Although she wrote short stories throughout her life, Elizabeth Bowen never collected all of them into volumes. Owing to indifference or forgetfulness, she omitted at least twenty-eight tales from the books of short fiction that she assembled over the course of her career. These stories are gathered here for the first time. Two of them rank among her most accomplished: “The Lost Hope” and “Flowers Will Do.” Others, especially “Salon des Dames,” “The Bazaar,” “Miss Jolley Has No Plans for the Future,” and “Women in Love,” afford insight into Bowen's technique and preoccupations. Despite the fact that some of these stories remain unfinished, they . . .
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