Bowen, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Bowen
Elizabeth Bowen. Image source

Elizabeth Bowen was born Elizabeth Dorothea Cole in Dublin in 1899, taking her literary name from the family home Bowen’s Court, in County Cork.

Her novels include Encounters (London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1923); The Hotel (London, Constable, 1927); The Last September (Constable, 1929); Friends and Relations (Constable, 1931); To the North (London, Gollancz, 1932); The House in Paris (Gollancz, 1935); The Death of the Heart (Gollancz, 1936); The Heat of the Day (London, Jonathan Cape, 1949); A World of Love (Jonathan Cape, 1955); The Little Girls (Jonathan Cape, 1964); The Good Tiger (New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1965); and Eva Trout (Alfred A. Knopf, 1968).
Her short story collections include Ann Lee’s and Other Stories (London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1926); Joining Charles and Other Stories (London, Constable, 1929); The Cat Jumps and Other Stories (London, Gollancz, 1934); The Demon Lover and Other Stories (London, Jonathan Cape, 1945); Stories by Elizabeth Bowen (New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1959); and A Day in the Dark and Other Stories (Jonathan Cape, 1965).

Her non-fiction includes Look At All Those Roses (London, Gollancz, 1941); Bowen’s Court (London, Longmans Green, 1942); Seven Winters: Memories of a Dublin Childhood (Dublin, The Cuala Press, 1942); Anthony Trollope: A New Judgement (New York & London, Oxford University Press, 1946); Why Do I Write: An Exchange of Views between Elizabeth Bowen, Graham Greene and V.S. Pritchett (London, Percival Marshall, 1948); Collected Impressions (Longmans Green, 1950); The Shelbourne: A Centre in Dublin Life for More Than A Century(London, George G. Harrap, 1951); A Time in Rome (New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1960); Afterthought: Pieces About Writing (London, Longmans Green, 1962); and The Mulberry Tree, (London, Vintage, 1999).

Elizabeth Bowen died in London in 1973 and is buried in Cork.

Elizabeth Bowen 1899-1973
Elizabeth Bowen discusses the importance of character to novels and the different ways that authors can create characterisation. – BBC Radio Archive, first broadcast 1956.
Elizabeth Bowen: A Fan’s Notes
Elizabeth Bowen at The National Library of Ireland