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Catalog Number 2007.2.1
Object Name Book
Title Elizabeth Visits America
Date 1909
Year Range from 1905
Year Range to 1914
Description This hard cover book is green in colour with a white line boarder and white lettering. The spine has faded, but it looks like it was white lettering as well. The cover is a textured surface and there are 349 pages.
This "racy" novel, "Elizabeth visits America" was written in the early 20th century by Elinor Sutherland Glyn who was a writer of women's erotic fiction. Glyn, born Elinor Sutherland in the Jersey Channel Islands on October 17, 1864, moved to Guelph in 1865 after her father's death; her mother, born Elinor Saunders, moved to her parental home in Guelph. Here, Elinor Glyn was schooled by her grandmother, a minor French aristocrat, until 1871. On Glyn's return to Europe, this training gave her an entry into aristocratic circles and led her to be considered an authority on style and breeding when she worked in Hollywood in the 1920s. It has been said that she helped transform Gloria Swansen into the star she became. Glyn pioneered mass-market women's erotic fiction, and eventually moved to Hollywood and in the 1920s, was a script-writer for the silent movie industry. She coined the use of "IT" as a euphemism for sexuality , or sex appeal. In Hollywood, she promoted the concept of "the vamp", which Clara Bow, the actress, made popular as the "IT Girl". Glyn also had a brief career as one of the earliest female directors.
Glyn died in London, England on Sept. 23. 1943.
People Glyn, Elinor Sutherland