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Elizabeth Bowen (1) (1899–1973)

Autor(a) de The Death of the Heart

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About the Author

Elizabeth Bowen, distinguished Anglo-Irish novelist, was born in Dublin in 1899, traveled extensively, lived in London, and inherited the family estate-Bowen's Court, in County Cork. Her account of the house, Bowen's Court (1942), with a detailed fictionalized history of the family in Ireland mostrar mais through three centuries, has charm, warmth, and insight. Seven Winters is a fragment of autobiography published in England in 1942. The "Afterthoughts" of the original edition are critical essays in which she discusses and analyzes, among others, such literary figures as Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster, Katherine Mansfield, Anthony Trollope, and Eudora Welty. Bowen's stories, mostly about people of the British upper middle class, portray relationships that are never simple, except, perhaps, on the surface. Her concern with time and memory is a major theme. Beautifully and delicately written, her stories, with their oblique psychological revelations, are symbolic, subtle, and terrifying. A Time in Rome (1960) is her brilliant evocation of that city and its layered past. In 1948, Bowen was made a Commander of the British Empire. Bowen died in 1973. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras por Elizabeth Bowen

The Death of the Heart (1938) 1,688 exemplares
The Heat of the Day (1948) 1,099 exemplares
The Last September (1929) 999 exemplares
The House in Paris (1935) 881 exemplares
Eva Trout (1968) 438 exemplares
To the North (1932) 397 exemplares
The Little Girls (1964) 374 exemplares
A World of Love (1955) 344 exemplares
The Hotel (1927) 220 exemplares
Friends And Relations (1931) 170 exemplares
A Time in Rome (1960) 158 exemplares
Bowen's Court (1942) 95 exemplares
The Demon Lover (1943) 60 exemplares
English Novelists (1942) 46 exemplares
The Shelbourne (1951) 42 exemplares
Bowen's Court & Seven Winters (1984) 36 exemplares
Elizabeth Bowen's Irish Stories (1978) 33 exemplares
Stories by Elizabeth Bowen (1959) 26 exemplares
Collected impressions (1950) 24 exemplares
Seven Winters (1942) 23 exemplares
Pictures and conversations (1974) 22 exemplares
Look at All Those Roses (1941) 21 exemplares
Encounters : early stories (1923) 19 exemplares
34 Short Stories (1957) — Editor — 14 exemplares
The Cat Jumps (1949) 11 exemplares
Early Stories (1950) 10 exemplares
Afterthought (1962) 9 exemplares
Emmeline (2008) 8 exemplares
The Bazaar and Other Stories (2008) 8 exemplares
The Good Tiger (1965) 6 exemplares
Selected Stories (1946) 6 exemplares
Joining Charles (1929) 5 exemplares
Nine English short stories (1989) 5 exemplares
A Day in the Dark (1966) 4 exemplares
Erzählungen (2000) 4 exemplares
Ann Lee's : & other stories (1926) 3 exemplares
Mysterious Kor 3 exemplares
Telling [short story] 2 exemplares
Sunday Afternoon 2 exemplares
Maria 1 exemplar
Bowen Elizabeth 1 exemplar
Pink May 1 exemplar
Reduced 1 exemplar
anything 1 exemplar
Spookverhalen 1 exemplar
Green Holly 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Orlando: A Biography (1928) — Posfácio, algumas edições10,585 exemplares
Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Haugh (1864) — Introdução, algumas edições1,402 exemplares
Frost in May (1933) — Introdução, algumas edições923 exemplares
The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories (1986) — Contribuidor — 543 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Short Stories (1981) — Contribuidor — 511 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (1989) — Contribuidor — 429 exemplares
Great Irish Tales of Horror: A Treasury of Fear (1995) — Contribuidor — 323 exemplares
A Treasury of Short Stories (1947) — Contribuidor — 293 exemplares
A World of Great Stories (1947) — Contribuidor — 261 exemplares
Christmas Stories (Everyman's Library) (2007) — Contribuidor — 253 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women (1995) — Contribuidor — 166 exemplares
Stories by Katherine Mansfield (1956) — Editor; Introdução — 154 exemplares
Black Water 2: More Tales of the Fantastic (1990) — Contribuidor — 152 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction (1999) — Contribuidor — 151 exemplares
The Virago Book of Ghost Stories (2006) — Contribuidor — 139 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories (2007) — Contribuidor — 134 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Irish Short Stories (1981) — Contribuidor — 131 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contribuidor — 118 exemplares
Classic Irish Short Stories (1957) 117 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1990) — Contribuidor — 100 exemplares
Great Irish Detective Stories (1993) — Contribuidor — 89 exemplares
65 Great Spine Chillers (1988) — Contribuidor — 80 exemplares
The Brave Little Goat of Monsieur Seguin (1866) — Contribuidor — 79 exemplares
Chill Tidings: Dark Tales of the Christmas Season (2020) — Contribuidor — 71 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares
Nightshade: 20th Century Ghost Stories (1999) — Contribuidor — 64 exemplares
Love Stories (1983) — Contribuidor — 62 exemplares
The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers (2015) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares
The Third Ghost Book (1955) — Contribuidor — 56 exemplares
The Second Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1966) — Contribuidor — 55 exemplares
Into the London Fog: Eerie Tales from the Weird City (2020) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
The Norton Book Of Ghost Stories (1994) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
Alfred Hitchcock's Fear and Trembling (1948) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
Revenge: Short Stories by Women Writers (1986) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
The Second Ghost Book (1952) — Introdução; Contribuidor — 48 exemplares
The House of the Nightmare and Other Eerie Tales (1967) — Contribuidor; Autor, algumas edições47 exemplares
An Omnibus of 20th Century Ghost Stories (1989) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
Realms of Darkness (1985) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
Modern Irish Short Stories (1957) — Contribuidor — 43 exemplares
The Haunted Library: Classic Ghost Stories (2016) — Contribuidor — 42 exemplares
The Anchor Book of New Irish Writing (2000) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
Great Irish Stories of the Supernatural (1992) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
The Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories (1966) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
Modern English Short Stories (1939) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women (1995) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares
Spirits of Christmas (1989) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
The Old School: Essays by Divers Hands (1934) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Haunters at the Hearth: Eerie Tales for Christmas Nights (2022) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Night Shadows: Twentieth-Century Stories of the Uncanny (2001) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Stories for the Dead of Night (1957) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
The Stories of William Sansom (1963) — Introdução, algumas edições26 exemplares
London Tales of Terror (1972) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Tomato Cain and other stories (1949) — Introdução — 18 exemplares
Family: Stories from the Interior (1987) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
The Black Cap: New Stories of Murder and Mystery (1928) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
England forteller : britiske og irske noveller (1970) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
A Roman Collection: Stories, Poems, and Other Good Pieces (1980) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Mysterious, Menacing and Macabre (1981) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Shudders (1929) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
British and American Essays, 1905-1956 (1959) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Ellery Queen’s Eleven Deadly Sins (1991) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
When Churchyards Yawn (1963) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Ghosts in Country Houses (1981) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 2nd Series (1983) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Ghosts and Ghastlies (1976) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Twenty-Three Modern Stories (1963) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Horizon 21 (September 1941) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
The Best British Short Stories of 1933 — Contribuidor, algumas edições2 exemplares
Stories of Horror and Suspense: An Anthology (1977) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Stories of the Macabre (1976) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Uncle Silas ... With an introduction by Elizabeth Bowen — Introdução, algumas edições1 exemplar
Gespenster — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar

