Elizabeth Taylor: Complete Short Stories
“The Fly-Paper” is from Elizabeth Taylor’s COMPLETE SHORT STORIES (Little Brown, 2012). Taylor (who died in 1975) was a British novelist and short story writer. Kingsley Amis described her as “one of the best English novelists born in this century;” Antonia Fraser called her one of the most underrated writers of the 20th century;” and Hilary Mantel said she was “deft, accomplished and somewhat underrated.”
Few writers have done better work exploring themes of loneliness, private passions and pain.
Charlotte Mendelson, writing in The Guardian, said of Elizabeth Taylor’s collection: Imagine the thrill of hearing for the first time of an author of 18 moving, funny and unforgettably brilliant books; a favourite of Hilary Mantel, Sarah Waters and Anne Tyler, shortlisted for the Booker prize and adored by generations of readers. Wouldn’t you rush off to investigate, so that you could experience the compassion, the wit, for yourself? Of course you would. So why haven’t you read Elizabeth-Taylor-the-novelist? And, if you have, why haven’t more of your friends?
Catherine Taylor writing in The Telegraph said: Claimed to be the most underrated writer of the 20th century, the “other Elizabeth Taylor” comes into her own in the centenary of her birth with this first complete collection of her breathtakingly acute stories….Although her stories regularly appeared in The New Yorker and Vogue, Taylor’s avoidance of publicity and her work’s domestic setting ensured she was routinely overlooked; exceptionally, Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont (1971) was shortlisted for the Booker.