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The charm, one might say the genius of memory, is that it is choosy, chancy, and temperamental: it rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chewing a hunk of melon in the dust.

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Elizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen (June 7, 1899 February 22, 1973) was an Anglo-Irish novelist and short story writer. Bowen was born in Dublin but when her father became mentally ill in 1907, she and her mother moved to London. After her mother died in 1912, Bowen was brought up by her aunts.

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