‘The neutral island in the heart of man’
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The Heat of the Day might now be seen as a religious work, even though its setting will have to be identified as the Garden of Gethsemane, its theme doubt, and its god decisively absent. The Heat of the Day is the major achievement of Elizabeth Bowen's career during the war years and immediately after. There is a substantial body of other work, both fiction and non-fiction, with an investigation of the intimate past occupying a prominent position in the latter category. Yet, writing in the New Statesman in 1941, Bowen went to great lengths to clarify the independent Irish position in relation to belligerence and neutrality, to the bombing of English cities, and to the war generally.

Dissolute characters

Irish literary history through Balzac, Sheridan Le Farm, Yeats and Bowen

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