Brown, Susan, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, eds. Elizabeth Jenkins entry: Overview screen within Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Online, 2006. <http://orlando.cambridge.org/>. 04 December 2021.
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Elizabeth Jenkins, whose productive period extended from just after World War Two into the twenty-first century, was the author of half a dozen historical biographies and twice that many novels (several of which portray women in the position of victims of one kind or another), besides a play, book reviews, and a memoir. Some of her works have been often reprinted.
31 October 1905 EJ was born at Brockton House, Hitchin, in Hertfordshire, a Victorian gothic building in soft red brick. Bibliographic Citation link.
12 September 1938 EJ published a critical biography of another author of the past, Jane Austen, for some of whose works she also wrote introductions. Bibliographic Citation link.
By mid-April 1954 EJ published a novel, The Tortoise and the Hare, about a sweet-natured, nervous, submissive middle-class wife whose marriage collapses in face of rivalry from a determined though not conventionally attractive woman. Bibliographic Citation link.
By late 2004 EJ titled her memoirs from her Hampstead address: The View from Downshire Hill. They were published at Norwich, lightly edited by her nephew Sir Michael Jenkins. Bibliographic Citation link.
5 September 2010 EJ died in a Hampstead nursing home at the age of one hundred and four. Bibliographic Citation link.
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