Elizabeth Jolley


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Australian novelist, poet, and playwright, born in Birmingham. She moved to Western Australia in 1959. Her first book was not published until 1976, but she went on to produce short‐story collections, novels, non‐fiction works, and several radio plays. Her writing is characterized by a recurring sense of alienation and displacement, its source revealed in the semi‐autobiographical trilogy My Father's Moon (1989), Cabin Fever (1990), and George's Wife (1993). Here, as in other novels, the tone is one of deep sadness, and the structure is musical, employing repetitions, recurring moods, and images to build a resonant symbolism. Many of her earlier novels combine dark comedy, often centred on eccentricity and bizarre behaviour, with Gothic plots and surprises.

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