (which will appear on my blog), introducing yourself and advertising the monthly read. Ideally we'd publish this a week or two before the month begins. Your post would encourage people to read the book, and to visit on a specific date when you commit to posting about the book and facilitating discussion in the comments.
- On the chosen date, share your personal thoughts on the book, again through a blog post that would appear on my blog. This can be a review or just that, thoughts. Pose discussion question(s) and invite comments.
- Invite other bloggers to share their thoughts on the book via a Mr. Linky on my Elizabeth Taylor Centenary page. I'll be sure to create this before the month begins!
- At the end of the month, post a wrap-up that points to that month’s set of links, and highlights what different people have said about the book.
- If you'd like to get creative, feel free! Anything goes: prepare a recipe mentioned in a Taylor novel, dress up your pet as your favorite character, you name it!

The most important thing is to have fun and promote one of our favorite authors.

Oh -- and there will be a special reward to say "thank you" for hosting. I'll be sharing details of this soon, but trust me, it's good!

Interested? Willing to help in either August (In a Summer Season) or December (Blaming)? Let me know!

May 6, 2012, 3:03am Top

Would we need to have our own blog to do this, Laura?

May 6, 2012, 6:33am Top

No blog required! You would write the blog posts as mentioned, send to me via email, and I would take care of publishing on my blog.

May 6, 2012, 6:41am Top

I'll volunteer for December and Blaming then. August is out as I'll be away and off-line for part of it.

May 6, 2012, 8:46am Top

>107 Soupdragon:: Woo hoo! Thank you Dee!

May 6, 2012, 9:52am Top

108: Looking forward to it :-)

May 7, 2012, 1:08pm Top

Dee - well done for that offer! There were a great number of references to Blaming on the great Reading ET day so that is one to really look forward to!

May 7, 2012, 1:34pm Top

Well Julie, I read Blaming a few years ago and have to admit that I didn't love it! I hadn't quite caught the Taylor bug then though so it will be interesting to read it afresh.

May 7, 2012, 3:39pm Top

Anyone want to take August?

May 8, 2012, 4:20am Top

Errrmmmm - I'm a little nervous about this as I don't have a blog and I'm fairly new to all this - but I'm willing to give it a try (tho I will need a bit of guidance with the Mr. Linky - whatever that is - and the round up of links).


May 8, 2012, 5:14am Top

113: Hooray! I'm a bit nervous and not a blogger too, Kaggsy but you're in good hands with Laura :)

May 8, 2012, 6:08am Top

Thanks! That makes me feel better!

May 8, 2012, 7:40am Top

Oh...thank goodness! I've been wrestling with myself over this, and I was this close to volunteering, but my trepidation was stronger that yours, Karen.

May 8, 2012, 8:01am Top

Well, I figure I can only make a fool of myself once!

May 8, 2012, 11:51am Top

Hooray for Karen/kaggsy! I'll put you down to guest host in August (In a Summer Season) and will definitely be an involved party in this whole thing. We'll start working together a little closer to the time ...

Thank you!!

May 8, 2012, 4:14pm Top

Glad you'll be there to guide me - looking forward to it (tho' still with a little nervous anticipation....!)

Jun 8, 2012, 12:50am Top

For those who have a kindle, the Complete Short Stories of Elizabeth Taylor is available for preorder at Amazon. Prince is $9.99 for the over 600 page book.

Jun 8, 2012, 6:44am Top

That reminds me! I'll be giving away a copy on July 2 (the actual centenary), thanks to the kind people at Virago Press.

Jun 26, 2012, 4:16am Top

Did we know about comedian and writer, David Baddiel, doing a BBC thing about Elizabeth Taylor? http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006tp43

Good old Mr LyzzyBee spotted a tweet about it!

Jun 26, 2012, 5:09am Top

Well spotted!

You can download the prog as a podcast here:


(it's the ep from 21st June)

Jun 26, 2012, 6:45am Top

I think there's also going to be a Bookclub programme on Radio 4 this Sunday about Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont


Jun 26, 2012, 8:02am Top

>122 LyzzyBee:-124: ooh, thanks for that! I just downloaded the Night Waves podcast and am hopeful the R4 programme will also be podcast later.

