Alice Thomas Ellis

Standard Name: Ellis, Alice Thomas
Used Form: Anna Haycraft
Used Form: Anne Lindholm


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death Caroline Blackwood
Anna Haycraft (Alice Thomas Ellis) arrived at the deathbed with Lourdes holy water from which, Blackwood observed with true gallows humour, I might have caught my death.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Dedications Beryl Bainbridge
The manuscript of this book had been firmly dismissed, with negative comment on the imagery, diction, and spelling, in 1964 by BB 's then agent.
King, Brendan. Beryl Bainbridge. Bloomsbury .
New Authors, the brainchild of Graham Nicoll ...
Family and Intimate relationships Beryl Bainbridge
BB met Austin Davies , known as Ossie, in late 1950, when he was an art student drafted in to paint scenery for the Liverpool Repertory Company .
King, Brendan. Beryl Bainbridge. Bloomsbury .
He was enormously significant in...
Family and Intimate relationships Beryl Bainbridge
After BB 's affair with Clive de Pass ended, she allowed herself to become emotionally entangled with Colin Haycraft , her publisher at Duckworth.
King, Brendan. Beryl Bainbridge. Bloomsbury .
This love-affair ran concurrently with her professional relationships with both...
Friends, Associates Beryl Bainbridge
BB re-met Anna Haycraft by chance (some of their children were friends). Colin Haycraft was reputedly a misogynist who believed that non-fiction should be written by men and fiction by women, and on one occasion...
Friends, Associates Beryl Bainbridge
Her friendship with Anna Haycraft (always rather rocky because it co-existed with a love-triangle) came to an end in 2001 when Bainbridge talked in an interview about the Haycrafts' marriage.
King, Brendan. Beryl Bainbridge. Bloomsbury .
Friends, Associates Caroline Blackwood
CB 's first marriage was a period of intense socializing. She knew virtually everyone in bohemian as well as in fashionable London circles. The painter Francis Bacon , a close friend of her husband's, became...
Intertextuality and Influence Beryl Bainbridge
The married couple Colin Haycraft and Alice Thomas Ellis (herself a writer) both worked at Gerald Duckworth publishers, and met BB while she was working there as a clerk. They taught her to write properly...
Intertextuality and Influence E. M. Delafield
Recent critic Cynthia Zarin argues that through the Diary of a Provincial Lady books, EMDspawned a genre that would later be imitated by writers such as Shirley Jackson , publishing in the 1950s, and...
Literary responses Anita Brookner
Among other evaluations, Olga Kenyon admired AB 's capacity to represent the interiority and social frustrations of gifted undervalued women:
Skinner, John. The Fictions of Anita Brookner: Illusions of Romance. Macmillan.
women with twentieth-century awareness of their problems, which however are problems unchanged since...
Occupation Beryl Bainbridge
BB began working as a part-time clerk for the publishing firm Gerald Duckworth , where Colin Haycraft and his wife Anna (the writer Alice Thomas Ellis ) provided invaluable advice for her writing career.
Publishing Beryl Bainbridge
This was the first book she had published since the death of Colin Haycraft and after a determined attempt had been made to lure her away from Duckworth to Viking. The final offer made...
Textual Production Beryl Bainbridge
Hodder and Stoughton turned it down, then Chapman and Hall , then Chatto and Windus , all with words of encouragement which BB felt too insecure to take in. These were later joined by Weidenfeld and Nicolson
Textual Production Beryl Bainbridge
The title character was said to be based on BB 's lover Alan Sharp .
Clapp, Susannah. “The Buffalo in the Hall”. London Review of Books, Vol.
, No. 1, pp. 9-10.
Anna Haycraft , when she saw the first section in draft, insisted that Bainbridge must radically revise it. Choosing...
Textual Production Caroline Blackwood
CB collaborated with Anna Haycraft (Alice Thomas Ellis, who here, however, used her actual name) on a cookery book ironically entitled Darling, You Shouldn't Have Gone to So Much Trouble.
British Books in Print. J. Whitaker and Sons.
Blackwell’s Online Bookshop.


25 May 1995: Naim Attallah, proprietor of the Women's...

Writing climate item

25 May 1995

Naim Attallah , proprietor of the Women's Press, published his first novel, entitled A Timeless Passion. Like all his other works, it was later asserted to be actually ghost-written, every word, by his employee Jennie Erdal .


Blackwood, Caroline et al. Darling, You Shouldn’t Have Gone To So Much Trouble. Cape, 1980.