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Susan Elizabeth George Essay

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Susan Elizabeth George is a competent British author with a rich background. She wrote many distinguished books and won numerous awards, which all began when she was a teacher at El Toro High School. She writes mystery murders, which gained widespread popularity. From an article from The New York Times, Mel Gussow described George as ''a master of the English mystery, with an ear for local language and an eye for the inner workings of Scotland Yard'' (Gussow). George has a productive and fulfilling life accompanied by her many successful novels and awards.

Susan Elizabeth George, who now goes by Elizabeth George, has an interesting life before and after she published her first book, The Great Deliverance. Elizabeth George was born on February 26, 1949, Ohio, in the city of Warren. George's writing career can be traced back to her childhood, when her mother gave her a typewriter. Before becoming a high school teacher, George graduated from the University of California in Riverside. Later, she received a master's degree in Counseling/Psychology at California State University in Fullerton. As a teacher, she was first employed in Santa Ana at Mater Dei High School. After George, including ten other teachers, were fired for a struggle for organized labor, she moved on to teaching English in Lake Forest at El Toro High School. She stayed at El Toro High School for ten years and was awarded Orange County Teacher of the Year. In 1988, at the age of 39, George published her first book, The Great Deliverance. From there, she quit her educating career and pursued a writing career. George in total wrote nineteen more books and gained recognition and awards for them, which of many are from her first book, The Great Deliverance.

Speaking of The Great Deliverance, the book has brought her popularity into the literature world. To summarize, it starts about 300 years before the actual story takes place, when a group of raiders sacked a village in Keldale valley. The population took refuge in an abbey, and to avoid the raiders from finding them, they had to silence a child because of his loud weeping. In present day, the voice of the infant can still be heard in the valley. Coincidently, a murder occurred in the valley, and two inspectors were sent. They had found who did it but the town refuses that she is guilty. As the story progresses, the two inspectors unravel revelations that will influence the area as well as their lives. The Great Deliverance received numerous positive reviews from a multitude of popular magazines and newspapers. The book also received many prestigious awards, like the Anthony Award, the Agatha Award, and lastly, France's Le Grand Prix de Literature Policiere. Many nominations were also present for the Edgar and the Macavity Awards. As the Daily Times and Dorothy...

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