Elizabeth Bowen

Elizabeth Bowen

Irish novelist
The short story is at an advantage over the novel, and can claim its nearer kinship to poetry, because it must be more concentrated, can be more visionary, and is not weighed down (as the novel is bound to be) by facts, explanation, or analysis. I do not mean to say that the short story is by any means exempt from the laws of narrative: it must observe them, but on its own terms.More Elizabeth Bowen quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Ghosts, we hope, may be always with us--that is, never too far out of the reach of fancy. On the whole, it would seem they adapt themselves well, perhaps better than we do, to changing world conditions--they enlarge their domain, shift their hold on our nerves, and, dispossessed of one habitat, set up house in another. The universal battiness of our century looks like providing them with a propitious climate ...More Elizabeth Bowen quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Meeting people unlike oneself does not enlarge one's outlook; it only confirms one's idea that one is unique.More Elizabeth Bowen quotes [10/19/2011 09:10:06]
My writing, I am prepared to think, may be a substitute for something I have been born without - a so-called normal relation to society. My books are my relation to society.More Elizabeth Bowen quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I think the main thing, don't you, is to keep the show on the road.More Elizabeth Bowen quotes [10/19/2011 09:10:59]

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