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Elizabeth Bowen

Elizabeth Bowen was born in Dublin in 1899, the only child of an Irish lawyer and landowner. 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. 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 died in 1973.


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The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen
Written by Elizabeth Bowen
Anchor | Trade Paperback | August 2006
$25.00/28.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-9656-5 (1-4000-9656-1)

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...

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The Death of the Heart
Written by Elizabeth Bowen
Anchor | Trade Paperback | May 2000
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-72017-5 (0-385-72017-3)

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

Eva Trout
Written by Elizabeth Bowen
Anchor | Trade Paperback | February 2003
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-72131-8 (0-385-72131-5)

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

The Heat of the Day
Written by Elizabeth Bowen
Anchor | Trade Paperback | July 2002
$16.95/22.95(Canada) | 978-0-385-72128-8 (0-385-72128-5)

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

The House in Paris
Written by Elizabeth Bowen
Anchor | Trade Paperback | April 2002
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-72125-7 (0-385-72125-0)

One of Elizabeth Bowen’s most artful and psychologically acute novels, The House in Paris is a timeless masterpiece of nuance and atmosphere, and represents the very best of Bowen’s celebrated oeuvre. When eleven-year-old Henrietta arrives at the Fishers’ well-appointed house in Paris, she is prepared to spend her day between trains... Read more

The Last September
Written by Elizabeth Bowen
Anchor | Trade Paperback | March 2000
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-72014-4 (0-385-72014-9)

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

The Little Girls
Written by Elizabeth Bowen
Anchor | Trade Paperback | July 2004
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3479-6 (1-4000-3479-5)

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

To the North
Written by Elizabeth Bowen
Anchor | Trade Paperback | April 2006
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-9655-8 (1-4000-9655-3)

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

A World of Love
Written by Elizabeth Bowen
Anchor | Trade Paperback | August 2003
$14.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3105-4 (1-4000-3105-2)

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