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 Bowen’s 1940 essay ‘The Big House’1 where she writes: ‘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.’ 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 – the eighteenth century’s and the twentieth’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 ‘I am told’ 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. ‘Well,’ they exclaim, with a hint of denunciation, ‘you are a long way from everywhere!’ 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 – 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 – 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 Bowen’s Court. I was the first woman heir; already I had changed my father’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 –first at the edge of Oxford and then in Lon don. Not until 1952 was there...
Notes and References
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Bowen’s Irish Writings:a bibliography
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General Bowen Bibliography
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Page Count: 272
Publication Year: 2011