A few years ago I aligned Aickman with Thomas Mann in AICKMANN.
Today, I align Aickman and Bowen in Wake the Elbow.
I cannot yet find any previous evidence that anyone else has linked them as strongly kindred writers of stories. A mutual synergy based on textual evidence.
They had mutual friends, I infer, and often similar social circles. They both seem to have similar temperaments and propensities, unless you disagree with my inferences from the available evidence.
RA 1914 – 1981 | EB 1899 – 1973.
I recommend all Bowen’s wonderful stories as part of my thesis, but these in particular alongside my reviews of them in the order I recently re-read them… LOVE, HAND IN GLOVE, THE DEMON LOVER, THE INHERITED CLOCK, MYSTERIOUS KÔR, THE APPLE TREE, THE DANCING MISTRESS, NO. 16, GREEN HOLLY, THE EVIL THAT MEN DO, FOOTHOLD, A WALK IN THE WOODS, THE DISINHERITED, RECENT PHOTOGRAPH, HUMAN HABITATION, CHARITY, ANN LEE’S, DEAD MABELLE, FLOWERS WILL DO, LOOK AT ALL THOSE ROSES, GONE AWAY, THE CLAIMANT, THE PARROT, THE CHEERY SOUL, THE SHADOWY THIRD, MRS MOYSEY, PINK MAY, THE STORM, HER TABLE SPREAD.
In particular in particular — LOVE, HUMAN HABITATION, MRS MOYSEY, all three in the Vintage Bowen Collected Stories.
The above choices are not necessarily the best Bowen stories but the ones most applicable to my WAick-the-ELBOWen thesis of Bowen in synergy with Aickman. Bone in Ache Man.
My first discovery of Elbows being significant in many of Bowen’s stories came during my recent re-reading and reviewing of them, starting with my (unconsciously or naively, then) recognising two related but separate sections about elbows in my review of ’A Day In The Dark’.
I hope, indeed, that all my recent reviewing of ELizabeth BOWen Wakes the Elbow and Stirs her Stories for a bigger audience.
More power to her and her elbow!