Title: The Death of the Heart
Author: Bowen, Elizabeth
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York
Publication Date: 1948
Edition: First Edition. Fifth Printing.
Book Condition: VG
D-j Condition: Poor
Comments: D-j chipped. Back of d-j has a complete tear that separates it from the front. Small tear on d-j spine. Small tear on headcap and endcap. Some soiling on bottom edge. Minor tanning on inside pastedown and FFEP. Spine cocked.
Synopsis: The Death of the Heart is perhaps Elizabeth Bowen’s best-known book. As she deftly and delicately exposes the cruelty that lurks behind the polished surfaces of conventional society, Bowen reveals herself as a masterful novelist who combines a sense of humor with a devastating gift for divining human motivations. In this piercing story of innocence betrayed set in the thirties, the orphaned Portia is stranded in the sophisticated and politely treacherous world of her wealthy half-brother’s home in London. There she encounters the attractive, carefree cad Eddie. To him, Portia is at once child and woman, and he fears her gushing love. To her, Eddie is the only reason to be alive. But when Eddie follows Portia to a sea-side resort, the flash of a cigarette lighter in a darkened cinema illuminates a stunning romantic betrayal–and sets in motion one of the most moving and desperate flights of the heart in modern literature.