The collected stories of Elizabeth Bowen

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Cape, 1980 - Fiction - 784 pages
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User Review  - 123bex - Goodreads

I had to read this for my MA and I am not sure I shall ever forgive the faculty. Two stars because she was a woman, she was queer, and the sheer body of work is impressive. But dear god, the tedium ... Read full review

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User Review  - Elizabeth Grubgeld - Goodreads

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

Contents

Introduction by Angus Wilson
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Breakfast
15
15
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Copyright

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About the author (1980)

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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