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Death of the Heart
Elizabeth Bowen
0385720173
May 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Five words of advice on reading Elizabeth Bowen: Resist the urge to skim. In The Death of the Heart, Bowen's writing rolls ever onward, accruing the sensations and ironies of conscious living till the final effect is massive. This is not prose for people who like their fiction with a cool, Calvin Klein-like minimalism. Bowen's people are keenly aware, and she seems to catalogue every sweaty moment, every betraying glance. The reader must stay right there with her, because hidden among lengthy descriptions of sea air and drawing-room politics are pithy asides worthy of great humorists: "Absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends." Skimmers miss out.

The Death of the Heart is Bowen's most perfectly made book. Portia, an orphan, comes to live in London with her half-brother, Thomas, and his wife, Anna. A...



The Little Girls
Elizabeth Bowen
1400034795
July 2004
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Review
“Triumphant . . . the funniest of Miss Bowen’s novels.” —The Times (London)

“This story is poetic in its awareness, its stimulus, its beauty of writing; and as full of clues, hints and half-revealed secrets as any thriller.” —The Scotsman (Edinburgh)

“Bowen so thoroughly knows the world she is writing about that she contrives to appear to convey it to us whole. Her fictional insight is made solid by sound psychological insight.” –The New York Times

Book Description
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...


Michelin Green Guide Ireland
Elizabeth Bowen
2061007287
July 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
For a sense of freedom and relaxation, come to Ireland, the Emerald Isle; enjoy the dramatic scenery, and uncrowded roads, revel in the lively Dublin scene or savour a quiet moment in a country inn, discover the Celtic legacy and let the charm of the Irish work its magic. THE GREEN GUIDE, the perfect travel companion: a discerning and up-to-date source of information. Practical and comprehensive, it offers suggestions on what to see and what to do, background on history and cultural heritage. Ideal guides for the independent tourist, THE GREEN GUIDE explores destinations both near and far. Sights are rated - 3 stars "worth a journey", 2 stars "worth a detour" and 1 star "interesting". Maps and itineraries make planning easy, whether visiting the highlights or venturing off the beaten track. Travel with THE GREEN GUIDE...


Elizabeth Bowen
Phyllis Lassner
0389208787
June 1989
Hardcover
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Book Description
Elizabeth Bowen is now recognized as a major British novelist and short story writer. Phyllis Lassner shows how Bowen's Anglo-Irish heritage made her an astute critic of women's possibilities and constraints. In a reassessment of Bowen's major fiction, "The Last September, Friends and Relations, To the North, The House in Paris, The Death of the Heart, and" àIThe Heat of the Day, the author shows how Bowen's novels of manners and sensibility also revise traditional notions of female character. This feminist reading of Bowen's life and novels explores her concerns for women's creative and sexual expression in a society where great social change threatens traditional values. At a time when women were achieving professional careers and making independent choices for their personal lives, Bowen's novels provide a...


Elizabeth Bowen
Phyllis Lassner
0389208795
June 1989
Paperback
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Book Description
Elizabeth Bowen is now recognized as a major British novelist and short story writer. Phyllis Lassner shows how Bowen's Anglo-Irish heritage made her an astute critic of women's possibilities and constraints. In a reassessment of Bowen's major fiction, "The Last September, Friends and Relations, To the North, The House in Paris, The Death of the Heart, and" àIThe Heat of the Day, the author shows how Bowen's novels of manners and sensibility also revise traditional notions of female character. This feminist reading of Bowen's life and novels explores her concerns for women's creative and sexual expression in a society where great social change threatens traditional values. At a time when women were achieving professional careers and making independent choices for their personal lives, Bowen's novels provide a...


In the Presence of the Enemy
Elizabeth George
0553576089
June 1997
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
In her previous novels, including the bestselling Playing for the Ashes, George has developed the characters of forensic scientist Simon St. James, Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers to a fine degree. In this, her eighth novel, the secret love child of an ambitious politician and a sleazy tabloid publisher is kidnapped. When Scotland Yard gets involved, Lynley and Havers must elude death as they search for the child and her kidnappers. An insightful and haunting novel of ideals corrupted and retribution visited upon the heads of the innocent. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly
After seven outings (the last was Playing for the Ashes), upper-crust Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley...


