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A WORLD OF LOVE

Elizabeth Bowen

  • Original Title: A WORLD OF LOVE
  • Publication date: December 1955
  • Publisher: ALDEN PRESS
  • Country: GB
  • 224 print pages
  • Classic

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century
  • Location setting: Ireland
  • Themes: FAMILY, Intergenerational, Family secrets, Mourning, PEOPLE facing life, Coming of age, Looking back on one's life, Search for the truth, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Rivalry, LOVE / HATE, Amorous urge

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An uneasy group of relations live under one roof at a decaying manor in the Irish countryside. When 20-year-old Jane finds in the attic a packet of love letters written years ago by Guy, her mother’s one-time fiance who died in World War I, the discovery has explosive repercussions.

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Pitched for fans of the novels of Molly Keane, Nancy Mitford and Elizabeth Taylor - and watchers of Downton Abbey.

Elizabeth Bowen (1899 - 1973) is considered by many to be one of the most distinguished novelists of the twentieth century. She was awarded the CBE in 1948, and received honorary degrees from Trinity College, Dublin in 1949, and from Oxford University in 1956. In the same year she was appointed Lacy Martin Donnelly Fellow at Bryn Mawr College in the United States. The Royal Society of Literature made her a Companion of Literature in 1965.

Summary

In a writing career that spanned the 1920s to the 1960s, Anglo-Irish author Elizabeth Bowen created a rich and nuanced body of work in which she enlarged the comedy of manners with her own brand of emotional and psychological depth. A WORLD OF LOVE is a coming of age story, set in the dying hours of the protestant ascendancy in the 1950s.

In A WORLD OF LOVE, an uneasy group of relations are living under one roof at Montefort, a decaying manor in the Irish countryside. When twenty-year-old Jane finds in the attic a packet of love letters written years ago by Guy, her mother’s one-time fiance who died in World War I, the discovery has explosive repercussions. It is not clear to whom the letters are addressed, and their appearance begins to lay bare the strange and unspoken connections between the adults now living in the house. Soon, a girl on the brink of womanhood, a mother haunted by love lost, and a ruined matchmaker with her own claim on the dead wage a battle that makes the ghostly Guy as real a presence in Montefort as any of the living.



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  • Author’s biography

    Elizabeth Bowen (1899 - 1973) was an Irish-British novelist and short story writer, notable for her fiction about life in wartime London. She is considered by many to be one of the most distinguished novelists of the twentieth century. She was awarded the CBE in 1948, and received honorary degrees from Trinity College, Dublin in 1949, and from Oxford University in 1956. In the same year she was appointed Lacy Martin Donnelly Fellow at Bryn Mawr College in the United States. The Royal Society of Literature made her a Companion of Literature in 1965.