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Elizabeth Jolley, writing in the later twentieth century, was called "the most comical and disturbing writer working in Australia today." Bibliographic Citation link. The author of some fifteen novels as well as plays, poetry, and short stories, she commands an adept use of black humour and satire which links her with the comic tradition of Evelyn Waugh, Muriel Spark, and Barbara Pym. Her habitual themes include displacement, confinement, and lesbian love. Her fiction and poetry appeared in Australian, American, and British literary journals, and her work has been translated into Spanish, German, Dutch, French and Greek.
4 June 1923 Elizabeth Knight (later EJ) was born in Birmingham to a Viennese mother and an English father; she was the elder of two girls. Bibliographic Citation link.
1960 EJ wrote her earliest published story, "A Hedge of Rosemary", in Australia this year. Bibliographic Citation link.
By late 1985 In Foxybaby, EJ for the second time used both for comic and metafictional purposes the device of a novel within a novel. Bibliographic Citation link.
13 February 2007 EJ died at Perth in Western Australia, after suffering for some years from dementia. Bibliographic Citation link.
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