Elizabeth Bowen
Victoria Glendinning
0307277402
Dec 2006
Paperback
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The Last September
Elizabeth Bowen
0385720149
Mar 2000
Paperback
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From AudioFile
Her lightly upper-crust English voice should make Fiona Shaw the right reader for Elizabeth Bowen's sharp comedy of manners. Yet, that lightly pleasant voice rarely conveys the acid commentary inherent in this tale set during the Irish Troubles. Additionally, Shaw's use of a single pace and tone throughout the book makes it difficult to differentiate between characters or to follow shifts of scene. A.C.S. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

Review
"Brilliant.... A successful combination of social comedy and private tragedy."--The Times Literary Supplement (London)

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The Smiles of Rome: A Literary Companion for Readers and Travelers
Susan Cahill (Editor)
034543420X
March 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Collecting the essays, stories and poems of great writers from both the ancient and modern worlds, this volume offers an intoxicating and often heartbreaking tribute to the elusive power of the eternal city. "Rome does not need to make culture," Federico Fellini states in a conversation reproduced here, "It is culture." Edith Wharton assuaged her loneliness in the gardens of the Villa Borghese, and Nathaniel Hawthorne conceded, "Rome certainly does draw into itself my heart." Turning an already stellar selection of writings into a practical guide for the literary-minded, editor Cahill then extracts from each piece the places mentioned and provides updated information (including addresses, phone numbers and nearby dining suggestions) for the traveler who wishes to retrace the steps of Goethe and St. Paul, among...


Elizabeth Bowen: The Enforced Return
Neil Corcoran
0198186908
January 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Elizabeth Bowen: The Enforced Return offers an imaginative new reading of the work of a writer still too little known. Neil Corcoran considers the theme of "return" in her work in various senses, examining her treatment of Ireland, children, and war. Relating her work to some significant
non-fictional material, he offers a view of her as a writer who returns us anew to the history of her time, and of ours.


Elizabeth Bowen: The Shadow across the Page
Maud Ellmann
0748617027
March 2004
Hardcover
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Review
"The time is right for a full consideration of Bowen's work by a critic of outstanding gifts. Maud Ellmann certainly is this." -- Seamus Deane, Keough Professor of Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

Review
Original writing always invites us to read differently. In this remarkable book Ellmann shows us how to read Elizabeth Bowen - what we might need to know, and what we should be able to hear - without merely placing her. The sheer attentiveness of Ellmann's prose, the wit of her interests and the reach of her words, make this an exemplary study. It reminds us that writers can only rely on critics that are writers themselves.

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Elizabeth Bowen: The Shadow across the Page
Maud Ellmann
0748617035
February 2006
Other Format
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Review
"The time is right for a full consideration of Bowen's work by a critic of outstanding gifts. Maud Ellmann certainly is this." -- Seamus Deane, Keough Professor of Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

Review
Original writing always invites us to read differently. In this remarkable book Ellmann shows us how to read Elizabeth Bowen - what we might need to know, and what we should be able to hear - without merely placing her. The sheer attentiveness of Ellmann's prose, the wit of her interests and the reach of her words, make this an exemplary study. It reminds us that writers can only rely on critics that are writers themselves. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The Heat of the Day
Elizabeth Bowen
0385721285
July 2002
Paperback
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Review
"Imagine a Graham Greene thriller projected through the sensibility of Virginia Woolf." —The Atlantic Monthly

“[Bowen] startles us by sheer originality of mind and boldness of sensibility into seeking our world afresh. . . . Out of the plainest things--the drawing of a curtain--she can make something electric and urgent." --V. S. Pritchett

"Dense as a poem with symbol and suggestion. . . . The work of a writer [of] rich and winning gifts." —Time

"Miss Bowen [has] power to evoke, suggest and explore down oblique and little-frequented avenues the mysterious centers of human conduct." --The New York Times


Review
"Imagine a Graham Greene thriller projected through the sensibility of Virginia...


House in Paris
Elizabeth Bowen
0385721250
April 2002
Paperback
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From Library Journal
This 1935 novel is considered among Bowen's best. Eleven-year-old Henrietta is visting the Fisher family in Paris. The character of the city, however, has nothing on the characters inside the residence, including Leopold, a child; his unusual mother; a dead father who has as much presence as any of the living; and an old man dying in bed. There's something dark about the goings-on here, which Henrietta learns firsthand. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review
“Her most atmospheric book . . . very eerie and richly descriptive.” –Daily Telegraph (London)

“Bowen has flashes of the authentic Jamesian subtlety . . . [and] her own disturbing, searching presentation of complex human relationships. . . . Strikingly terse...


Eva Trout
Elizabeth Bowen
0385721315
Feb 2003
Paperback
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Review
"Bowen is magnificent when she writes about conspiracy, duplicity and ambiguity, and her achievement . . . is extremely impressive." –Margaret Drabble

"[Elizabeth Bowen] is what happened after Bloomsbury . . . the link that connects Virginia Woolf with Iris Murdoch and Muriel Spark." –Victoria Glendinning

"It is as though Henry James has been superimposed upon Jane Austen." –Walter Allen, The Modern Novel

Review
"Bowen is magnificent when she writes about conspiracy, duplicity and ambiguity, and her achievement . . . is extremely impressive." ?Margaret Drabble

"[Elizabeth Bowen] is what happened after Bloomsbury . . . the link that connects Virginia Woolf with Iris Murdoch and Muriel Spark." ?Victoria...


Elizabeth Bowen, an Estimation
Hermione Lee
0389202045
Jan 1982
Hardcover
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Elizabeth Bowen the Later Fiction: Textual Studies in Theme and Strategy
Lisa Christensen
8772896248
December 2001
Paperback
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