Elizabeth Jane Howard
|Elizabeth Jane Howard|
26 March 1923|
London, England, UK
|Died||2 January 2014
Bungay, Suffolk, England, UK
|Occupation||Actress, model and novelist|
In 1951, she won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for her first novel, The Beautiful Visit (1950). Six further novels followed, before she embarked on her best known work, The Cazalet Chronicle, a family saga "about the ways in which English life changed during the war years, particularly for women". 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.
She also wrote a book of short stories, Mr. Wrong (1975), and edited two anthologies.
She married Peter Scott in 1942, at age 19, 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 the story collection, We Are for the Dark (1951).
Her second marriage, to Jim Douglas-Henry in 1958, was brief. Her third marriage, to novelist Sir Kingsley Amis who she met while helping organise the Cheltenham Literary Festival, lasted from 1965 to 1983; for part of that time, 1968–1976, they lived at Lemmons, a Georgian house in Barnet, where Howard wrote Something in Disguise (1969). 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.
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