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Emma Tennant wrote and published in many genres between 1973 and the second decade of the twenty-first century, and often blended one genre with another. Bibliographic Citation link. At first a novelist (who later became a specialist in the creative revisiting of works by earlier writers, and later in sequels to Jane Austen and others), she founded and edited a literary magazine, and also published children's books, works on travel, rag rugs, and cookery, and impressionistic biography. She was best known for feminist satirical novels, and for her fictionalized memoirs of her family.
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20 October 1937 ET was born in London into a family of siblings and half-siblings from more than one marriage. Bibliographic Citation link.
1964 ET published her first novel, The Colour of Rain, under the pseudonym of 'Catherine Aydy', a name she was said to have chosen through "the manipulations of a ouija board." Bibliographic Citation link.
June 2001 ET published what one critic described as a kind of soap-opera biography or literary thriller about Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and Assia Wevill, The Ballad of Sylvia and Ted. Bibliographic Citation link.
21 January 2017 ET died at the age of seventy-nine. Bibliographic Citation link.
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