Glyn, Elinor

Glyn, Elinor

▪ English author
née  Sutherland 
born Oct. 17, 1864, Jersey, Channel Islands
died Sept. 23, 1943, London

      English novelist and short-story writer known for her highly romantic tales with luxurious settings and improbable plots.

      As a young child Glyn read widely and precociously in her family library. Although she did not have any formal education, such friends as Lord Curzon, Lord Milner, and F.H. Bradley later filled in the gaps of her knowledge.

      Her first book, The Visits of Elizabeth, was an epistolary novel, consisting of a group of letters from a young girl to her mother, that described the foibles and philanderings of a group of European aristocrats. First serialized in the World, it was published in book form in 1900. Her acute powers of observation of the milieu in which she lived were evident in the work. Encouraged by the wide success of Visits, she wrote several more “society novels” before turning her attention to passionate romance. Although the society novels were greatly admired during her time, by later standards their main worth lies in her genuine storytelling ability.

      Three Weeks (1907), the story of a Balkan queen's adulterous relationship with an Englishman, caused a sensation. It was widely read and condemned. His Hour (1910), one of her best romances, was set in the court of St. Petersburg and was executed in a keenly observant style. In 1916 she wrote The Career of Katherine Bush, the first novel in which her heroine was not of aristocratic birth.

      After 1916 Glyn was forced to write out of necessity, having fallen deeply in debt, and her husband died the following year. In 1920 she began her career as a scriptwriter in Hollywood, where a number of her own novels were filmed, including Three Weeks and It (1927), which had an American setting. The film version of It for some years made the word “it” a synonym for sex appeal. Unable to manage her finances in Hollywood, she returned to England in 1929. She completed her autobiography, Romantic Adventure, in 1936.

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