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