Scope and Contents
The novels, the first and largest section, are arranged in chronological order by date of publication and include manuscripts, some typescripts, and, in three cases, corrected proof copies. The manuscript versions are, for the most part, the clean copies from which Mrs. Taylor's typist worked and, therefore, reflect the finished product more than the work in progress, though they do contain some additions, deletions, and emendations. In those instances where a manuscript is actually a working draft, the term "draft" has been used in the accompanying inventory to distinguish it as such. Mossy Trotter, the one children's book in the collection, is housed after the novels. It is represented by both manuscript and typescript versions. The thirty-three short stories make up the third section. They are arranged alphabetically by the first word in the title (including "A" and "The") and are, in most cases, present in both manuscript and typescript form. Like the novels, most of the short stories in manuscript form are clean copies; those not are designated drafts. The one play in the collection, "Hester Lilly," constitutes the fourth section. It consists of two complete manuscript drafts and one partial manuscript draft. The fifteen essays, reviews, biographical and autobiographical pieces in the fifth section are, like the short stories, arranged alphabetically by title (including "A" and "The"). Included are brief memoirs of Elizabeth Bowen, E.M. Forster, and Ivy Compton-Burnett. They are present in either manuscript or typescript form. Most of these are clean copies. Those which are not are identified as drafts. Finally, the sixth section consists of six transcriptions of BBC broadcasts arranged chronologically by date of transmission.
These materials are in English.
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Use and Copyright
This material is owned by the University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections. Unpublished manuscripts are under copyright. Therefore, permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from both the repository and the copyright holder.
Biographical / Historical
Elizabeth Taylor (1912-1975) has been characterized as a writer of "civilized intelligence and refined sensibility, elegant economy of style, and a sophisticated ironical wit tempered always by compassion." Like Jane Austen, the author to whom she is most often compared, her field of observation centered on the social milieu that she knew the best--the educated, comfortably well-off British middle class. But she also demonstrates a precise eye for the seedy and the shabby genteel and an exacting ear for dialogue. In short, as Gerald Sykes wrote in a 1954 New York Times review, "She has a woman's unfooled realism and sympathy and uses them to give quiet enjoyment to all who believe, despite our estranging new conveniences, that man is still the best show of all."
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