Alison Lurie Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Alison Lurie Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Alison Lurie’s novels are known for their comedy andsatire, and her acute observation is most often trained on the complications of love, marriage, and friendship as they affect the lives of the upper classes, the educated, and the academic. Many of her novels take place at the fictional Convers College in New England or at Corinth University in upstate New York (based on Cornell University) or concern characters who teach at or have been associated with Corinth. These novels are not, however, all academic satire; the academics often travel to other places or become involved in issues beyond the campus.

Lurie’s style is most often detached and ironic, a treatment that has won for her both blame and praise. Her...

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