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Elizabeth Bowen (1) (1899–1973)

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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 näytä lisää 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. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

Tekijän teokset

Sydämen kuolema (1938) 1,702 kappaletta
The Heat of the Day (1948) 1,104 kappaletta
The Last September (1929) 1,008 kappaletta
Talo Pariisissa (1935) 889 kappaletta
Eva Trout (1968) 442 kappaletta
Kohti pohjoista (1932) 399 kappaletta
Ikuiset tytöt (1964) 382 kappaletta
A World of Love (1955) 349 kappaletta
The Hotel (1927) 224 kappaletta
Friends And Relations (1931) 171 kappaletta
A Time in Rome (1960) 160 kappaletta
Bowen's Court (1942) 95 kappaletta
The Demon Lover (1943) 60 kappaletta
English Novelists (1942) 46 kappaletta
The Shelbourne (1951) 44 kappaletta
Bowen's Court & Seven Winters (1984) 36 kappaletta
Elizabeth Bowen's Irish Stories (1978) 33 kappaletta
Stories by Elizabeth Bowen (1959) 26 kappaletta
Collected impressions (1950) 24 kappaletta
Pictures and conversations (1974) 23 kappaletta
Seven Winters (1942) 23 kappaletta
Look at All Those Roses (1941) 22 kappaletta
Encounters : early stories (1923) 19 kappaletta
34 Short Stories (1957) — Toimittaja — 14 kappaletta
The Cat Jumps (1949) 12 kappaletta
Early Stories (1950) 10 kappaletta
Afterthought (1962) 9 kappaletta
Emmeline (2008) 8 kappaletta
The Bazaar and Other Stories (2008) 8 kappaletta
The Good Tiger (1965) 6 kappaletta
Selected Stories (1946) 6 kappaletta
Joining Charles (1929) 5 kappaletta
A Day in the Dark (1966) 4 kappaletta
Erzählungen (2000) 4 kappaletta
Mysterious Kor 3 kappaletta
Ann Lee's : & other stories (1926) 3 kappaletta
Telling [short story] 2 kappaletta
Sunday Afternoon 2 kappaletta
Green Holly 1 kappale
Casa en París, La (1980) 1 kappale
Spookverhalen 1 kappale
anything 1 kappale
Pink May 1 kappale
Reduced 1 kappale
Bowen Elizabeth 1 kappale
Maria 1 kappale
The Faber Book of Modern Stories — Toimittaja — 1 kappale

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The Oxford Book of Short Stories (1981) — Avustaja — 515 kappaletta
The World of the Short Story: A 20th Century Collection (1986) — Avustaja — 465 kappaletta
The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (1989) — Avustaja — 433 kappaletta
Great Irish Tales of Horror: A Treasury of Fear (1995) — Avustaja — 326 kappaletta
A Treasury of Short Stories (1947) — Avustaja — 296 kappaletta
A World of Great Stories (1947) — Avustaja — 263 kappaletta
Christmas Stories (Everyman's Library) (2007) — Avustaja — 258 kappaletta
The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women (1995) — Avustaja — 166 kappaletta
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The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction (1999) — Avustaja — 151 kappaletta
Randall Jarrell's Book of Stories (1958) — Avustaja — 145 kappaletta
The Virago Book of Ghost Stories (2006) — Avustaja — 141 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories (2007) — Avustaja — 136 kappaletta
The Penguin Book of Irish Short Stories (1981) — Avustaja — 133 kappaletta
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Avustaja — 119 kappaletta
Classic Irish Short Stories (1957) 119 kappaletta
The Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1990) — Avustaja — 100 kappaletta
Great Irish Detective Stories (1993) — Avustaja — 89 kappaletta
The Treasury of English Short Stories (1985) — Avustaja — 84 kappaletta
65 Great Spine Chillers (1988) — Avustaja — 82 kappaletta
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The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1996) — Avustaja — 72 kappaletta
Nightshade: 20th Century Ghost Stories (1999) — Avustaja — 65 kappaletta
Modern English Short Stories: Second Series (1911) — Avustaja — 63 kappaletta
Love Stories (1983) — Avustaja — 61 kappaletta
Into the London Fog: Eerie Tales from the Weird City (2020) — Avustaja — 57 kappaletta
The Third Ghost Book (1955) — Avustaja — 57 kappaletta
The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers (2015) — Avustaja — 57 kappaletta
The Second Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1966) — Avustaja — 56 kappaletta
The Norton Book Of Ghost Stories (1994) — Avustaja — 50 kappaletta
Alfred Hitchcock's Fear and Trembling (1948) — Avustaja — 49 kappaletta
Revenge: Short Stories by Women Writers (1990) — Avustaja — 49 kappaletta
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The Haunted Library: Classic Ghost Stories (2016) — Avustaja — 42 kappaletta
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The Anchor Book of New Irish Writing (2000) — Avustaja — 39 kappaletta
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A Roman Collection: Stories, Poems, and Other Good Pieces (1980) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
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British and American Essays, 1905-1956 (1959) — Avustaja — 7 kappaletta
Shudders (1929) — Avustaja — 7 kappaletta
Ellery Queen’s Eleven Deadly Sins (1991) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
When Churchyards Yawn (1963) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 2nd Series (1983) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta
Evergreen Stories (1998) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta
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Gespenster — Avustaja — 1 kappale

