The Mulberry Tree: Writings of Elizabeth Bowen

Elizabeth Bowen, Author, Hermione Lee, Editor Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P $19.95 (325p) ISBN 978-0-15-163240-4
These essays, prefaces, reviews, letters and talks by Anglo-Irish novelist and short-story writer Bowen (18991973) include reminiscences and autobiographical sketches of schoolgirl years, wartime London, breaking into print, as well as commentaries on Ivy Compton-Burnett, Cyril Connolly, Angus Wilson, Eudora Welty and other contemporaries. Among the letters are several to Virginia Woolf and William Plomer and part of a previously published correspondence with Graham Greene and V. S. Pritchett on ""Why Do I Write?'' Articles evaluate the work of Flaubert, Trollope and Katharine Mansfield. That Bowen's criticism and occasional writings are inextricably related to her fiction is well brought out by Lee (Elizabeth Bowen: An Estimation in her preface and sectional introductions. Photos not seen by PW. (May 25)
Reviewed on: 05/01/1987
Release date: 05/01/1987
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