Note from Eloisa:
I grew up on a steady diet of fairy tales, since my father, Robert Bly, was fascinated by them. Years later, when I was in graduate school, he wrote a long analysis of one such story, called Iron John. When I was a child, he was just breaking into fairy tale analysis, as it were. I have a distinct memory of being challenged to give a psychological explanation of the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. I haven’t the faintest idea what I said; what I do remember is my father saying with real surprise in his voice: “That was brilliant. You’re a natural!” My father is a poet and a deeply loving father—but at times he was so caught in a web of words that he didn’t notice the children milling about him. I rejoiced in having caught his attention, and I don’t suppose it will surprise anyone to find that I’m now a professor of English literature, with a penchant for rewriting fairy stories. While I am not interested in the kind of cultural analysis my father did in Iron John, I inherited his fascination with the complexity of literary texts.
writes a feature column every month for Barnes & Noble’s
Review website, an online publication that aims to bring serious readers
smart and useful appraisals of current books. She has written about the
socio-economic status of vampires and the Ovidian strains in contemporary
romance. She’s been called the Lionel Trilling of romance critics – and
her column is so popular that B&N commissioned a portrait just for
Eloisa's Archived Columns.
Eloisa's father is Robert Bly, winner of the American
Book Award for poetry. She's described herself
as feeling as if she were Gilbert and Sullivan
-- born into the family of Bach! One of Eloisa's recent books is the tale of a young woman growing up with an eccentric, dramatic poet for a father! Desperate Duchesses is dedicated to Robert Bly.
The public was fascinated – Desperate Duchesses hit #5 on the Publishers' Weekly Mass Market Bestseller List – as well as 15 on the New York Times!
Several of Eloisa's books (Enchanting Pleasures, Pleasure for Pleasure, and Much Ado About You) feature plump, curvy heroines. Eloisa's work often breaks all the so-called "rules" for romance--what other romance writer has featured a hero who annulled his first marriage on the grounds of impotence?
James is a professor of English literature,
specializing in Shakespeare. She teaches at
Fordham University in New York City. Oxford
University Press published her academic book
lives in New York City during the school year,
and in Florence, Italy, during the summers.
Her husband is a cavaliere, an Italian
Twenty of Eloisa's books are bestsellers, reaching as high as #5 on the New York Times Bestseller List.
See the whole
books have been published in China, England, France, Germany, Holland, Indonesia,
Italy, Japan, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Russia and Thailand. She's
a hard-cover bestseller in Holland and Spain.
has approximately 3.5 million books in print in thirteen languages.
James is the daughter of poet Robert
of the American Book Award for Poetry) and
short story author Carol
Bly. Her father is
a big fan.
James's godfather was the poet James Wright,
winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his Collected
Poems. Among those poems – and
one of Wright's most beloved – is a poem
written for his goddaughter, Mary Bly (aka
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Eloisa in the New York Times Book Review! The Times asked Eloisa what she had learned about love — from literature. Naturally, she talked about Romeo and Juliet.
In 2012, Eloisa gave a talk at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. and wrote an essay about it for the Washington Post.
Eloisa was featured in the
Wall Street Journal video, "The Hidden Life of a Romance Writer." Watch the video.
Eloisa's "Bringing Past Sex to Life is Complicated" was featured on CNN.com. Click here to read the article.
Featured in the Connecticut Post, Eloisa delivers the keynote speech at North Haven Fiction Fest. Click to read the article here:
The February 14th, 2011 issue of TV Guide features Eloisa's op-ed about the TV show House and When Beauty Tamed the Beast! Read the article (in a pop-up window) or read it online.
Eloisa's was interviewed by Inside Jersey Magazine. Click on this thumbnail image for a closer look, or read the interview online.
Release (posted May 2010): A Kiss at Midnight
Pleasure for Pleasure was featured in the March 2010 Entertainment
Weekly magazine. Click on thumbnail below to see more.
Southest Review interviewed Eloisa in early 2010, where she discusses
the influence of the internet on her novels, her parents' reactions
to her books, and more. Read
the article here!
delivered Friday’s Keynote at RWA’s 2009
National Convention. (Click photo for a larger pop-up)
Today featured Eloisa,
Julia Quinn, and others in a recent article. Read
Jersey Monthly featured Eloisa in their June '09 issue.
Times says Eloisa "savors bodice-busting romances." Read
April, Eloisa appeared on the keynote panel, as well as giving an academic
talk on romance at Princeton University’s first conference on popular
romance. Check out the conference
Release (posted May 2009): This
Duchess of Mine
Romance: St. Paul Pioneer Press features
Eloisa in their Daily Life section. To
view, click on thumbnail below.
New York Times opinion piece. To read Eloisa's
defense of the romance genre, click on
For more articles, read about Eloisa in the press »