Merkitty avainsanalla


Kanoninen nimi
Bowen, Elizabeth
Virallinen nimi
Cameron, Elizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen
Muut nimet
Bowen, Bitha
St Colman's Church, Farahy, County Cork, Ireland
Dublin, Ierland
Londen, Engeland, Groot-Brittannië
Dublin, Ireland
Farahy, Ireland
Hythe, England, UK
Regent's Park, London, England, UK
Headington, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Downe House School, Kent, England, UK
short story writer
Ritchie, Charles (lover)
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Order of the British Empire (Commander, 1948)
Companion of Literature (1965)
Doctor of Letters, Trinity College, Dublin
Doctor of Letters, Oxford University (1956)
Lacy Martin Donnelly Fellow (1956)
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Elizabeth Bowen was born in Dublin in 1899, the only child of an Irish lawyer and landowner. Her book Bowen's Court (1942) is the history of her family and their house in County Cork. Throughout her life, she divided her time between London and Bowen's Court, which she inherited. She had friends among the Bloomsbury Group, and was close to Rose Macaulay, who helped her find a publisher for her first book, a collection of short stories called Encounters (1923). During World War II, Elizabeth Bowen lived in London and worked for the British Ministry of Information. She received acclaim for her novels and short story collections, was awarded the CBE (Companion of the Order of the British Empire) in 1948, and was made a Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature in 1965. She died in 1973.



After having failed at finishing The Diary of a Country Priest, I thought I would give this a try. Maybe it's the weather, but I didn't like this any better than the other, in fact I liked it less. I love how Bowen chooses her words. But I don't like the story she tells. So I gave up on this one too, except unlike the other that went back onto my TBR shelf for another day, this one goes into the giveaway pile.
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dvoratreis | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 22, 2024 |
I should never write what had happened down. One's nature is to forget, and one ought to go by that. Memory is quite unbearable enough, but even so it leaves out quite a lot. It wouldn't let one down as gently, even, as that if it weren't more than half a fake—we remember to suit ourselves. [...] If one didn't let oneself swallow some few lies, I don't know how one would ever carry the past. Thank God, except at its one moment there’s never any such thing as a bare fact. Ten minutes later, half an hour later, one’s begun to gloze the fact over with a deposit of some sort. The hours I spent with thee dear love are like a string of pearls to me. But a diary (if one did keep it up to date) would come much too near the mark. One ought to secrete for sometime before one begins to look back at anything. Look how reconciled to everything reminiscences are. . . . Also, suppose somebody read it?

