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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 decades. Vividly featuring scenes of bomb-scarred London during the Blitz, frustrated lovers, acutely obcerved children, and even vengeful ghosts, these stories reinforce Bowen's reputation as an artist whose finely chiseled narratives—rich in imagination, psychological insight, and craft—transcend their time and place.
"Quite simply one of the best short story writers who ever lived."
"Bowen's stories show the awesome capabilities of the English language and the surprise and mystery of the human soul."
—Anne Tyler, The New Republic
"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
"Richly reconfirms the extraordinary contribution Elizabeth Bowen has made to English letters."
—Eudora Welty, The New York Times Book Review