Elizabeth Jenkins

Standard Name: Jenkins, Elizabeth
Birth Name: Margaret Elizabeth Heald Jenkins
EJ , 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.


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Cultural formation Elizabeth Bowen
Elizabeth Jenkins observed that EB , elegant as she was in style, was highly sexed and attractive to men. She bore about her the aroma of passionate experiences.Molly Keane wrote that at parties all...
death Theodora Benson
Her brother-in-law persuaded a reluctant Elizabeth Jenkins to write her Times obituary.
Jenkins, Elizabeth. The View from Downshire Hill. Michael Johnson, 2004.
Family and Intimate relationships Antonia White
This was three months after the annulment of AW 's first marriage came through. Eric had a job with the Foreign Office .
Dunn, Jane. Antonia White: A Life. Jonathan Cape, 1998.
Vaux, Anna. “Biscuits. Oh good!”. London Review of Books, pp. 32 - 4.
They were married for five years, successfully, without any sexual...
Friends, Associates Theodora Benson
TB enjoyed a wide circle of friends both literary and non-literary. The former included Rose Macaulay and Howard Spring . She met her future collaborator Betty Askwith (daughter of an old friend of her mother's)...
Friends, Associates Stella Gibbons
In 1954 SG became concerned that her literary career was running down. At the instigation of her friend and fellow novelist Elizabeth Jenkins , she enlisted a new literary agent, Curtis Brown , who helped...
Friends, Associates Margaret Kennedy
Other women writers with whom MK established friendships included Lettice Cooper , Phyllis Bentley (who had also been at Cheltenham ), Marghanita Laski , Elizabeth Jenkins , and Rose Macaulay . These authors supported and...
Friends, Associates Marghanita Laski
ML was a friend of a number of other women writers (besides her fellow Charlotte Yonge enthusiasts Elizabeth Jenkins , Georgina Battiscombe , and Lettice Cooper ), notably Margaret Kennedy (whom her husband published) and Betty Miller .
Friends, Associates Norah Lofts
NL rarely associated with other authors, though she was a friend of the popular writer Elizabeth Jenkins , whose interests, like her own, were historical.
Contemporary Authors: New Revision Series. Gale Research, 1981.
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Bowen
EB loved Oxford (where she and her husband spent ten years) and became a social success there. She met and became friends with John and Susan Buchan , and it was through them that she...
Leisure and Society Marghanita Laski
ML co-founded the Charlotte M. Yonge Society , along with friends and fellow writers and Yonge enthusiasts Elizabeth Jenkins , Georgina Battiscombe , and Lettice Cooper , among others.
Laski, Marghanita, and Georgina Battiscombe, editors. A Chaplet for Charlotte Yonge. Cresset Press, 1965.
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Literary responses Stella Gibbons
The publisher had no shortage of praise to quote in advertising material. Elizabeth Goudge called the book the most exciting story and generally agreed with Elizabeth Jenkins 's point that it achieved a truly remarkable...
Literary responses Theodora Benson
Richard Sunne wrote in the New Statesman and Nation of Shallow Water, Miss Benson's soufflé is perfect, and she serves it under a magical salamander, so that each piece retains its lightness and its...
Literary responses Margaret Kennedy
The biography, which reads like a handbook, was not reviewed positively by the Times Literary Supplement.
Powell, Violet. The Constant Novelist. W. Heinemann, 1983.
The review described it as well-written lecture notes and suggested that it might be thought superfluous.
Powell, Violet. The Constant Novelist. W. Heinemann, 1983.
Literary responses Theodora Benson
Her friend Elizabeth Jenkins referred years later to Benson's amateurish but charming novels.
Jenkins, Elizabeth. The View from Downshire Hill. Michael Johnson, 2004.
She wrote that TB had enjoyed a succès d'estime with her early works in the pensive, débutante style. After that she...
Literary responses Theodora Benson
Elizabeth Jenkins wrote that The White Sea Monkey was not only the most terrifying story I ever read, but the most characteristic expression of her, in its agonized compassion and its understanding of the human...


25-26 June 1483
The child King Edward V was deposed, and Richard III assumed the throne of England.
22 July 1949
The house in the village of Chawton in Hampshire where Jane Austen lived with her mother and sister from 1809 until her death was opened to the public, having been bought for three thousand pounds...
Early 1957
John Braine 's novelRoom at the Top was published by Gollancz after eight rejections, on the advice of Elizabeth Jenkins in her capacity as publisher's reader.
TLS Centenary Archive Centenary Archive [1902-2012].
(1 March 1957): 125
Jenkins, Elizabeth. The View from Downshire Hill. Michael Johnson, 2004.