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The tragic genius of Elizabeth Bowen - AN Wilson

Features | By AN Wilson

Irish eyes aren’t smiling: Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973)

Tortured by love, longing for children, Elizabeth Bowen poured her pain into her exceptional novels, says her friend A N Wilson

The Heat of the Day, The Death of the Heart and the late masterpiece Eva Trout are among the finest English novels written in the mid- to late-twentieth century. In her brittle, mannered prose, Elizabeth Bowen caught the painfulness of love and its all-consuming pain. In Eva Trout (SPOILER ALERT!), there aches, throughout the comedy, the yearning for a child by a galumphing, tall, emotionally deprived woman. ...

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