Etiquetado

Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Bowen, Elizabeth
Nome legal
Cameron, Elizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen
Outros nomes
Bowen, Bitha
Data de nascimento
1899-06-07
Data de falecimento
1973-02-22
Localização do túmulo
St Colman's Church, Farahy, County Cork, Ireland
Sexo
female
Nacionalidade
Ierland
Local de nascimento
Dublin, Ierland
Local de falecimento
Londen, Engeland, Groot-Brittannië
Locais de residência
Dublin, Ireland
Farahy, Ireland
Hythe, England, UK
Regent's Park, London, England, UK
Headington, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Educação
Downe House School, Kent, England, UK
Ocupações
novelist
short story writer
Relações
Ritchie, Charles (lover)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Order of the British Empire (Commander, 1948)
Companion of Literature (1965)
Doctor of Letters, Trinity College, Dublin
Doctor of Letters, Oxford University (1956)
Lacy Martin Donnelly Fellow (1956)

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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 had friends among the Bloomsbury Group, and was close to Rose Macaulay, who helped her find a publisher for her first book, a collection of short stories called Encounters (1923). During World War II, Elizabeth Bowen lived in London and worked for the British Ministry of Information. She received acclaim for her novels and short story collections, was awarded the CBE (Companion of the Order of the British Empire) 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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Reason read: Special event/Reading 1001
Elizabeth Bowen born in Dublin, Ireland is an Anglo/Irish author. This was her fifth novel.
Plot/Setting: the setting is one day in the house in Paris, two children meet. Henrietta who is on her way to meet her grandmother and Leopold who is supposed to meet his birth mother for the first time.
Structure: the book is divided in to three; first and third part are titled present. The middle part is the past which explores the background of Leopold's mother through the imaginary (fictitious memory) or Leopold. In the middle section we visit London and Naomi and Karen and Max. A triangle. Max and Karen scene in the back garden, Naomi serving tea. The blades of grass standing back up. The sunlight through the tree. A lot of interesting stuff in this middle section.
The third section opens back with "Your mother is not coming". Ms Fisher tells Leopold the truth. Leopold meets Ray.
This is a five star book, highly recommended and deserving to be owned and annotated.
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Kristelh | 18 outras críticas | Jan 29, 2024 |
How sharply and poignantly the writing cuts. This book is a gorgeous vessel full of poison and (mostly) despicable people. There is a keen reading pleasure to be had, though, despite the cruelty.

