By Elizabeth Taylor
A classic tale of fantasy and self-delusion from one of the most acclaimed British novelists of the twentieth century. Now published as a VMC designer hardback.
Fifteen-year-old Angelica Deverell knows she is different, that she is destined to become a feted author. Escaping the dreariness of her provincial life, she locks herself in her room, pouring all her romantic longings on to the page.
After reading The Lady Irania, the publishers are certain it will be a success, in spite of - and perhaps because of - its overblown style. But they are curious as to who could have written such a book: 'Some old lady, romanticising behind lace-curtains' . . . 'Angelica Deverell is too good a name to be true . . . she might be an old man. It would be an amusing variation. You are expecting to meet Mary Anne Evans and in Walks George Eliot twirling his moustache.' So nothing can prepare them for the pale young woman who sits before them, with not a seed of irony or a grain of humour in her soul.
Elizabeth Taylor (1912-75) is increasingly being recognised as one of the best writers of the twentieth century. She wrote her first book, At Mrs Lippincote's, during the war, and this was followed by eleven further novels and a children's book, Mossy Trotter. Her short stories appeared in Vogue, the New Yorker and Harper's Bazaar. Rosamond Lehmann considered her writing 'sophisticated, sensitive and brilliantly amusing, with a kind of stripped, piercing feminine wit', and Kingsley Amis regarded her as 'one of the best English novelists born in this century'.
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- ISBN: 9781844089345
- Publication date: 14 Nov 2013
- Page count: 336
Wickedly satirical . . . This beautifully produced 1957 reprint is a treasure. Angel, irresistibly ghastly and my favourite fictional heroine, has been a fully formed tyrant since her illegitimate birth . . Our gloriously obnoxious heroine remains deluded about her genius to the very last. Brilliant — Daily Mail, '12 Books of Christmas' - Val Hennessy