Elizabeth Taylor 1912–1975
English novelist and short story writer.
Taylor has been compared to Jane Austen as a writer who focuses on the details of human relationships within quiet English communities. Taylor's novels, many of which have recently been reprinted, have been especially praised for their elegant prose, well-crafted structure, and the subtlety with which they reveal the humor and irony of human affairs. While some critics feel that her stories are so quiet and unassuming as to have little emotional impact, others contend that the power of Taylor's writing has been underrated.
(See also CLC, Vols. 2, 4; Contemporary Authors, Vols. 13-16, rev. ed.; and Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 9.)