• Patricia Laurence
Part of the Literary Lives book series (LL)


This chapter explores Bowen’s métier of flux as she travels from Dublin to Kent after her father’s breakdown when she was seven years old. Though seemingly grounded in prominent ascendancy families and traditions—the “mad” Bowens and the “sane” Colleys, described here—she has early feelings of dislocation. Moving from homes in Chichester to Folkstone to Sandgate to Hythe—she has an itinerant education, develops a stammer, and suffers her mother’s death at the age of 13. The Death of the Heart and her little girl stories give voice to the experience of “mad” little girls like herself with feelings of not being located anywhere.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia Laurence
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  1. 1.City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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