Elizabeth Bowen, A World of Love

Download PDF Add to Bookshelf Report an Error

Elizabeth Bowen’s novel A World of Love has often been described as a failure, or as a dividing point in her prolific career between her most successful books The Death of the Heart (1938) or The Heat of the Day (1949), and the puzzling and ‘experimental’ The Little Girls (1963) and Eva Trout (1968). Biography may offer a clue here: A World of Love was written in the shadow of marital grief, as Bowen’s husband Alan Cameron died in 1952. The setting, an Irish ‘Big House’ that has seen better days, also returns Bowen imaginatively to the Ireland of the ancestral home, Bowen’s Court, which she would reluctantly have to sell in 1960. A slimmer volume than most of Bowen’s f…

693 words

Citation: Brassard, Genevieve. "A World of Love". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 May 2008 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=10664, accessed 04 October 2023.]

10664 A World of Love 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.