The collected stories of Elizabeth Bowen

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Knopf, Feb 12, 1981 - Fiction - 784 pages
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Seventy-seven stories by the acclaimed Irish writer range from the 1920s to the present and demonstrate the immediacy of her vision, her intense sense of place and character, and her mastery of the short-story form

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User Review  - Elizabeth Grubgeld - Goodreads

Wry, urbane, devastating, subtle. What more could you ask? Read full review

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User Review  - Cynthia - Goodreads

My paperback copy from the 80s has disintegrated along with the glue, and long before I got to all the stories. The handful of supernatural stories such as "The Demon Lover" are really wonderful. I'm ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction by Angus Wilson
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Breakfast
15
Daffodils
21
Copyright

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About the author (1981)

Elizabeth Bowen, distinguished Anglo-Irish novelist, was born in Dublin in 1899, traveled extensively, lived in London, and inherited the family estate-Bowen's Court, in County Cork. Her account of the house, Bowen's Court (1942), with a detailed fictionalized history of the family in Ireland through three centuries, has charm, warmth, and insight. Seven Winters is a fragment of autobiography published in England in 1942. The "Afterthoughts" of the original edition are critical essays in which she discusses and analyzes, among others, such literary figures as Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster, Katherine Mansfield, Anthony Trollope, and Eudora Welty. Bowen's stories, mostly about people of the British upper middle class, portray relationships that are never simple, except, perhaps, on the surface. Her concern with time and memory is a major theme. Beautifully and delicately written, her stories, with their oblique psychological revelations, are symbolic, subtle, and terrifying. A Time in Rome (1960) is her brilliant evocation of that city and its layered past. In 1948, Bowen was made a Commander of the British Empire. Bowen died in 1973.

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