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Elinor Glyn Biography

(1864–1943), The Visits of Elizabeth, Three Weeks

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British novelist, born in Jersey; she was a prolific author of romantic and sensational books of which the first, The Visits of Elizabeth (1900), was a witty and sharply critical novel about the Edwardian upper classes. It was not until the publication of Three Weeks (1907) that she achieved notoriety through what was thought a shocking novel, describing the love affair of a Balkan queen who, desperate for an heir, takes as her lover a young English aristocrat; the novel shocked the Edwardians with its sensual imagery and its scenes on the famous tiger skin where the pair made love. In later life she lived in Hollywood and wrote screenplays. See also romantic fiction.

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