The Death of the Heart was Bowen's most well-known novel. [...] Upheaval, death, and travelling are some of the themes of the novel that Bowen would have been all-too-familiar with.
Lois Farquar, the protagonist of The Last September, is a young Anglo-Irish woman growing up in Ireland in the early twentieth century. She lives with her aunt and uncle in a Big House in Munster, and, up until the events in the novel occur, has lived the typical life of an adolescent Anglo-Irish girl. The events in The Last September mark the beginning of an end to a lifestyle Lois and the Anglo-Irish citizens of Ireland enjoyed.
Of the many Irish writers that emerged over the course of the twentieth century, Elizabeth Bowen is one of the most well-known. Keenly aware of her position as being part of the last generations of Anglo-Irish Protestants, and one of the most prominent female writers in Ireland, her awareness of the world changing around her … Continue reading Elizabeth Bowen