The Mulberry Tree
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The Mulberry Tree

Elizabeth Bowen, Hermione Lee

This selection of Bowen’s non-fictional writings includes her wonderfully funny, precise recollections of schooldays and childhood experiences, her brilliant evocations of London in wartime and of the Irish ‘big house’, and penetrating accounts of some of her most famous contemporaries. It also contains her autobiography, posthumously published and left tantalising unfinished, a little known portrait of a beloved family servant, and unpublished letters to close friends as Virginia Woolf and William Plomer, written with as much elegance and energy as her ‘public’ writing. In her introduction, Hermoine Lee shows how these writings display the same interests as Elizabeth Bowen’s fiction - in Anglo-Irish dispossession and ambivalence, in the persistence of chilhood feelings, in treachery, ghosts, and the mysterious power of place, the lure of nostalgia , and the clash between individual and society.

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