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Inventory of the Elizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen Papers, 1934-1946, bulk 1944-1946
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Elizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1934-1946,
    Date (bulk): bulk 1944-1946
    Creator: Bowen, Elizabeth Dorothea Cole
    Extent: Number of pieces: 368
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Sotheby, July 21, 1988, lot 151, and from Sotheby, November 15, 1988, lot 1638.


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Elizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    The Anglo-Irish author Elizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen was born in 1899, married Alan Charles Cameron in 1923, and died in 1973. Among her many novels are The Last September (1929), The House in Paris (1935), The Death of the Heart (1938), The Heat of the Day (1948), A World of Love (1955), and Eva Trout; or, Changing Scenes (1968). Her other numerous writings encompass literary criticism, reviews, and several volumes of short stories. Miss Bowen's honors include Commander, Order of the British Empire in 1948; D.Litt., Trinity College, Dublin, 1949, and Oxford University, 1956; Companion of Literature, Royal Society of Literature, 1965; and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, 1970, for Eva Trout.

    Subject matter

    The correspondence primarily concerns publishing arrangements for Elizabeth Bowen's works in progress during the years 1944 to 1946 and contains references to her active wartime writing for the British Council and other agencies.

    Important or interesting items

    • 1. Bowen, Elizabeth Dorothea Cole. To Lady Cynthia Mary Evelyn (Charteris) Asquith [1934] briefly describing an experience in Fascist Italy.

      HM 53108.
    • 2. Bowen, Elizabeth Dorothea Cole. Letter (1946, July 1) to Harper's Bazaar encloses list of houses and places that inspired her stories.

      HM 52803.
    • 3. Bowen, Elizabeth Dorothea Cole. Letter (1946, Mar. 1) to Frank Rouda analyzing her writing style and commenting on The House in Paris, in response to his request (1946, Feb. 2) for information to be used in his graduate studies.

      HM 52858 and HM 53060.
    • 4. Day-Lewis, Cecil. 6 pieces (1944-1946) to Elizabeth Bowen, and 5 pieces (1944-1946) from Bowen to Day-Lewis, discussing her writing for Orion.

      HM 52776-52780 and HM 52920-52925.
    • 5. Great Britain. British Council. 8 pieces (1945-1946) to Elizabeth Bowen and 6 pieces (1945-1946) from Bowen to the British Council about various writing projects relating to the Council's wartime and post-war efforts.

      HM 52791-52796 and HM 52946-52953.
    • 6. Greene, Graham. 2 pieces (1945-1946) to Elizabeth Bowen and 2 pieces (1944-ca. 1945) from Bowen to Greene concerning literary matters.

      HM 52801-52802 and HM 52962-52963.
    • 7. Hayward, John. 5 pieces (1945) to Elizabeth Bowen, one mentioning T.S. Eliot and all dealing with a literary project for Cresset Press. HM 52966-52970. Also 4 pieces (1945-1946) to Elizabeth Bowen from Cresset Press and 2 pieces (1946) from Bowen to Cresset Press.

      HM 52774-52775 and HM 52916-52919.
    • 8. Knopf (Alfred A.) Co. 10 pieces (1944-1946) to Elizabeth Bowen concerning publishing arrangements for The Demon Lover (published in the U.S. as Ivy Gripped the Steps) and 5 pieces (1946) from Bowen to Knopf.

      HM 52816-52820 and HM 52982-52991.
    • 9. Pritchett, V.S. Letter (1946, June 10) to Elizabeth Bowen about plans for a joint publication: Why Do I Write? An Exchange of Views between Elizabeth Bowen, Graham Greene, & V.S. Pritchett (published in 1948).

      HM 53048.


    Contemporary Authors, Permanent Series volume 2, and First Revision volumes 41-44.
    Glendinning, Victoria. Elizabeth Bowen (New York: Knopf, 1978).
    Kenney, Edwin James. Elizabeth Bowen (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 1975).
    Who Was Who, volume VII.