Elizabeth Bowen

Elizabeth Bowen (bō´Ĭn), 1899–1973, Anglo-Irish novelist, b. Dublin. In impeccable prose she treated love and frustration through studies of complex psychological relationships. Her novels include The Hotel (1927), To the North (1932), The House in Paris (1936), The Death of the Heart (1938), and The Heat of the Day (1949). In her last three novels—A World of Love (1955), Two Little Girls (1964), and Eva Trout; or, Changing Scenes (1968)—Bowen was less concerned with rendering reality than with exploring truths best expressed in myth or parable. Look at All Those Roses (1941), Ivy Gripped the Steps (1946), and A Day in the Dark and Other Stories (1965) are volumes of short stories. Nonfiction works include Bowen's Court (1942), on her ancestral home; The Shelbourne Hotel (1951); and Seven Winters; and Afterthoughts (1962), a collection of childhood memories and literary studies. Pictures and Conversations (1975) is a collection of miscellaneous writings, including portions of a novel and autobiography left unfinished at Bowen's death.

See biographies by E. J. Kenney (1975), V. Glendinning (1978), P. Craig (1987), and N. Corcoran (2005); studies by H. Blodgett (1975), H. Bloom, ed. (1987), A. E. Austin (rev. ed. 1989), P. Lassner (1991), A. Bennett and N. Royle (1994), R. C. Hoogland (1994), L. Christensen (2001), and M. Ellmann (2003).

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Elizabeth Bowen
Jocelyn Brooke.
Longmans, Green, 1952
The Cat Jumps: And Other Stories
Elizabeth Bowen.
J. Cape, 1949
People, Places, Things: Essays by Elizabeth Bowen
Elizabeth Bowen; Allan Hepburn.
Edinburgh University Press, 2008
Collected Impressions
Elizabeth Bowen.
Knopf, 1950
Why Do I Write? An Exchange of Views between Elizabeth Bowen, Graham Greene & V. S. Pritchett
Elizabeth Bowen; Graham Greene; V. S. Pritchett.
Percival Marshall, 1948
Elizabeth Bowen
Hopkins, Chris.
The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Vol. 21, No. 2, Summer 2001
Women in Twentieth-Century Literature: A Jungian View
Bettina L. Knapp.
Pennsylvania State University Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Elizabeth Bowen's Death of the Heart: The Teenage Archetype"
A Blurred Picture: Adolescent Girls Growing Up in Fanny Burney, George Eliot, Rosamond Lehmann, Elizabeth Bowen and Dacia Maraini
Giobbi, Giuliana.
Journal of European Studies, Vol. 25, No. 98, June 1995
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The Moral Argument of Elizabeth Bowen's Ghost Stories
Coates, John.
Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, Vol. 52, No. 4, Summer 2000
British Women Fiction Writers, 1900-1960
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, vol.1, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Elizabeth Bowen, 1899-1973" begins on p. 1
Elizabeth Bowen's "Her Table Spread": A Joycean Irish Story
Gonzalez, Alexander G.
Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 30, No. 3, Summer 1993
"Even a Shelter's Not Safe": The Blitz on Homes in Elizabeth Bowen's Wartime Writing
Miller, Kristine A.
Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 45, No. 2, January 1999
Nostalgic Narcissism in Comic and Tragic Perspectives: Elizabeth Bowen's Two Fictional Reworkings of a Tennyson Lyric
Bidney, Martin.
Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 33, No. 1, Winter 1996
"A More Sinister Troth": Elizabeth Bowen's "The Demon Lover" as Allegory
Calder, Robert L.
Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 31, No. 1, Winter 1994
Modern Irish Writers: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook
Alexander G. Gonzalez.
Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973)" begins on p. 29
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