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Elizabeth Bowen (1) [1899–1973]

This page covers the author of The Death of the Heart.

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The Death of the Heart 1,414 copies, 32 reviews
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To the North 351 copies, 8 reviews
The Little Girls 323 copies, 2 reviews
A World of Love 292 copies, 6 reviews
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Friends And Relations 149 copies, 4 reviews
A Time in Rome 126 copies, 2 reviews
Bowen's Court 69 copies
The Shelbourne 33 copies
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Great Irish Tales of Horror: A Treasury of Fear (Contributor) 270 copies, 2 reviews
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The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women (Contributor) 144 copies, 3 reviews
The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction (Contributor) 132 copies
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Love Stories (Contributor) 49 copies
Realms of Darkness (Contributor) 38 copies, 1 review
Modern Irish Short Stories (Contributor) 37 copies
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The Stories of William Sansom (Introduction, some editions) 25 copies
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Family: Stories from the Interior (Contributor) 13 copies
Mysterious, Menacing and Macabre (Contributor) 8 copies
Ghosts in Country Houses (Contributor) 5 copies
Twenty-Three Modern Stories (Contributor) 4 copies
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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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