Tuesday, 20 February 2007

Elizabeth Jolley's passing away last week has garnered adequate press, it seems to me, for a celebrated Australian writer. First the blogs...

Perry at Matilda, summarises the report that appeared in The Age.

At BiblioBillaBong, Ron says that her death is "a real loss to Australian writing".

Maintaining its relevance (as always) and exercising its broad-ranging eye, The Literary Saloon also covered the story.

As for the newspapers...

The Sydney Morning Herald has run a one-page obituary. Deviating from common practice, the paper placed the link to the story in the main 'Entertainment' list of links which is, in general, home to features on the more popular arts: cinema, popular music, celebrities.

The Age ran their story in the 'Books' section, as is customary.

The Australian put its story in the 'Books' section too.

The West Australian published the AAP story on its Web site.

On Web-only news sites...

News.com covered the story in its 'Perth Now' incarnation.

There's a story also on Nine MSN.

On other media...

The ABC ran a story on its Web site. And on the 7.00 News, David Malouf was to be seen saying that Jolley's prose was deceptively simple. In reality, he said, it was "extremely elegant".


There was no mention of the event in The Guardian nor, as far as I can tell, on other non-Australian Web-based media vehicles.

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