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: Selected full-text books and articles

Elizabeth Bowen By Jocelyn Brooke Longmans, Green, 1952
People, Places, Things: Essays by Elizabeth Bowen By Elizabeth Bowen; Allan Hepburn Edinburgh University Press, 2008
Collected Impressions By Elizabeth Bowen Knopf, 1950
Why Do I Write? An Exchange of Views between Elizabeth Bowen, Graham Greene & V. S. Pritchett By V. S. Pritchett; Elizabeth Bowen; Graham Greene Percival Marshall, 1948
Elizabeth Bowen By Hopkins, Chris The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Vol. 21, No. 2, Summer 2001
Women in Twentieth-Century Literature: A Jungian View By 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 By 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 By Coates, John Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, Vol. 52, No. 4, Summer 2000
British Women Fiction Writers, 1900-1960 By 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 By 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 By Miller, Kristine A Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 45, No. 2, January 1999
"A More Sinister Troth": Elizabeth Bowen's "The Demon Lover" as Allegory By Calder, Robert L Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 31, No. 1, Winter 1994
Modern Irish Writers: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook By Alexander G. Gonzalez Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973)" begins on p. 29
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