Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor (1912–1975) was a British novelist and short-story writer. Her work is known for its nuanced depiction of the English middle class and is often characterized by its wit, insight, and a subtle examination of social relationships. Among her most famous works are the novels 'At Mrs Lippincote's' (1945), 'Angel' (1957), and 'Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont' (1971). Taylor's writing has been praised for its elegance and depth, and she has been compared to authors such as Jane Austen and Barbara Pym.


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  1. 1. Blaming

    "Blaming" is a poignant story about a woman named Amy who, after the sudden death of her husband during a holiday, finds herself befriended by an American woman named Martha. Despite their differences, Martha provides Amy with comfort and support, but Amy finds it difficult to accept this kindness due to her reserved and private nature. The novel explores themes of grief, friendship, and the complexities of human relationships, as well as the guilt and blame individuals often place on themselves in times of hardship.

  2. 2. Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont

    This novel focuses on the life of an elderly widow who moves into a London residential hotel, the Claremont, where she befriends the other elderly residents. She forms an unlikely friendship with a young writer, who she passes off as her grandson to the other residents. The story explores themes of aging, loneliness, and the complexities of human relationships.

  3. 3. Angel

    The novel explores the life of an eccentric and determined young woman who dreams of becoming a famous novelist. Despite her lack of literary talent, she achieves success with melodramatic romances, becoming wealthy and celebrated in the process. As she navigates the trials of her career and personal life, her stubborn and delusional nature both aids and hampers her. The story is a satirical examination of fame, art, and the disconnect between an artist's persona and their true self, set against the backdrop of early 20th-century England.

  4. 4. The Soul of Kindness

    "The Soul of Kindness" revolves around the life of an apparently perfect woman who is loved and admired by everyone around her. However, her constant need to help and meddle in others' lives often leads to more harm than good. The novel explores the complexities of human relationships, the consequences of good intentions, and the illusion of perfection.