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.
Setting is important as it helps to establish characters as products of their time and culture. It provides the reader with context for the plot, and cultural context can answer a lot of questions readers may have about plot developments or characters' actions. For this reason, setting should not be ignored when analysing books.
Kate O'Brien was an Irish writer who was born in 1897. She was born into an bourgeoisie Catholic family in Limerick, though she was well-traveled by the end of her life in 1974. Most of her writing was banned in Ireland under the Censorship Act, and she was unique in her time for writing sex and sexuality into domestic romance novels.
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