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AN NYRB CLASSICS ORIGINALElizabeth Taylor is finally beginning to gain the recognition due to her as one of the best English writers of the postwar period, prized and praised by Sarah Waters and Hilary Mantel, among others. Inheriting Ivy Compton-Burnett’s uncanny sensitivity to the terrifying undercurrents that swirl beneath the apparent calm of respectable family life while showing a deep sympathy of her own for human loneliness, Taylor depicted dislocation with the unflinching presence of mind of Graham Greene. But for Taylor, unlike Greene, dislocation began not in distant climes but right at home. It is in the living room, playroom, and bedroom that Taylor stages her unforgettable dramas of alienation and impossible desire. Taylor’s stories, many of which originally appeared in The New Yorker, are her central achievement.

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Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor (née Coles; 3 July 1912 in Reading, Berkshire - 19 November 1975 in Penn, Buckinghamshire) was a British novelist and short story writer. Kingsley Amis described her as "one of the best English novelists born in this century"; Antonia Fraser called her "one of the most underrated writers of the 20th century" and Hilary Mantel said she was "deft, accomplished and somewhat underrated."

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