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Elizabeth Bowen: A Literary Life by Patricia Laurence

Elizabeth Bowen

A Literary Life

Patricia Laurence

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Publisher: Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Publication date: 4 Jan 2020
ISBN: 9783030264147
4 stars out of 5
21 Dec 2019

"It interweaves Bowen’s literary and intellectual life with her real one"

There is much more in this kaleidoscopic, rich book. It interweaves Bowen’s literary and intellectual life with her real one, contextualising each with the other, and represents a significant step beyond the standard works by Glendinning and Lee. It is not entirely Bowen-centric either, which permits us to better understand the effect that this sometimes troubled, often happy woman had on those who moved within her orbit. That gravitational pull was strong – Ritchie wrote after her death: “I need to know again from her that I was her life . . . if she ever thought that she loved me more than I did her, she is revenged.”

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