Other Literary Forms

(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Elizabeth Taylor is best known for her “genteel novels” of social comedy. However, because critics have viewed them as relatively lightweight entertainments, they are often more appreciated by general readers than by university scholars. Critics have noted that much of her longer fiction focuses on how people become victims of their own self-delusion. Her career as a novelist extends from the postwar At Mrs. Lippincote’s (1945) to the posthumously published Blaming (1976).