Elizabeth Jane Howard
|Elizabeth Jane Howard|
26 March 1923 |
London, England, UK
In 1951 she won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for her first novel, The Beautiful Visit. Six further novels followed, before she embarked on her best known work,The Cazalet Chronicle a family saga set in wartime England. The first four volumes were published between 1990-1995: The Light Years, Marking Time, Confusion, and Casting Off, with the fifth, All Change, published in 2013. The first two works were serialised by Cinema Verity for BBC Television as The Cazalets. Her novel, Getting It Right, was made into a 1989 movie with the same title, directed by Randal Kleiser. She has also written a book of short stories, Mr. Wrong, and edited two anthologies.
She married Peter Scott in 1942 and they had a daughter, Nicola (born 1943). Howard left Scott in 1946 and they were divorced in 1951. At this time she was employed as part-time secretary to the pioneering canals conservation organization the Inland Waterways Association, where she met and collaborated with Robert Aickman on "We Are for the Dark".
Her second marriage to Jim Douglas-Henry in 1958 was brief. Her third marriage to novelist Sir Kingsley Amis lasted from 1965 to 1983. Her stepson, Martin Amis, has credited her with encouraging him to become a more serious reader and writer.
- The Beautiful Visit. Jonathan Cape. 1950. ISBN 0-224-60977-7. Winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize
- We Are for the Dark: Six Ghost Stories. Jonathan Cape. 1951.(a collection containing three stories by Howard and three by Robert Aickman)
- The Long View. Jonathan Cape. 1956. ISBN 0-224-60318-3.
- The Sea Change. Jonathan Cape. 1959. ISBN 0-224-60319-1.
- After Julius. Jonathan Cape. 1965. ISBN 0-224-61037-6.
- Something in Disguise. Jonathan Cape. 1969. ISBN 0-224-61744-3.
- Odd Girl Out. Jonathan Cape. 1972. ISBN 0-224-00661-4.
- Mr. Wrong. Jonathan Cape. 1975.
- Getting It Right. Hamish Hamilton. 1982. ISBN 0-241-10805-5.
- The Light Years. Macmillan Publishers. 1990. ISBN 0-333-53875-7.
- Marking Time. Macmillan. 1991. ISBN 0-333-56596-7.
- Confusion. Macmillan. 1993. ISBN 0-333-57582-2.
- Casting Off. Macmillan. 1995. ISBN 0-333-60757-0.
- Falling. Macmillan. 1999. ISBN 0-333-73020-8.
- Slipstream. Macmillan. 2002. ISBN 0-333-90349-8.
- Three Miles Up and Other Strange Stories. ISBN 1-872621-75-9. (contains the three stories included in We Are for the Dark, plus Mr Wrong)
- Love All. Macmillan. 2008. ISBN 1-4050-4161-7.
- All Change. Macmillan. 2013. ISBN 0230743072.
- "IMDb profile of Getting It Right (film)".
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