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Two Serious Ladies

(1943)
A novel by

 
 
Readers who've not yet read Jane Bowles are almost to be envied, like people who've still to read Mansfield or Woolf, and have all the delight, the shock of classic originality, the revelation of such good writing, still to come.' Ali Smith Eccentric, impulsive New York heiress, Christina Goering meets the anxious but equally unpredictable Mrs Copper- field at a party. Two serious ladies, for whom nothing is natural and anything is possible, they follow their singular paths in search of salvation. Mrs Copperfield visits Panama with her husband, whom she abandons for love of Pacifica, a local prositute, and her brothel home. Miss Goering, for her part, seeks redemption by swapping her mansion for a squalid little house and relishing ever more extreme encounters with strangers. At the end, the two women meet again. First published in 1943, Two Serious Ladies is a true one-off - daring and original, with deadpan humour and devastating insights. It was Jane Bowles's masterpiece.

    

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"My favorite book. I can't think of a modern novel that seems more likely to become a classic." - Tennessee Williams


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Hardback Editions

January 1965 : UK Hardback
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Title: Two Serious Ladies
Author(s): Jane Bowles
ISBN: 0-7206-9175-3 / 978-0-7206-9175-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
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Paperback Editions

February 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Two Serious Ladies: A Novel
Author(s): Jane Bowles
ISBN: 0-06-228312-X / 978-0-06-228312-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ecco
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1601 : UK Paperback
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Title: Two Serious Ladies
Author(s): Jane Bowles
ISBN: 0-9560038-5-0 / 978-0-9560038-5-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sort of Books
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August 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Two Serious Ladies (Peter Owen Modern Classic)
Author(s): Jane Bowles
ISBN: 0-7206-1179-2 / 978-0-7206-1179-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
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February 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Two Serious Ladies (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Jane Bowles, Lorna Sage
ISBN: 0-14-118168-0 / 978-0-14-118168-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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December 1996 : UK Paperback

Title: Two Serious Ladies
Author(s): Jane Bowles
ISBN: 0-7206-1006-0 / 978-0-7206-1006-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
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October 1984 : USA Paperback

Title: Two Serious Ladies
Author(s): Bowles Jane
ISBN: 0-525-48136-2 / 978-0-525-48136-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton Books
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September 1984 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bowles Jane : Two Serious Ladies (Pbk)
Author(s): Jane Bowles
ISBN: 0-525-48324-1 / 978-0-525-48324-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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April 1979 : UK Paperback
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Title: Two Serious Ladies (VMC)
Author(s): Jane Bowles
ISBN: 0-86068-018-5 / 978-0-86068-018-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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Kindle Editions

June 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Two Serious Ladies
Author(s): Jane Bowles
Publisher: Sort Of
Availability: Amazon UK