The Life and Works of Elizabeth Bowen
“We are minor in everything but our passions.” (Think Exist.com) Passion, meaning a strong feeling or emotion combined with the totality of all the experiences we've lived through, to some may be a more complex concept to pursue. The gift of passion enables us to overcome obstacles (real or imagined) and to see the world as a place of infinite potential. Irish born British novelist and short story writer (Answers.com), Elizabeth Bowen, makes the meaning behind the word “Passion” evident, not only in her daily life, but in the works she has produced. Elizabeth Bowen was among the most well known and accomplished British women novelists of her generation (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, 300). She believed all writers have their own peculiar “terrain”, or inner “climate” which can be recognized from book to book beneath apparent shifts in subject or style (Bowen 1). No Irish writer was clearer than Bowen about the tensions between the English and Irish imagination (Boland ?). Throughout her long journey in life, Elizabeth Bowen created powerful works that captured the minds others.
Elizabeth Dorthea Cole Bowen (Critical Survey of Short Fiction 300) was born in Dublin, Ireland on June 7, 1899 (Book Rags.com). The Bowen family was of the Anglo-Irish gentry (WashingtonPost.com). Bowen was the only child of Henry, an Irish lawyer and land owner (Fantasticfiction.com), and Florence Bowen (WashingtonPost.com). Her father had a mental illness that forced him into an institution (WashingtonPost.com). After her father’s mental breakdown, Bowen and her mother moved to London in 1905 (Boland ?). Shortly after, in 1912, her mother died of cancer, the same year her father recovered; Bowen was only 13 (WashingtonPost.com). Bowen stated, “Good-byes breed a sort of distaste for whomever you say good-bye to; this hurts, you feel, this must not happen again” (ThinkExist.com). Bowen spent most of her youth growing up at Bowen’s court, a...
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