Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Glyn, Elinor
Birth Name: Elinor Sutherland
Nickname: Nellie Sutherland
Married Name: Elinor Glyn
Indexed Name: Mrs Glyn
Self-constructed Name: Madame Glyn
, a highly prolific and popular twentieth-century romance novelist, also wrote comedies of manners, and screenplays (mostly for silent films). The sexual candour of her novels shocked her Edwardian public: she became particularly known for her term It—meaning personal sexual magnetism—and for her novella and silent film of that title. Over the course of her career, she wrote more than forty novels, adapted eight of them for film (all but two silent), as well as three volumes of short stories, three successive volumes on her thoughts and theories about love, and one on her writing process. During World War One, she wrote French propaganda for US journals, and throughout her career she wrote articles on love, fashion, beauty, and etiquette for magazines such as Cosmopolitan. She kept a journal throughout her life, but never published it. Her novels depict female sensuality and, often, illicit love affairs between older, dominant women and younger, impressionable men. Most of her central figures either come from the upper class, or climb the social ladder by marriage or good luck. EG
's writing is drenched in her romantic notion of love, which she saw as overwhelming, uncontrollable, passionate, sensual, selfless, idealistic, and chivalrous. In her fiction lovers often triumph over impossible situations before consummating their love. Her represention of female sensuality is compatible with advising women: Be elusive—always.
Glyn, Anthony. Elinor Glyn. Hutchinson, 1968.
Etherington-Smith, Meredith, and Jeremy Pilcher. The "It" Girls. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986.
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devoured every book she could get...
As a young adult CC
took on her own education. With varying degrees of success she studied grammar, elocution, French, and the violin. She also discovered the public library. Colleagues at work got her to...
G. B. Stern
gave a dinner-party at Quaglino's restaurant in London for sixty-four people, including a number of the famous (whom in relating this she calls plums), such as Elinor Glyn
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Intertextuality and Influence
As a young woman BC
immersed herself in books by Ethel M. Dell
, Elinor Glyn
, and Berta Ruck
, among others. Dell in particular had a lasting impact on her own writing.
Robyns, Gwen. Barbara Cartland. Doubleday, 1985.
Intertextuality and Influence
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's Six Weeks...
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Melman, Billie. Women and the Popular Imagination in the Twenties. Macmillan, 1988.
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Beauman, Nicola. A Very Great Profession: The Woman’s Novel 1914-39. Virago, 1983.
while her husband
was away during the First World War; she...
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. There was much debate over the real-life...
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's most widely-reviewed text, and received a mixed reception. Robert Liddell
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In later life Cartland made herself the custodian of the romance tradition by re-issuing a long list of her favourites—Ethel M. Dell
, Elinor Glyn
, E. M. Hull
, Berta Ruck
lost her suit for infringement of copyright against the producer of a film parodying her 1907 bestseller Three Weeks.