The discovery of a sentimental teenage diary catalyzes the plot of The Death of the Heart. Once it's discovered that recently orphaned Portia analyzes her feelings and is susceptible to sincere love, the adults in her life seek to "socialize" her by inuring her to feeling anything at all. In lieu of processing trauma, her brother and his wife advocate a sort of anaesthetization to any emotion rising above pique. Portia's free sincerity is meant to be constrained, folded under. Any loss or pain is meant to be "glozed over" with a varnish of falsity. But Bowen shows us that by editing certain facts from our memory and hiding the truth from ourselves and others we turn our lives into a fiction—a mere pantomime of life—which inevitably results in a sort of existential atrophy. That is, a death of the heart.
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drbrand | 38 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 14, 2024 |
Bowen is a gifted writer but drowns in her own subterranean world. Published in 1948, the style leans very heavily on description, a choice that apparently left less time for showing deeper insight into characters. For a novel to be character driven, the reader must be shown certainly not all, but enough, of not just the character’s motivations but any transformations. The book does a fairly good job of capturing a point in time, during WW11 London, where people of all walks of life felt uprooted and vulnerable, as the characters each reach out in their own way, fumbling blindly in the dark, for some kind of connection to others, no matter how desultory or unfulfilling. People are strange, families are annoying, world events intrude on lives, everyone has a backstory that for the most part remains hidden: this commonplace isn’t enough to warrant a novel.

The weakest part of the book is the character of Robert, the lover of the protagonist Stella: there was simply not enough development to allow him to be anything more than a vague representative of disenchantment, of a desperate desire for Something Else. His reveal is anticlimactic at best, an afterthought at worst. It isn’t so much that a reader may not like any of the characters (I have never understood why that should be an issue) it’s that it would be hard to care one way or another about what happens to them.

This book is neither a ‘thriller’ not anything approaching Woolf or Graham Greene, despite the front cover blurb. Despite some excellent passages, the concept of the book outshines its execution. There is enough promise in the book to encourage reading Bowen’s other work.
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saschenka | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 29, 2024 |
"Meetings that do not come off keep a character of their own."

The first word people have used to describe for me Elizabeth Bowen's writing is often "difficult". I now see they are wrong. Where some minds find difficulty, those of us with clearer vision see rare intelligence. Bowen was a younger member of the Bloomsbury Group, often defined as a generational link between Virginia Woolf and Muriel Spark. She toys with the fragmented modernism of the former, while sinking her teeth into the detached British realism of the latter. It is the frisson of this combination that gives her work its unique voice.

The House in Paris takes place over one day, as 11-year-old Henrietta and 9-year-old Leopold pass through the home of Miss Naomi Fisher and her ailing mother. The children do not know each other; the orphaned Henrietta is en route to visit her grandmother, and needs a place to stop, while Leopold is to meet his mother for the first time today, after having been raised by family friends in Italy. Both children's unusual circumstances are joined by their respective mothers' friendships with Miss Fisher. In the repressive atmosphere of the house, secrets unfold amongst these four unnerved characters and their ultimate guest.

Bowen's style is perhaps best described as "detached", somewhere on that mid-20th century spectrum of writers whom I adore so, whose characters are financially "comfortable" but often on a downward trajectory, and whose speech - clipped yet romantic - invites the reader to fill in the silences. If you have tasted the sweet delights of Murdoch and Durrell, of Penelope Fitzgerald and Barbara Pym, seek comfort here. If your preferences lean in the other direction, Bowen may not be for you! Says one of the characters: "I cannot live in a love affair, I am busy and grasping. I am not English; you know I am nervous the whole time. I could not endure being conscious of anyone. Naomi is like furniture or the dark. I should pity myself if I did not marry her."

"The Present" takes up about half of this short novel, but the meat of Bowen's story is in the central section, "The Past". The true details of Naomi Fisher's youth, of Leopold's provenance, of Madame Fisher in her prime, are interspersed in the details of a love affair as delicate as a hothouse flower. Bowen tears at the fragile stitches of these characters, revealing flesh that is bruised and sore. The content of the book - and, in truth, sometimes its individual moments - could be found in a lesser soft romance novel of the period. But Bowen's prose refuses to be cowed. She slips between tenses, surprises us with changes in narrative voice and tone, and generally keeps the atmosphere on the thinnest ice.

Unsettling, but beautiful.
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therebelprince | 18 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 21, 2024 |



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