Terrains of the Imagination
This chapter presents contrasting paths—the seaside of Hythe, England, and the green expanse of Bowen’s Court, Ireland—as places that became aspects of Bowen’s personality and terrains of her imagination. Bowen’s Court, the family estate with its rituals and conventions, is focused upon as a centerpiece of her emotional life, and the house, her experiences there, its sale, and its demise are described. Her travel away from Ireland to the more carefree lifestyle of Hythe unleashes the farouche or untamed aspects of her personality. As an adult, she leads a modern unsettled cosmopolitan life, often traveling to Italy and France and to teach in the United States.