Elizabeth Jolley Essay - Elizabeth Jolley World Literature Analysis

Monica Elizabeth Knight

Elizabeth Jolley World Literature Analysis

A close observer of people and a skillful creator of plot, Jolley once said that she always began her fiction with her characters. In an interview conducted by Ray Willbanks in 1991, Jolley described the way her fiction developed, explaining that she did not write anything until she had “her people.” She then placed these people into a confrontation or some other circumstance and continued from there. The conflict in Jolley’s novels often results when one of the characters demands too much, or does not give enough, or when a relationship is challenged from without. “I’m very interested to observe that there are many relationships that really cannot stand an intruder,” Jolley said. She added that such intrusion could...

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