Jenny Turner

Standard Name: Turner, Jenny


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Literary responses Muriel Spark
In a Guardian obituary Jenny Turner celebrated the typical, inimitable MS heroine (immaculately hatted and gloved, neatly wired into a personal hotline to God)and her sly, merry, ironically self-righteous . . . narrative voice.
Turner, Jenny. “Dame Muriel Spark”. Guardian Unlimited.
Literary responses Jeanette Winterson
Advance readers compared the book favourably to Winterson' s popular early novels, even though they considered it to contain the same excesses that readers disliked in later works. However, according to Elaine Showalter in the...
Literary responses Angela Carter
Jenny Turner wrote that in this first novel AC felt compelled to cram all her likes, dislikes, and anxieties into a modish early 1960s novel of beatnik shenanigans in the heightened kitchen-sink mode of Shena Mackay
Literary responses Angela Carter
Carter herself called this book a juicy, overblown, exploding gothic lollipop.
Turner, Jenny. “A New Kind of Being”. London Review of Books, No. 21, pp. 7 - 14.
Lorna Sage saw it as sceptically exploring Otherness, and demonstrating that escaping patriarchy does not mean escaping mythologies. Linden Peach commented that after...
Literary responses Angela Carter
Lorna Sage and Linden Peach both considered this book very useful as a context for reading AC 's fiction.
Peach, Linden. Angela Carter. St Martin’s Press, 1998.
Halio, Jay L., editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 14. Gale Research, 1983.
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ForJenny Turner it has the whooshing energy of deep release and satisfaction...
Literary responses Muriel Spark
This novel was nominated for the Booker McConnell Prize in the year of its publication.
Contemporary Authors: New Revision Series. Gale Research, 1981.
Reviews were a chorus of praise, with different commentators taking different views. A. S. Byatt saw the subject as...
Reception Jeanette Winterson
Fiammetta Rocco notes that the book adopts an extremely evangelical tone, but London Review of Books critic Jenny Turner deplores the fact that it has been long out of print.
Rocco, Fiammetta. “Winterson’s Discontent”. Vanity Fair, pp. 98 - 101, 128.
Turner, Jenny. “A Tulip and Two Bulbs”. London Review of Books, pp. 10 -11.


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