Jul 1, 2012, 8:39am Top

Just wanted to pop in here to say that on Tuesday I will be giving away a copy of Elizabeth Taylor's Complete Short Stories on my blog. I'll post more details here on Tuesday!

Jul 3, 2012, 3:16am Top

Happy 100th!!!

Jul 3, 2012, 6:25am Top

Happy Birthday Elizabeth !!

Stop by my blog today to enter the drawing for Elizabeth Taylor's Complete Short Stories. You have until July 7 to enter but why wait?! More info here.

Jul 5, 2012, 6:55am Top

Two more days to enter the Elizabeth Taylor giveaway! Details here.

Jul 5, 2012, 5:29pm Top

The question is too hard!!!

Jul 5, 2012, 7:09pm Top

You know there's no correct answer, right Grant? It's OK to have more than one! I'm just trying to ward off the folks who enter any and all giveaways, and may have never even heard of our dear Ms. T.

Edited: Jul 7, 2012, 5:28pm Top

Elaine (Liz1564) won the copy of Elizabeth Taylor's Complete Short Stories ! Congratulations Elaine!

ETA: Here's what Elaine wrote in response to the prompt, "what is your favorite Eliz Taylor novel and why?"
It is hard for me to pick one, but I think I have to go with my first Elizabeth Taylor because it made me not only seek out more of her books, but also seek out the rest of the Virago Modern Classics list. That would be Soul of Kindness. I am looking forward to rereading it this year to see if the heroine is as ghastly as I remember her!
I can't wait to read that one in September!

Jul 7, 2012, 5:24pm Top

Congratulations, Elaine!

Jul 7, 2012, 6:26pm Top

WOW!!!! I don't believe it!. As I told Laura, the only thing I have ever won was a tune-up at the local gas station when I didn't own a car!

I should have added that if I hadn't read Soul of Kindness I would not have wanted to find out more about the ViMC list. It was looking for more info on Viragoes that I found a snippet on Google about Soul of Kindness. When I followed the link, it led me here to this forum. One of the nicest things that ever happened to me.....

Thank you, Laura, and thank you everyone here for just being you!


Edited: Jul 7, 2012, 9:12pm Top

This is so awesome Elaine! You are such a generous, giving soul that it is well and fitting that you should have won this.

As for the rest of us: We can read the first three shorts (For Thine is the Power, Ever so Banal & Mothers) of this book online here:


Well, forget that. It was working but isn't now. That sucks!

Edited: Jul 8, 2012, 2:37am Top

It's working for me, thanks Belva though I think it's actually from the Elizabeth Taylor Centenary Celebration book rather than the Complete Short Stories. Still free short stories from Taylor though!

Elizabeth Taylor led me to Librarything and this group too. Someone on ReadItSwapIt requested a book from my swap list and the way RISI works is that you then decide if you want to swap it for a book from their swap library. There are links to Amazon and Librarything to help you find out more about each book offered. The swapper was offering Mrs Palfrey, I followed the link to discussions about Mrs Palfrey on LT and never looked back!

Jul 10, 2012, 10:20am Top

I love to hear those stories...did this group ever have a thread on "How I Found LT"?

Jul 10, 2012, 1:48pm Top

I came to LT because I was busy buying Viragos and downloaded Christiguc's list. I then e-mailed her about a book missing from the list (Stella Dallas which I owned in Virago) and she led me to this group.

Jul 14, 2012, 7:05am Top

I gooled how to remove mould odour from books which lead me to an LT thread on that topic and the rest is history...

Aug 4, 2012, 2:16pm Top

My lovely copy of Elizabeth Taylor's Complete Short Stories arrived today from Virago Press. Thank you, Laura. It is certainly a tome!


Aug 29, 2012, 6:19am Top

This article about Elizabeth Taylor in the current New Statesman:


Aug 29, 2012, 8:57am Top

Thanks for that, Kerry. Always good to see some appreciation of our Liz and it alerted me to Tracey Thorn's memoir too.

