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Angel: A Virago Modern Classic

Elizabeth Taylor

4 Reviews

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Virago Modern Classics, Fiction, Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

A classic tale of fantasy and self-delusion from one of the most acclaimed British novelists of the twentieth century

INTRODUCED BY HILARY MANTEL

Elizabeth Taylor is finally being recognised as an important British author: an author of great subtlety, great compassion and great depth - Sarah Waters


Writing stories that are extravagant and fanciful, fifteen-year old Angel retreats to a world of romance, escaping the drabness of provincial life. She knows she is different, that she is destined to become a feted authoress, owner of great riches and of Paradise House . . .

After reading The Lady Irania, publishers Brace and Gilchrist are certain the novel will be a success, in spite of - perhaps because of - its overblown style. But they are curious as to who could have written such a book - an elderly lady, romanticising behind lace curtains? A mustachioed rogue?

They were not expecting it to be the pale, serious teenage girl, sitting before them without a hint of irony in her soul.

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'Her stories remain with one, indelibly, as though they had been some turning-point in one's own experience' Elizabeth Bowen

'No writer has described the English middle classes with more gently devastating accuracy' Rebecca Abrams, Spectator

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Praise for Angel: A Virago Modern Classic

  • Jane Austen, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Pym, Elizabeth Bowen - soul-sisters all - Anne Tyler

  • One of the most underrated novelists of the twentieth century - Antonia Fraser

  • I envy those readers who are coming to her work for the first time. Theirs will be an unexpected pleasure - Paul Bailey

  • Her stories remain with one, indelibly, as though they had been some turning point in one's own experience - Elizabeth Bowen

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Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor was born in Reading, Berks in 1912 and educated at the Abbey School. She worked as a governess in a library and at the age of 24 married a businessman with whom she had a son and daughter. Much of her married life was spent in the village of Penn, Bucks. She published twelve novels and four volumes of short stories. She died in 1975.

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