This week’s prompt: fun facts about authors.
- Choose a writer you like.
- Using resources such as Wikipedia, the author’s website, whatever you can find, make a list of interesting facts about the author.
- Post your fun facts list in your blog, maybe with a photo of the writer, a collage of his or her books, whatever you want.
- As you run into (or deliberately seek out) other Weekly Geeks’ lists, add links to your post for authors you like or authors you think your readers are interested in.
A few years ago I discovered English author Elizabeth Taylor (1912-1975). Some interesting facts about her:
- She is not Elizabeth Taylor, the actress.
- She worked as a governess and librarian before marriage.
- Her first novel, At Mrs. Lippincote’s, was published in 1945, the year after Elizabeth Taylor, the actress, starred in National Velvet.
- This is why Elizabeth Taylor, the author, was overshadowed by Elizabeth Taylor, the actress.
- Elizabeth Taylor, the author wrote 12 novels.
- Her books deal primarily with everyday events, relationships, and behavior of women in the British middle- and upper-middle classes.
- She also wrote short stories, which were published by The New Yorker but not by a British magazine.
- She was an intensely private person, and did not appear much in the media.
Contemporary authors praise Elizabeth Taylor:
‘Elizabeth Taylor is finally being recognised as an important British author: an author of great subtlety, great compassion and great depth. As a reader, I have found huge pleasure in returning to Taylor’s novels and short stories many times over. As a writer I’ve returned to her too – in awe of her achievements, and trying to work out how she does it’ Sarah Waters
‘One of the most underrated novelists of the twentieth century, Elizabeth Taylor writes with a wonderful precision and grace. Her world is totally absorbing’ Antonia Fraser
My sources for this post included:
- The Other Elizabeth Taylor – The Atlantic, 2007
- Elizabeth Taylor (novelist) – Wikipedia
- Elizabeth Taylor Author Profile – Virago Press
And here are some other featured authors you might enjoy:
- Everything Distils into Reading: Sylvia Plath
- Farm Lane Books: Jose Saramago
- Reactions to Reading: Ariana Franklin
If you’ve read Elizabeth Taylor, which of her books is your favorite?