Aug 31, 2012, 12:23pm Top

A character in Harriet Lane's Alys, Always is reading a collection of short stories by Elizabeth Taylor that her son recommended to her. She is a very minor character but, now, I can't help wanting to know more about her son's reading choices!

Sep 3, 2012, 8:53am Top

Is there a thread for the September read yet? The Soul of Kindness right? I have it all ready to go......

Sep 3, 2012, 12:09pm Top

>144 sibylline:: yes, September's thread is here. I'm ready to dive in too -- just need to clear a book review off my to do list and I'll be there.

Sep 3, 2012, 12:30pm Top

Just a suggestion - if we want to be Elizabeth Taylor completests, why not read the collected short stories in January 2013. It would be a nice New Year's present for the group. And ... if some people don't have the book and they decide to participate in our Virago Secret Santa book exchange, then those people might put it on their wish list ... though perhaps that might take the fun out of Secret Santa surprises.

Sep 3, 2012, 1:47pm Top

#146 - great idea - though I am dipping in and out of it already : )

Nov 18, 2012, 7:21am Top

I'm posting this on a few threads to give it visibility:

This week I'm giving away a copy of the Elizabeth Taylor biography, The Other Elizabeth Taylor. Stop by my blog to enter: Elizabeth Taylor Centenary Giveaway

Nov 29, 2012, 1:07pm Top

I'm currently writing a post for my December guest spot on Laura's blog, which looks back at all the Taylor novels we've read over the Centenary year and what we thought of them. I'm looking at which were the favourites, which weren't, which ones divided opinion and how our opinions on Taylor have evolved over the year.

Could I please check that it's ok to refer to people's comments made on LT in reviews and on our threads? I would, of course, be referring to LT usernames rather than real names. If anyone wouldn't be happy with this, please let me know.

Nov 29, 2012, 2:43pm Top

Quote me from anywhere Dee - no probs!

Nov 29, 2012, 3:00pm Top

Fine by me!

Nov 29, 2012, 3:03pm Top

I didn't end up reading or contributing much to the Taylor reads, but if I said anything worth repeating, you're welcome to do so Dee!

Nov 29, 2012, 5:34pm Top

Fine by me too, great idea for a post.

Nov 29, 2012, 7:22pm Top

I only read Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont but I loved it. You can quote anything I said or my review.

Nov 30, 2012, 7:37am Top

Super idea, Dee!

Dec 3, 2012, 7:42am Top

You can quote me too, if you wish. I liked your first blog post, it was very well written and insightful.

Dec 4, 2012, 7:31am Top

Thank you Claire, and everyone else!

Dec 4, 2012, 9:31am Top

I don't have the December novel but my plan is to finish up the two Elizabeth Taylor short story collections that I do have, The Blush and The Devastating Boys. If anyone else has those and would like to join me, perhaps we could have a short story thread, otherwise I'll just post here.

Dec 9, 2012, 5:56am Top

The post I mentioned above is now up on Laura's blog.

I've looked back on what bloggers and LibraryThing members have said about Elizabeth Taylor during our centenary celebrations this year. Please do drop by to have a read, make a comment and/or check I haven't misrepresented you! There was so much more I could have included but even my "concise" version gave Laura a bit of a challenge, in squeeezing it into its blog space.

There's also a giveaway prize of a 1987 Virago green copy of A View of The Harbour, so if you're looking for a copy there's another reason to visit!

Dec 9, 2012, 10:31am Top

It's a wonderful post, Dee, and I'm seeing lots of traffic on the blog today!

Dec 9, 2012, 1:30pm Top

Even though I fell off the wagon and didn't read any Taylor after A Wreath of Roses, I really enjoyed the wrap-up post, Dee and Laura! She was a new author to me and I look forward to reading more.

And woot! I got quoted in the blog :)

Edited: Dec 9, 2012, 3:36pm Top

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Dec 9, 2012, 3:39pm Top

@ # 161;
katie, I did as well. WOOT!~! Does that mean we are famous? lol!~!

Soup, I certainly enjoyed your post on Laura's blog. Well done my friend, well done!

