Elizabeth Bowen was born in Dublin in 1899. She wrote many acclaimed short stories and novels, including The Heat of the Day, The Death of the Heart, The Last September, and Eva Trout. She was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1948. She died in 1973.
"Her most atmospheric book . . . very eerie and richly
descriptive." -Daily Telegraph (London)
"Bowen has flashes of the authentic Jamesian subtlety . . . [and] her own disturbing, searching presentation of complex human relationships. . . . Strikingly terse and original." -The Christian Science Monitor
"A compelling story, inspired with a deep insight into human nature." -Times Literary Supplement (London)
"The tenderest book she has written. . . . Such a beautiful piece of work that while you are reading it, it is as if a picture you were watching came to life. . . . A magical performance." --The New Republic