Books: Decline of the Squireens

BOWEN'S COURT — Elizabeth Bowen —Knopf ( $3.50 ) . Elizabeth Bowen, excruciatingly sensitive novelist, who has stalked many a ghost in the subcellars and skeleton closets of the mind (The Death of the Heart; To the North), in this book turns from fiction to ponder upon the dead bones of her ancestors. Bowen' s Court is 1) the history of the rise & fall of the Anglo-Irish gentry, as exemplified in ten generations of Bowens; 2) the story of Novelist Bowen's passionate attachment to Bowen's Court, the square, empty, echoing 18th-Century family mansion which "like Flaubert's...

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