Writing in The New York Times, Margalit Fox states that Elizabeth Jolley “was ultimately beyond category”

Margalit Fox

Margalit Fox

Writing in The New York Times, Margalit Fox states that Elizabeth Jolley, the English-born Australian author who was born today in history, 04 June, 1923, “was ultimately beyond category”:

“An idiosyncratic stylist whose dark, delicately brooding novels of social dysfunction were sometimes described as Australian gothic, Ms. Jolley had the quality of an antipodean Shirley Jackson. But if the critics agreed on anything after trying and repeatedly failing to liken Ms. Jolley to other writers — the usual suspects were Barbara Pym, Evelyn Waugh, Flannery O’Connor and Edgar Allan Poe — it was that she was ultimately beyond category.”

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