Elizabeth Bowen's Selected Irish Writings
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: Cork University Press
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Title Page, Copyright Page
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The title of this introduction is a phrase taken from Bowenâ€™s 1940 essay â€˜The Big Houseâ€™1 where she writes: â€˜The indefinite ghosts of the past, of the dead who lived here and pursued this same routine of life in these walls add something, a sort of order, a reason for living, to every minute and hour.â€™ But did these ghosts add to her understanding...
CHAPTER 1 Oblique, Frayed Island 1928-1940
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Dublin Under the Georges, by Constantia Maxwell, 25 July 1936, New Statesman and Nation, Review Dublin and New York are two standard examples of the grand manner â€“ the eighteenth centuryâ€™s and the twentiethâ€™s. Dublin exhales melancholy, the past and the sense of an obliterated purpose that no New World activity can exactly renew: an anti climactic, possibly endless pause hangs...
CHAPTER 2 Wartime Geography 1940-1945
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Big houses in Ireland are, I am told, very isolated. I say â€˜I am toldâ€™ because the isolation, or loneliness, of my own house is only borne in on me, from time to time, by the exclamations of travellers when they arrive. â€˜Well,â€™ they exclaim, with a hint of denunciation, â€˜you are a long way from everywhere!â€™ I suppose I see this the other way round:...
CHAPTER 3 Prints on the Landscpe 1945-1950
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Post script to the US edition of The Demon Lover and Other Stories,The stories in the collection entitled The Demon Lover were written in wartime London â€“ between the spring of 1941 and the late autumn of1944. They were written for the magazines or papers in which they originally appeared. During these last years, I did not always write a...
CHAPTER 4 A New Ireland 1950's
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My home in County Cork is lonely, even as places in Ireland go. In midwinter, it stands in a tract of silence â€“ the hum of summer, the furious gales of autumn have subsided; through the stripped woods maybe seen the empty distances and the mountains. No other season, here,might ever have been. Around Christmas, the sun rises late behind a...
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So, Henry VI died, and I as his only child inherited Bowenâ€™s Court. I was the first woman heir; already I had changed my fatherâ€™s name for We continued, onward from 1930, to live for the greater part of the time in England, where Alan Cameron worked and we had a home â€“first at the edge of Oxford and then in Lon don. Not until 1952 was there...
Notes and References
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Bowenâ€™s Irish Writings:a bibliography
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General Bowen Bibliography
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Page Count: 272
Publication Year: 2011