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Elizabeth Bowen

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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 wrote many acclaimed novels and short story collections, was awarded the CBE in 1948, and was made a Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature in 1965. She died in 1973.

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The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen

Written by Elizabeth Bowen


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 8, 2006
Price: $25.00

Widely known for her much-admired novels, including The Heat of the Day, The House in Paris, and The Death of the Heart, Elizabeth Bowen established herself in the front rank of the century's writers equally through her short fiction.

This collection brings together seventy-nine magnificent stories written over the course of four... Read more >

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The Death of the Heart

Written by Elizabeth Bowen


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 9, 2000
Price: $15.95

The Death of the Heart is perhaps Elizabeth Bowen's best-known book. As she deftly and delicately exposes the cruelty that lurks behind the polished surfaces of conventional society, Bowen reveals herself as a masterful novelist who combines a sense of humor with a devastating gift for divining human motivations.

In this piercing... Read more >

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Eva Trout

Written by Elizabeth Bowen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $15.00

Eva Trout, Elizabeth Bowen’s last novel, epitomizes her bold exploration of the territory between the comedy of manners and cutting social commentary.

Orphaned at a young age, Eva has found a home of sorts in Worcestershire with her former schoolteacher, Iseult Arbles, and Iseult's husband, Eric. From a safe distance in London... Read more >

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The Heat of the Day

Written by Elizabeth Bowen


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 9, 2002
Price: $16.00

In The Heat of the Day, Elizabeth Bowen brilliantly recreates the tense and dangerous atmosphere of London during the bombing raids of World War II.

Many people have fled the city, and those who stayed behind find themselves thrown together in an odd intimacy born of crisis. Stella Rodney is one of... Read more >

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The House in Paris

Written by Elizabeth Bowen


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 9, 2002
Price: $15.00

When eleven-year-old Henrietta arrives at the Fishers’ well-appointed house in Paris, she is prepared to spend her day between trains looked after by an old friend of her grandmother’s. Henrietta longs to see a few sights in the foreign city; little does she know what fascinating secrets the Fisher house itself... Read more >

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The Last September

Written by Elizabeth Bowen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 14, 2000
Price: $15.00

The Last September is Elizabeth Bowen’s portrait of a young woman’s coming of age in a brutalized time and place, where the ordinariness of life floats like music over the impending doom of history.

In 1920, at their country home in County Cork, Sir Richard Naylor and his wife, Lady Myra, and... Read more >

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The Little Girls

Written by Elizabeth Bowen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $13.00

In 1914, three eleven-year-old girls buried a box in a thicket on the coast of England, shortly before World War I sent their lives on divergent paths. Nearly fifty years later, a series of mysteriously-worded classified ads brings the women reluctantly together again. Dinah has grown from a chubby, bossy girl... Read more >

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To the North

Written by Elizabeth Bowen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $14.95

A young woman’s secret love affair leads to a violent and tragic act in one of Elizabeth Bowen’s most acclaimed novels. To the North centers on two young women in 1920s London, the recently widowed Cecilia Summers and her late husband's sister, Emmeline. Drawn to each other in the wake of... Read more >

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A World of Love

Written by Elizabeth Bowen


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $14.00

In a writing career that spanned the 1920s to the 1960s, Anglo-Irish author Elizabeth Bowen created a rich and nuanced body of work in which she enlarged the comedy of manners with her own stunning brand of emotional and psychological depth.

In A World of Love, an uneasy group of relations are... Read more >
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