Elizabeth Jolley (4 June, 1923 – 13 February, 2007) was an Australian writer, novelist, and short story teller.
Fun Facts about Elizabeth Jolley:
- Elizabeth Jolley, born as Monica Elizabeth Knight, was born in Birmingham, England.
- She was educated privately until age 11, when she was sent to a Quaker boarding school around Banbury in Oxford called Sibford School.
- Ms. Jolley’s first book was published when she was 53 years old. Her writing career continued well into her 70s.
- Training as an orthopedic nurse the young woman fell in love with one of her patients – Leonard Jolley. Young Ms. Knight got pregnant by her patient, and she… moved in with him and his wife… who was also pregnant.
- In 1959 Elizabeth and Leonard moved to Australia and got married. They couple had three children, and lived in a Perth suburb called Claremont.
- Along with a mired of jobs, Mrs. Jolley wrote short stories, plays, and novels. She was taught writing at the Western Australian Institute of Technology, as well as Curtin University.
- Mrs. Jolley wrote for a long time before being published, one year she had 39 rejections.
- In 1998 Mrs. Jolley was named professor of Creative Writing at Curtin University.
- The author won many awards included The Age Book of the Year for Mr. Scobie’s Riddle and the Christina Stead Prize for fiction for Milk and Honey.
- Literary critic Peter Craven said that “She was a master of black comedy and she went on to write a wholly different form of autobiographical fiction that was lucid, luminous and calm”
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