Elizabeth Jolley

Standard Name: Jolley, Elizabeth
Birth Name: Monica Elizabeth Knight
Married Name: Monica Elizabeth Jolley
EJ , writing in the later twentieth century, was called the most comical and disturbing writer working in Australia today.
Bird, Delys, and Brenda Walker, editors. Elizabeth Jolley: New Critical Essays. Angus and Robertson.
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.


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Intertextuality and Influence Penelope Shuttle
PSwrites five mornings per week and, when a fragment hits, always has a notebook to hand. She always leaves first drafts to settle for a few weeks. Influences on her writing, she says, include...
Textual Features Angela Carter
It includes work by Katherine Mansfield , Leonora Carrington , Elizabeth Jolley , Jamaica Kincaid , and Carter herself. She carefully avoided identifying bad girls with sexual profligates, but looked for a certain cussedness, a bloodymindedness..
Laws-Wall, Lydia. “One of a kind”. Mslexia, No. 48, p. 53.
Textual Features Shena Mackay
The stories here deal with all kinds of complexity and nuance in the sisterly relationship. The collection ends, as the introduction begins, with Christina Rossetti 's Goblin Market. The nineteenth century is further represented...


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Jolley, Elizabeth. An Innocent Gentleman. Viking, 2001.
Jolley, Elizabeth. Central Mischief. Editor Lurie, Caroline, Viking, 1992.
Jolley, Elizabeth. Fellow Passengers. Editor Milech, Barbara H., Penguin, 1997.
Jolley, Elizabeth. Five Acre Virgin, and Other Stories. Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1976.
Jolley, Elizabeth. Foxybaby. Viking, 1985.
Jolley, Elizabeth. Foxybaby. University of Queensland Press, 1985.
Jolley, Elizabeth. Milk and Honey. Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1984.
Jolley, Elizabeth. Miss Peabody’s Inheritance. University of Queensland Press, 1983.
Jolley, Elizabeth. Mr. Scobie’s Riddle. Penguin, 1983.
Jolley, Elizabeth. My Father’s Moon. Penguin, 1989.
Jolley, Elizabeth. Palomino. Outback Press, 1980.
Jolley, Elizabeth. Stories. Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1984.
Jolley, Elizabeth. The Sugar Mother. Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1988.
Jolley, Elizabeth, and Richard Jolley. The Travelling Entertainer, and Other Stories. Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1979.
Jolley, Elizabeth. The Well. Penguin, 1986.