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Bowen, Elizabeth Dorothea Cole

Born: 1899 AD
Died: 1973 AD, at 73 years of age.

Nationality: Irish
Categories: Novelists


1899 - Born on June 7th in Dublin, Ireland. Anglo-Irish author Elizabeth Bowen employed a finely wrought prose style in fictions frequently detailing uneasy and unfulfilling relationships among the upper-middle class.

1938 - 'The Death of the Heart', the title of one of her most highly praised novels, might have served for most of them.

1949-1968 - Her novels include Encounters; The Hotel; The Last September; Friends and Relations; To the North; The House in Paris; The Death of the Heart; The Heat of the Day; A World of Love; The Little Girls; The Good Tiger; and Eva Trout.

         - Her short story collections include Ann Lee’s and Other Stories; Joining Charles and Other Stories; The Cat Jumps and Other Stories; The Demon Lover and Other Stories; Stories by Elizabeth Bowen; and A Day in the Dark and Other Stories.

         - Her non-fiction includes Look At All Those Roses; Bowen’s Court; Seven Winters: Memories of a Dublin Childhood; Anthony Trollope: A New Judgement; Why Do I Write: An Exchange of Views between Elizabeth Bowen, Graham Greene and V.S. Pritchett; Collected Impressions; The Shelbourne: A Centre in Dublin Life for More Than A Century; A Time in Rome; Afterthought: Pieces About Writing; and The Mulberry Tree.

1973 - Died of cancer on February 22nd in Hythe.


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