Elizabeth George Essay

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Elizabeth George

A Brief Biography of Elizabeth George
(with a smidgeon of literary criticism--
and a short bibliography)

Susan Elizabeth George was born on February 26, 1949, in Warren, Ohio, to Robert Edwin and
Anne (Rivelle) George. She married Ira Toibin, an education administrator, on May 28,
1971; they divorced in November, 1995. She received an A.A. from Foothill Community
College (Los Altos,


CA) in 1969, a B.A. in 1970 from the University of California at Riverside, and an M.S.
from California State University in 1979. She lists her political affiliation as
Democratic and her religion as "recovering from Catholicism."

Marjorie Rosen writes of her: "Growing up the only daughter of Robert George, an estimator
for a conveyor company, and his wife, Anne, a nurse, George was influenced early by her
parents' enthusiasm for literature. 'When my older brother, Rob, was 6, he was struck in
the eye by an arrow and had his eyes bandaged. My parents spent hours reading to him, and
I listened,' she

Ms. George and Titch--photo credit Patty Smiley
says. 'We weren't a family that had a lot of money. We turned to the world of
imagination.' At 7, George knew she wanted to write. She began turning out short stories
in elementary school after her mother gave her an old '30s typewriter, and she wrote her
first unpublished novel by the time she graduated from Holy Cross High School in Mountain
View."

She taught English at several California high schools and has conducted creative writing
courses at Coastline College (Costa Mesa, CA), Irvine Valley College (Irvine, CA), and the
University of California, Irvine. She was selected Teacher of the Year by the Orange
County Department of Education in 1981.

Contemporary Authors quotes Ms. George, "I'm often asked why I write about England. The
answer lies in my philosophy: 'Write about what interests you; write about what you love;
write about what gives you joy.' Writing is such a lovely torture, it seems silly to
engage in it if it's not directed towards something you love."

Ms. George states that her love of things British dates from a 1966 Shakespeare study trip to England

when she was 16. However, she told Valerie Takahama, "There's a part of writing these
novels that I really can't explain. ... When the plane comes down in England, I feel as if
I'm coming home." (She recently purchased a flat near Hyde Park in South Kensington,
London.)
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