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Collected Stories

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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY A. N. WILSON Throughout these seventy-nine stories - love stories, ghost stories, stories of childhood, of English middle-class life in the twenties and thirties, of London during the Blitz - Elizabeth Bowen combines social comedy and reportage, perception and vision in an oeuvre which reveals, as Angus Wilson affirms in his introduction, that 'the instinctive artist is there at the very heart of her work'.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 896 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 39mm | 607g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • w. ill.
  • 0099287730
  • 9780099287735
  • 121,085

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"Bowen's stories show the awesome capabilities of the English language and the surprise and mystery of the human soul" * Anne Tyler * "Bowen's stories are novels that have been split open like rocks and reveal the glitter of the naked crystals which have formed them" -- V.S. Pritchett * Vogue *show more

About Elizabeth Bowen

Elizabeth Bowen was born in Dublin in 1899, the only child of an Irish lawyer and land-owner. She travelled a great deal, dividing most of her time between London and Bowen's Court, the family house in County Cork which she inherited. Her first book, a collection of shorts stories, Encounters, was published in 1923. The Hotel (1926) was her first novel. She was awarded the CBE in 1948, and received honorary degrees from Trinity College, Dublin in 1949, and from Oxford University in 1956. The Royal Society of Literature made her a Companion of Literature in 1965. Elizabeth Bowen died in 1973.show more

Review Text

"Bowen's stories are novels that have been split open like rocks and reveal the glitter of the naked crystals which have formed them"show more

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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ANGUS WILSON 'Bowen's stories show the awesome capabilities of the English language and the surprise and mystery of the human soul' Anne Tyler Throughout these seventy-nine stories - love stories, ghost stories, stories of childhood, of English middle-class life in the twenties and thirties, of London during the Blitz - Elizabeth Bowen combines social comedy and reportage, perception and vision in an oeuvre which reveals, as Angus Wilson affirms in his introduction, that 'the instinctive artist is there at the very heart of her work'. See also: The Death of the Heartshow more

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