- Theory of Short Fiction (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
- Mavis Gallant (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
- Mavis Gallant (Identities & Issues in Literature)
- Mavis Gallant (Critical Survey of Long Fiction, Fourth Edition)
- Mavis Gallant (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
At a glance:
- Author: Mavis de Trafford Young
- First Published: 1960
- Type of Plot: Domestic realism
- Time of Work: The late 1950’s
- Setting: Italian Riviera
- Characters: Lily Littel, Vanessa Freeport, Edith Garnett
- Genres: Short fiction, Domestic realism
- Subjects: 1950's, Class consciousness, England or English people, Hotels, motels, or inns, Landlords or tenants, Drinking or drunkenness, Servants, Aristocracy or aristocrats, Widows or widowers, Tourist trade, Italy or Italians
- Locales: Europe, Italy, Riviera
Lily Littel is a rather wilted “Lily-girl” from London, with champagne taste on a ginger-ale budget. Although her name and accent betray humble social origins, she aspires to live like the aristocracy. She lost her working-class husband, Cliff, during World War II, or perhaps simply lost interest in him, and began calling herself “Miss” Littel. She served for eight years as the paid companion of an elderly lady and received a modest bequest in the lady’s will. She now spends most of the year in a pensione on the Italian Riviera, which is all that her...
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