Elisabeth Sanxay Holding


Born
in Brooklyn, New York, The United States
June 18, 1889

Died
February 07, 1955

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Elisabeth Sanxay Holding (1889-1955) was born and brought up in New York and educated at Miss Whitcombe's and other schools for young ladies. In 1913 she married George Holding, a British diplomat. They had two daughters and lived in various South American countries, and then in Bermuda, where her husband was a government official. Elisabeth Sanxay Holding wrote six romantic novels in the 1920s but, after the stock market crash, turned to the more profitable genre of detective novels: from 1929-54 she wrote eighteen, as well as numerous short stories for magazines. In 1949 Raymond Chandler chose her as 'the best character and suspense writer (for consistent but not large production)', picking The Blank Wall (1947) as one of his favourites a ...more

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The Blank Wall

3.84 avg rating — 499 ratings — published 1947 — 7 editions
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The Innocent Mrs. Duff / Th...

3.49 avg rating — 81 ratings — published 1946 — 4 editions
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The Innocent Mrs. Duff

3.81 avg rating — 26 ratings — published 1963 — 2 editions
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Lady Killer

4.19 avg rating — 27 ratings — published 1942 — 4 editions
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The Girl Who Had to Die

3.58 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 1940 — 3 editions
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Net of Cobwebs

3.38 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 1945 — 6 editions
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The Death Wish: Net Of Cobwebs

3.60 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 1934 — 2 editions
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Who's Afraid?

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The Obstinate Murderer

3.29 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 2011 — 6 editions
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The Old Battle-Ax / Dark Power

4.14 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 2008
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“Her husband and her children did not consider her beyond criticism. She belonged to them; whatever she did affected them; their pride, their good name in the world lay in her hands. They would give her love, protection, even a sort of homage, but in return for that she must be what they wanted and needed her to be.”
Elisabeth Sanxay Holding, The Blank Wall

“People, by and large, weren't cruel, weren't heartless; it was simply that they couldn't believe anything could happen”
Elisabeth Sanxay Holding, Lady Killer

“Why is it 'housewife'? What would I call myself if we lived in a hotel? Nobody ever puts down just 'wife,' or even just 'mother.' If you haven't got a job, and you don't keep house, then you aren't anything. apparently. I wish I was something else. I mean, besides keeping house, I wish I was a designer, for instance. The children would think a lot more of me, if I was a designer. Maybe Tom would, too.”
Elisabeth Sanxay Holding, The Blank Wall

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