Elizabeth Bowen: Pictures and Conversations
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Original newprint book review by Eudora Welty folded in back.
Foreward by Spencer Curtis Brown.
Typography, binding, and jacket design by Warren Chappell.
Photograph by Alfred A. Knopf (London, 1946).
A “Borzoi Book” (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, pub. series).
In this last book from Elizabeth Bowen, her writing embodies the style, sensibility, mastery, and emotional precision that arced itself through her whole career. The collection is characteristically cerebral and eclectic, unique in Bowen’s way from just looking at the contents themselves: part unfinished autobiography, the start of a novel, an essay on Proust’s Bergotte, a nativity play set in an Irish cathedral, and selections from her famous “Notes on Writing a Novel.” Together, the writer emerges as fascinating new material for her longtime devotees, and as an original collage of an adventurous and earnest writer’s work for a new reader to fall into all too easily.