This early work by Elinor Glyn was originally published in 1912 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'The Reason Why' is a novel about an impoverished countess and an arranged marriage that she wishes to avoid. Elinor Glyn was born on 17th October 1864 in Saint Helier, Jersey. She was the youngest daughter of a civil engineer, Douglas Southerland, and his wife Elinor Saunders. Elinor Glyn began her writing career in 1900 and was a pioneer of the risqué and romantic fiction genre. She went on to write many popular books such as 'Beyond the Rocks' (1906), 'Love's Blindness' (1926), and 'It' (1927), in which she coined the term 'It', meaning the animal magnetism that some individuals possess.