Oh, those polite conversations over tea – fine china, scones, crumpets, it’s all there. There are gaping maws underneath all that polish, and they will swallow you whole if you are not careful.

“One thing one must learn is, how to confront people that at that particular moment one cannot bear to meet.”

“In that airy vivacious house, all mirrors and polish, there was no place where the shadows lodged, no point where feeling could thicken.”


Even when the object is Eddie (=let me teach you everything you need to know about abusive relationships, and aren’t you a darling to let me, aren’t you sweet…), I do like things Bowen has to say about love. “One solid pleasure of love is to check up together on what has happened.”

As soon as Portia appears on the page for the first time, you know that she will break, that she will dissolve – the question is only of how, not if and when. Bowen has no mercy for anyone. Portia puts sharp knives of her clear-eyed innocence into the empty people around her, and they cannot take it.

It is so right that this novel should end with a door opening.

P.S. I should definitely read more Bowen, being careful not to overdose.
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Alexandra_book_life | 37 outras críticas | Dec 15, 2023 |
There's a bit in one of Eddie Izzard's comedy shows where she describes a genre of British film that she calls A Room with a View with a Staircase and a Pond films, where all the acting is very good but the dramatic tension consists of people opening doors meaningfully and making mundane statements that are nonetheless supposed to be highly if cryptically fraught.

I thought of that bit more than once while reading this book, where feelings are almost always intimated and suggested and charged and obscured.

Written in the late '30s, The Death of the Heart is about a naive 16-year-old called Portia who, recently orphaned, goes to live in London with her well-off and much older half-brother and his wife. Neither brother nor sister-in-law are happy to have her there. Portia plainly wants to have them like her, but can't understand that she's seen as a bit of an embarrassment and an obstacle in their rather jaded lives—she clearly reminds them that they're unhappy.

Elizabeth Bowen has some beautifully observed character moments throughout the book, some deliciously mean one-liners too, and I could believe in many (though not all) of her characters as real people. Yet where The Death of the Heart didn't work for me—apart from the too-abrupt ending—was in how Bowen had the characters relate to one another. It's not that I don't believe that people can be cynical and petty in how they dealt with one another. There was just something about the register in which Bowen conveyed their interactions, something about the why behind their actions, that struck me as just a bit too... well, A Room With a View with a Staircase and a Pond.
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½
 
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siriaeve | 37 outras críticas | Dec 4, 2023 |
"Meetings that do not come off keep a character of their own."

The first word people have used to describe for me Elizabeth Bowen's writing is often "difficult". I now see they are wrong. Where some minds find difficulty, those of us with clearer vision see rare intelligence. Bowen was a younger member of the Bloomsbury Group, often defined as a generational link between Virginia Woolf and Muriel Spark. She toys with the fragmented modernism of the former, while sinking her teeth into the detached British realism of the latter. It is the frisson of this combination that gives her work its unique voice.

The House in Paris takes place over one day, as 11-year-old Henrietta and 9-year-old Leopold pass through the home of Miss Naomi Fisher and her ailing mother. The children do not know each other; the orphaned Henrietta is en route to visit her grandmother, and needs a place to stop, while Leopold is to meet his mother for the first time today, after having been raised by family friends in Italy. Both children's unusual circumstances are joined by their respective mothers' friendships with Miss Fisher. In the repressive atmosphere of the house, secrets unfold amongst these four unnerved characters and their ultimate guest.

Bowen's style is perhaps best described as "detached", somewhere on that mid-20th century spectrum of writers whom I adore so, whose characters are financially "comfortable" but often on a downward trajectory, and whose speech - clipped yet romantic - invites the reader to fill in the silences. If you have tasted the sweet delights of Murdoch and Durrell, of Penelope Fitzgerald and Barbara Pym, seek comfort here. If your preferences lean in the other direction, Bowen may not be for you! Says one of the characters: "I cannot live in a love affair, I am busy and grasping. I am not English; you know I am nervous the whole time. I could not endure being conscious of anyone. Naomi is like furniture or the dark. I should pity myself if I did not marry her."

"The Present" takes up about half of this short novel, but the meat of Bowen's story is in the central section, "The Past". The true details of Naomi Fisher's youth, of Leopold's provenance, of Madame Fisher in her prime, are interspersed in the details of a love affair as delicate as a hothouse flower. Bowen tears at the fragile stitches of these characters, revealing flesh that is bruised and sore. The content of the book - and, in truth, sometimes its individual moments - could be found in a lesser soft romance novel of the period. But Bowen's prose refuses to be cowed. She slips between tenses, surprises us with changes in narrative voice and tone, and generally keeps the atmosphere on the thinnest ice.

Unsettling, but beautiful.
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therebelprince | 18 outras críticas | Oct 24, 2023 |

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Obras
73
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Membros
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Popularidade
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Avaliação
3.8
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ISBN
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