Dec 9, 2012, 3:52pm Top


Dec 10, 2012, 10:49am Top

Ooh, I'm quoted too! Thank you, I feel honoured :-) And it is a lovely post with which to sum up the year.

Dec 21, 2012, 5:28pm Top

It has been a wonderful year - reading Elizabeth Taylor - and promted by Dee's lovely post on Laura's blog I have been reflecting on my own year of reading Elizabeth Taylor.

Thank you Laura - for hosting this wonderful event for us all - I have loved it.


Dec 21, 2012, 6:26pm Top

This has been a great Virago event and focus for the year. Anyone offering or organizing anything else like it for next year?

BTW - I am deep into the collection of short stories The Blush and they are truly excellent.

Edited: Dec 22, 2012, 2:54am Top

>@ sibyx;
For 2013 we have planned a Barbara Pym read as it is her centenary year. You can read more about it here.


I hope this will work for you so that you can join us. Should be good.

Dec 22, 2012, 6:42am Top

Ali - I want to say it here too - your blog post rounding it all up is EXCELLENT; I really enjoyed reading it.

We will have fun with Our Barbara next year, though!

Dec 22, 2012, 7:38am Top

That's a superb post, Ali. I'll link to it in Dee's Sunday post and on my Centenary page.

Dec 22, 2012, 7:45am Top

Wonderful post Ali and Lucy, the stories in The Blush are just perfect, aren't they?

Dec 27, 2012, 10:44am Top

Yes they are very very good, really excellent. She should be famouser for those too. HERE is my review of The Blush.

Dec 28, 2012, 4:21am Top

I received the Complete stories for Christmas - am really looking forward to dipping into them!

Dec 28, 2012, 4:28am Top

OOoh lucky you! Might have to pick that up with my clicky-clicky vouchers I still have left ...

Dec 29, 2012, 1:37am Top

There we go........am loving the clicky-clickys. lol!~!

Jan 1, 2013, 10:41am Top

I missed out on most of this Taylor reading year because I was trying to concentrate on reading books I already had on my shelves, and at the start of 2012 I didn't have any ET. By the end of the year I had managed to acquire a couple, so my very last book of 2012 was At Mrs Lippincote's - I'm glad to have squeezed that in and to have participated in a small and late way in the centenary read. I'll be looking forward to reading more of her as I gradually acquire them, but meanwhile, here comes Barbara Pym!

Jan 1, 2013, 10:59am Top

I didn't do well with the Taylor reads, either. I did the first 3, and then I guess you'd have to call me a drop-out. I didn't own 4 and 5, and just fell off the bus. I had already read Angel and The Wedding Group, but missed getting in on those discussions. I will make it a priority to visit their threads sometime soon, though, and soak up everyone's thoughts. As you say, Genny, on to Barbara Pym, who I already love and hope to do better by in the coming year.

Jan 1, 2013, 11:34am Top

@ > # 174;
LyzzyBee; I clicky-clickyed a ton of Psresphones before we left on our trip. We will get home at 3:00 A.M. this night/tomorrow and I can't wait to open and add them to my library. They arrived the day we left and I didn't get a chance to do so at the time. Will be a bit before I clicky-clicky again, I am afraid. ;-)

Jan 1, 2013, 2:05pm Top

Nooo - no time to open clicky-clicky books?? Nightmare!!

Jan 2, 2013, 6:58am Top

ha ha; We arrived home at 3:00 A.M. today and whilst the others are snoozing away I remain up and am here at the computer to open and add my clicky-clicky books to my library. I thought about those packages the whole time I was gone (except for when I was watching football games).

Jan 3, 2013, 1:34pm Top

I've finished up my last Taylor book, short stories The Devastating Boys - they were good but not great - somehow I wasn't as taken with them as I was with the first set in
The Blush. In case anyone else reads it - Suzanne Lenglen was a French tennis sensation in the 20's and she wore a 'bandeau' around her head that became a very chic thing. She also had a bit of a wild rep. so it was a social statement to wear one. You can find the review if you click on the book title.

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