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Elizabeth Bowen: Portrait of a Writer (Faber Find) Paperback – 15 Mar 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571290353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571290352
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,528,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Intense and illuminating...a highly readable, compassionate account of a woman as subtly complex and delightfully witty as the novels she wrote." --"Chicago Tribune"
"As a complex and compelling personality, Miss Bowen comes very much to life on these pages...entirely absorbing." --"The New York Times"

" Intense and illuminating...a highly readable, compassionate account of a woman as subtly complex and delightfully witty as the novels she wrote." -- "Chicago Tribune"
" As a complex and compelling personality, Miss Bowen comes very much to life on these pages...entirely absorbing." -- "The New York Times"

About the Author

Victoria Glendinning has written biographies of Elizabeth Bowen, Edith Sitwell, Vita Sackville-West, Rebecca West, and Jonathan Swift, and won the Whitbread Award for her 1992 biography of Trollope. Her novels" The Grown-Ups" and "Electricity" received great critical acclaim. She divides her time between London, Provence, and Ireland.

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ms Bowen is one of my all time favorite writers and this book was certainly up to her treasured excellence. 30 Dec. 2016
By Dina R Cox - Published on Amazon.com
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Ms Bowen is one of my all time favorite writers and this book was certainly up to her treasured excellence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... this book for my brother and he is absolutely delighted with it 19 Nov. 2016
By NOREEN - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book for my brother and he is absolutely delighted with it. A great and interesting read. He thoroughly recommends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One writer writes about another 31 Jan. 2011
By Frances S. Heales - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to declare an interest here, I knew Victoria Glendinning quite well at one time.

One of the striking features of this biography is the way in which Victoria's own life in Ireland makes her sympathetic to the politics when Elizabeth lived there and which she portrays so vividly, particulary in The Last September. Elizabeth shows her readers how various classes of people, particularly the Anglo-Irish saw their environment.

Victoria used her extensive research to describe many aspects of Elizabeth's life and their effects on her writing, thus making her novels both more interesting and more approachable today, when life is very different.
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Well written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The grande dame 9 Mar. 2008
By Jay Dickson - Published on Amazon.com
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Anchor recently has been reissuing almost all of Elizabeth Bowen's novels in gorgeous new editions, and they decided to complement these with this reissue of this excellent 1977 standard life of one of the greatest twentieth-century novelists by Victoria Glendinning, herself one of the best living British biographers. The work is a model of tasteful compression, covering Bowen's very eventful life in only three hundred pages. Glendinning is intelligent in her discussion of Bowen's novels and short fiction, and is exceptionally clear in outlining the major events of Bowen's life: her father's madness in her childhood; her mother's early death from cancer; her remaining awkward adolescence raised by "a committee of aunts'; her beginning literary career in London; her marriage to the bureaucrat Alan Cameron; her inheritance of her father's great ancestral manor house Bowen's Court in County Cork; her affairs; her spying on her native Ireland for Great Britain during World War II; the death of Cameron; her need to sell Bowen's Court in 1959 only to see it immediately torn down by the new owner; and her subsequent itinerant life as one of the last great modernist novelists. It's a very lovely book--Glendinning seems extraordinarily sympathetic to Bowen's humor, elegance, and her grande dame manner.
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