Southern Great Britain and Northern France in the English
Channel are the Channel Islands, one of which is Jersey, the
place where Elinor Sutherland Glyn was born. When Elinor was
three months of age her father died, and Elinor's mother
returned to the parental home located in Ontario, Canada. It was
here Elinor and her sister, Lucy, were schooled by their
aristocratic French grandmother, a member of the the royal
circles and was a strong influence. Later, her mother remarried
and they returned to the island of Jersey.
Elinor did marry landowner Clayton Glyn, but he became a drunk,
bankrupt and died leaving her penniless. It was mandatory she
earn a living by writing.
Elinor became a
British novelist and script writer cornering the market on
erotic fiction. Her sexy romantic novels were filled with
action. The novels: His Hour, Halcyon, The Man
and His Master, and The Career of Catherine Brown
were all the rage and mirrored her private fantasies with their
aristocratic heroines and dashing heroes. It, Three
Weeks, and Beyond the Rocks also very racy,
celebrated her as the author of best sellers in the early part
of the 20th century.
Because of the
popularity and international fame of her books, Glyn was called
to Hollywood. One of her best known works was It which
was filmed by Hollywood with Clara Bow as the star. For this
reason, Clara Bow became world famous as the "It" girl. Elinor
also became a scriptwriter for the silent movie business and had
a short career as the earliest female director.