Happy 100th Birthday, Elizabeth Taylor!
The big day is finally here. We’ve been celebrating the Elizabeth Taylor Centenary all year, and there’s much more fun to come with our monthly readalongs. But today, July 3, is the actual anniversary of her birth. So let’s just pause for a moment and reflect on this talented author’s literary contributions. Considered by many as one of the best English novelists of the 20th Century, she published 12 novels and 5 short story collections. One of her later works, Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont, was short-listed for the Booker Prize. She was a regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine. Taylor had strong connections with other distinguished novelists, but led an intensely private life and was overshadowed by the famous actress with the same name. Fortunately, her work appears to be gaining visibility again, due in no small part to events surrounding her centenary. Here are just two, both from BBC Radio 4:
- Elizabeth Taylor’s Short Stories, a 3-part series on BBC Radio 4, also available via podcast
- David Baddiel talks about Elizabeth Taylor’s Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont, on BBC Radio 4 Bookclub
And no birthday celebration would be complete without presents, right? Here’s one for you:
Win a copy of Elizabeth Taylor’s Complete Short Stories
Thanks to the generous team at Virago Press, one lucky person will receive a copy of Elizabeth Taylor’s Complete Short Stories. This newly published volume includes 65 stories with a beautiful cover. More details here.
- The giveaway contest is open until 5:00 PM (US EDT) on July 7, 2011.
- The giveaway contest is open to anyone in the world.
- To enter, please leave a comment answering the question:
- What is your favorite Elizabeth Taylor novel, and why?
- The winner will be chosen at random and announced on my blog. I will also notify the winner by email, and request a shipping address for the book.
- Virago Press will ship the book to the address provided.
Comments are welcome, even if you don’t want the book. Just let me know not enter your name into the drawing.