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The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen Paperback – August 8, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor (August 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400096561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400096565
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #711,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Scientific American

Elizabeth Bowen . . . was from the start . . . a highly conscious artist. Being alive as she was in a world of change affected her passionately. The nature and workings of human emotions magnetized her imagination; with all her artist mind she set forth to comprehend, and thus capture, human motives--men's, women's and children's. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Quite simply one of the best short story writers who ever lived." —Newsweek

"Bowen's stories show the awesome capabilities of the English language and the surprise and mystery of the human soul." —Anne Tyler, The New Republic

"Bowen's stories are novels that have been split open like rocks and reveal the glitter of the naked crystals which have formed them." —V.S. Pritchett, Vogue

"Richly reconfirms the extraordinary contribution Elizabeth Bowen has made to English letters." —Eudora Welty, The New York Times Book Review

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By lady detective on April 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
elizabeth bowen's stories are well crafted. reading them (for me... i was born in 1974) is like peeking into the drawing room of a time long gone and now crystallised on the page. i gave the book 4 stars instead of five, because while some of the stories are real gems, others fell flat to me. this was my first experience with her work, and 760 odd pages of short stories was a lot of stories!
i would recommend, unless you just want to read a few stories at a time, (the book is broken up into decades and then pre and post war sections)or you are already a huge fan, to start out with a smaller collection of her work. then again, why not pay a few extra dollars and get them all at once?
i escpecially recommend the stories of the twenties and thirties, they really are delightful... the ghosts and murderessess inhabiting some of them are intriguing, there's a flavour to her work you simply don't find in newer fiction. reading her work was like entering another time zone, quite interesting stuff!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wendy A. Sorrell on January 5, 2013
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Elizabeth Bowen may not be known by many but her writing is a delight. She is in a special class of writers for me including the writers Elizabeth Taylor and Penelope Lively. If you like descriptive writing, you will certainly enjoy this collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By debby g on January 7, 2014
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Considered one of the greatest short story writer - I am told - (by the professor who assigned it) - these are masterful descriptions. They immediately put you in a place with details so exquisite that you can hear and smell your surroundings. Her most famous short story is included - The Demon Lover.
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