Elizabeth Bowen: The House in Paris

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Reminiscent of Henry James’s What Maisie Knew or The Turn of the Screw, Elizabeth Bowen’s The House in Paris has been described as a French novel in English, and not only for its obvious geographical setting. Interiority, attention to the unsaid or the barely articulated, and the power of passion to transform lives all play key roles in this rich and emotionally absorbing story, a favorite among devoted Bowen fans.

As she would do later in The Death of the Heart, Bowen expertly imagines children as entities separate from, and as psychologically complex as, the supposedly mature adults in control of their destiny. The novel opens and ends with the young Henrietta and Leopold in …

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Brassard, Genevieve. "The House in Paris". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 June 2008
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