Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) was born in Dublin. She wrote a collection of short stories, Encounters (1923). The Hotel (1927) was her first novel.
Bowen travelled a great deal, dividing most of her time between London and Bowen’s Court, the family house in County Cork which she inherited. She was made CBE in 1948, and received honorary degrees from Trinity College, Dublin in 1949, and from Oxford University in 1956. The Royal Society of Literature made her a Companion of Literature in 1965.