December 4, 2008 at 8:40 pm (Biography)

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“Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,
Tears from the depth of some divine despair
Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes,
In looking on the happy Autumn-fields,
And thinking of the days that are no more.”

Tennyson

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December 4, 2008 at 7:55 pm (Biography)

When she was asked by interviewers in 1959 what the relation of writing to the world was, Bowen replied: “Just as in an air raid, if you were a warden, which I was, you stump up and down the streets making a clatter with the boots you are wearing, knowing you can’t prevent a bomb falling, but thinking, ‘At any rate I’m taking part in this, I may be doing some good.'”

  1. What is the main theme of her writings?
  2. How did WWII influence her work?
  3. Why is there often an open ending to her short stories?
  4. “Identity at Risk”: how does that show in her writings?

Elizabeth Bowen Presentation 11-12-2008

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