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Listening In

Broadcasts, Speeches, and Interviews by Elizabeth Bowen

Edited by Allan Hepburn

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  • The first collection of Elizabeth Bowen's spoken work
  • Astute and lively comments on culture, literature, language, authors, filmmaking, cinema and politics

From the 1940s to the 1960s, Elizabeth Bowen took an active role in spoken media and radio in particular by writing essays for broadcast, improvising interviews on the air and giving public lectures. During her lifetime, she published few of her broadcasts. Listening In brings together a substantial number of her ungathered and unknown works for the first time.

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Plays for the Air: The Confidant
New Judgement: Elizabeth Bowen on Jane Austen
London Revisited: As Seen by Fanny Burney
A Year I Remember - 1918
Broadcasts: Book Talk - New and Recent Fiction
The Next Book
Impressions of Czechoslovakia
Mechanics of Writing
Books that Grow up with One
The Cult of Nostalgia
Coronation
On Not Rising to the Occasion
Writing about Rome
Ireland Today
The Daughters of Erin by Elizabeth Coxhead
An Essay in French
Panorama of the Novel
Speeches: Subject and the Time
The Poetic Element in Fiction
The Idea of Home
Language
The Fear of Pleasure
A Novelist and His Characters
Film and Radio: Things to Come
Why I Go to the Cinema
Third Programme
Lawrence of Arabia
Appreciations: Downe House Scrapbook 1907-1957
Alfred Knopf
Blanche Knopf

Questions: Confessions
The Cost of Letters
Portrait of a Woman Reading
Interviews and Conversations: The Living Image - 1
The Living Image - 2
How I Write: A Discussion with Glyn Jones
A Conversation between Elizabeth Bowen and Jocelyn Brooke

Do Women Think Like Men?
Do Conventions Matter?
Conversation on Traitors
Frankly Speaking: Interview, 1959
Notes
Works Cited

About the Author

Allan Hepburn is Associate Professor of English at McGill University in Montreal. He has also edited The Bazaar and Other Stories by Elizabeth Bowen and People, Places, Things: Essays by Elizabeth Bowen, both published by Edinburgh University Press.