The Long and Short: Elizabeth Bowen's short stories

Mark Ford and Seamus Perry

In the final episode of the Long and Short, we turn to Elizabeth Bowen, widely considered one of the finest writers of the short story. Mark and Seamus unpack ‘the Bowen effect’ and her singularly haunting style: subtle social commentary cut through with humour, and occasionally outright romanticism. A culmination of the short fiction explored in this series, Bowen’s work proves that life ‘with the lid on’ can be just as exhilarating, moving and funny as any sensationalist story.

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Mark Ford is Professor of English Literature at University College, London, and Seamus Perry is Professor of English Literature at Balliol College, Oxford.

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