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Love's Civil War: Elizabeth Bowen and Charles Ritchie: Letters and Diaries 1941-1973

Love's Civil War: Elizabeth Bowen and Charles Ritchie: Letters and Diaries 1941-1973 (Hardback)

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The love affair between the writer Elizabeth Bowen and the elegant and charming Canadian diplomat Charles Ritchie blossomed quickly after their first meeting in 1941 and continued over the next three decades until Bowen's death in 1973. Theirs was a passion that flourished in the heightened, dangerous atmosphere of wartime London that Bowen wrote about so vividly in her novels. When Ritchie's diplomatic career took him further afield -- to Paris, Bonn, New York and Ottawa -- the lovers wrote to one another continuously, sharing their hopes and fears, their boundless affection for one another, and their longing to be together again.

Published for the first time in this exquisite volume, accompanied by extracts from Ritchie's remarkably candid diaries, the love letters of Elizabeth Bowen reveal a

passionate, intelligent, eloquent, strong-mindedand wonderfully funny woman. They also reveal a man bewitched by her writer's mind and imagination, and by her adoring vision of him as a greater man than he ever felt himself to be.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: literaryEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writersEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: from c 1900 - Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd Publication Date: 02/02/2009 ISBN-13: 9781847372130  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Victoria Glendinning is the award-winning biographer of Elizabeth Bowen, Leonard Woolf, Anthony Trollope, Edith Sitwell, Vita Sackville-West, Rebecca West and Jonathan Swift. Her novels, The Grown-Ups, Electricity and Flight, were critical and commercial successes. She divides her time between London, Provence and Ireland.

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