ONLINE CLASS: The Other Elizabeth Taylor – novelist of midcentury England (2282)

Three Tuesdays: July 19, July 26, and August 2 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. EDT Online 

Price: 
$115 per person (10% off for members)

Lecture with some Discussion

“Was Elizabeth Taylor the best British novelist of the postwar era?” So begins a New York Times book review on the recent re-issue of her most popular novel. She was temperamentally the opposite of the actress, her contemporary. Publicity averse, she cultivated a bland persona -- unglamorous, suburban, domestic – that provided her the privacy to create novels and stories of devastating bourgeois realism, a literature of, as another reviewer put it, “sharp claws and warm heart.”

The New Yorker loved to publish her stories. William Shawn used one of them as a test for fiction editors (if any changes were suggested, they didn’t get the job.) Even so, she was relegated in the public imagination to role of “women’s novelist.” But with a cool, unsentimental style influenced by Austen, Flaubert, and especially Woolf, she was really an innovative modernist misunderstood as a conventional “lending library” writer. Was it her gender or her persona or her subject matter? Yes. These days she’s best known for being unjustly overlooked.

We’ll read her two most best-known, though very different, novels, “Angel” and “Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont,” as well as several of her best New Yorker short stories. These are all quick reads; please finish “Angel” before the first class.

Reading Schedule:

Class one: Angel

Class two: three short stories, links to be provided

Class three: Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

Three Tuesdays: July 19, July 26, and August 2 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. EDT Online 

Required Reading:

Angel Elizabeth Taylor By (9781590174975)

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont Elizabeth Taylor By (9781681375649)

Helen Hooper, a fiction writer, was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. She has published stories in American Short FictionThe CommonThe Hopkins ReviewBellevue Literary Review and elsewhere. She was MacDowell Colony fellow, a Kenyon Review Peter Taylor fellow and holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a BA from Johns Hopkins. She has taught literature and creative writing at Stanford and other universities and at the middle and high school levels. She is now writing a novel.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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Angel By Elizabeth Taylor, Hilary Mantel (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Elizabeth Taylor, Hilary Mantel (Introduction by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781590174975
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: NYRB Classics - February 14th, 2012

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont By Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Hofmann (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Hofmann (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781681375649
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: NYRB Classics - December 21st, 2021