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Table of Contents

Preface; Chronology; Chapter 1: Shadowing Elizabeth Bowen; Chapter 2: Fall: Bowen's Court and The Last September; Chapter 3: Impasse: The Hotel, Friends and Relations, and 'The Shadowy Third'; Chapter 4: Transport: To the North and The House in Paris; Chapter 5: Furniture: The Death of the Heart, The Heat of the Day, and Wartime Stories; Chapter 6: Incubism: A World of Love and The Little Girls; Chapter 7: Folly: Eva Trout; Selected Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Maud Ellmann is Randy L. & Melvin R. Berlin Professor of the Development of the Novel in English at the University of Chicago. Her books include The Poetics of Impersonality: T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, The Hunger Artists: Starving, Writing, and Imprisonment, and Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism. She has also published widely on modern literature and literary theory, feminism, and deconstruction.

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Ellmann writes a searching, critical monograph about a novelist whose idiosyncratic work has enjoyed a much more continuous reception ! Scholarly, informative, and pleasurably readable. The time is right for a full consideration of Bowen's work by a critic of outstanding gifts. Maud Ellmann certainly is this. -- Seamus Deane, Keough Professor of Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana In this remarkable book Ellmann shows us how to read Elizabeth Bowen - what we might need to know, and what we should be able to hear - without merely placing her. The sheer attentiveness of Ellmann's prose, the wit of her interests and the reach of her words, make this an exemplary study. It reminds us that writers can only rely on critics that are writers themselves. -- Adam Phillips, psychoanalyst A brilliant summation of Bowen's work, marked by economy and insight, and a command of English prose akin to Bowen's own. -- Anne Barton, Professor of English, Trinity College Cambridge Brilliant, original ! Maud Ellmann's book makes a powerful intervention in the still-shifting reputation of this great writer ... A bold, innovative, challenging study, which should be very influential. -- Hermione Lee Ellmann writes a searching, critical monograph about a novelist whose idiosyncratic work has enjoyed a much more continuous reception ! Scholarly, informative, and pleasurably readable. The time is right for a full consideration of Bowen's work by a critic of outstanding gifts. Maud Ellmann certainly is this. In this remarkable book Ellmann shows us how to read Elizabeth Bowen - what we might need to know, and what we should be able to hear - without merely placing her. The sheer attentiveness of Ellmann's prose, the wit of her interests and the reach of her words, make this an exemplary study. It reminds us that writers can only rely on critics that are writers themselves. A brilliant summation of Bowen's work, marked by economy and insight, and a command of English prose akin to Bowen's own. Brilliant, original ! Maud Ellmann's book makes a powerful intervention in the still-shifting reputation of this great writer ... A bold, innovative, challenging study, which should be very influential.

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