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Powell, Anthony 1905-2000

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Works: 354 works in 2,287 publications in 8 languages and 43,887 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  Diaries  History  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc  Domestic fiction, English  Satire  Miscellanea 
Roles: Author, Other, Editor
Classifications: PR6031.O74, 823.912
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A dance to the music of time : a question of upbringing. A buyer's market. The acceptance world by Anthony Powell( Book )
196 editions published between 1951 and 2009 in 7 languages and held by 3,668 libraries worldwide
Taking place during the period between the occupation of Paris by the Germans in June 1940, and their invasion of Russia a year later. Nicholas Jenkins -now in his mid-thirties and still a second-lieutenant - is posted to a Divisional Headquarters as assistant to Widmerpool, a major on the staff. Jenkin's old friend Stringham finds himself in this particular Headquarters too, although under less favourable circumstances. A rather sinister side of Widmerpool appears as he surreptitiously meddles with the fate of others
The valley of bones by Anthony Powell( Book )
63 editions published between 1964 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,390 libraries worldwide
This, the seventh volume of Anthony Powell's sequence "A Dance to the Music of Time," sees World War II well underway. In early 1940 Nicholas Jenkins is assigned as a subaltern in a Welsh infantry unit, which is soon posted to Northern Ireland. The Dance perenially exhibits to the reader comical and grotesque personalities, and anyone who has ever done military service knows that nowhere else do you meet such a variety of odd people in such a short time. Thus we meet Gwatkin, a banker who sees being called up as a path to glory; Bithel the officer and Sayce the private who someone persist in the army in spite of poor turnout and criminal incompetency; Gittins who mans the company store as if it were the world's most valuable treasure, and many more. Indeed, so absorbing are these new figures that the usual cast of characters sit out most of the novel, visited only in one portion where Jenkins is on leave. Widmerpool appears at the close of the novel, again performing his role as the antagonist of the series. In spite of some tragedies -- many characters we have followed to date are to perish in the War -- this is one of the most uproariously funny volumes so far. The mysterious commander of their division is ultimately revealed to be a eccentric old man obsessed with eating a proper breakfast. Incidental matters of military routine descend into farce. --Christopher Culver at Amazon.com
Hearing secret harmonies : a novel by Anthony Powell( Book )
51 editions published between 1975 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 1,377 libraries worldwide
Fiona vient en roulotte camper sur le pré de son oncle, avec Scorpio Murtlock, inquiétant mais séduisant. Nick voit cette occupation d'un assez mauvais oeil, encore que les préoccupations écologiques de ces jeunes gens rejoignent les siennes. Celui-ci finira par sauver son pré, et après la mort de Widmerpool, tout rentrera dans l'ordre
The kindly ones by Anthony Powell( Book )
69 editions published between 1962 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 1,370 libraries worldwide
Portrait of English society and its Bohemia, set against the outbreaks of the two world wars
The military philosophers by Anthony Powell( Book )
61 editions published between 1968 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 1,343 libraries worldwide
This is ninth in the series "A Dance to the Music of Time." The ninth volume, The Military Philosophers (1968), takes the series through the end of the war. Nick has found a place, reasonably tolerable by army standards, as an assistant liaison with foreign governments in exile. But like the rest of his countrymen, he is weary of life in uniform and looking ahead to peacetime. Until then, however, the fortunes of war continue to be unpredictable: more names are cruelly added to the bill of mortality, while other old friends and foes prosper. Widmerpool becomes dangerously entranced by the beautiful, fascinating, and vicious Pamela Flitton; and Nick's old flame Jean Duport makes a surprising reappearance. Elegiac and moving, but never without wit and perception, this volume wraps up Powell's unsurpassed treatment of England{u2019}s finest yet most costly hour. --Amazon.com
Temporary kings by Anthony Powell( Book )
51 editions published between 1973 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 1,283 libraries worldwide
This is the eleventh volume in the series "A Dance to the Music of Time." In this penultimate volume, Temporary Kings (1973), Nick and his contemporaries are at the height of their various careers in the arts, business, and politics. X. Trapnel is dead, but his mystery continues to draw ghoulish interest from readers and academics alike--as well as from his lover, Pamela Widmerpool. Kenneth Widmerpool, meanwhile, is an MP with mysterious connections beyond the newly dropped Iron Curtain, but he continues to be tormented by Pamela; a spectacular explosion, Nick can't help but realize, is imminent. --Amazon.com
Books do furnish a room; a novel by Anthony Powell( Book )
60 editions published between 1971 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 1,278 libraries worldwide
Books do Furnish a Room is the tenth novel of Anthony Powell's long sequence "A Dance to the Music of Time." It opens in the winter of 1945/46 as Britain settles back into peacetime, though not without annoying rationing and shortages. [Nick] Jenkins has come to his old university for research towards a biography on Robert Burton, but soon first himself involved in the launch of a new literary magazine with distinct leftist tones. --Christopher Culver at Amazon.com
At Lady Molly's by Anthony Powell( Book )
90 editions published between 1957 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 1,263 libraries worldwide
A satiric picture of London society in the 1930's
Casanova's Chinese restaurant by Anthony Powell( Book )
71 editions published between 1960 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,222 libraries worldwide
A comedy of English society and Bohemian life in London during the middle 1930's
John Aubrey and his friends by Anthony Powell( Book )
46 editions published between 1948 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,199 libraries worldwide
The fisher king : a novel by Anthony Powell( Book )
38 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,176 libraries worldwide
What's become of Waring by Anthony Powell( Book )
65 editions published between 1939 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,151 libraries worldwide
What happens when a noted travel-book writer is reported "dead", and the literary world of London is thrown into a tizzy at the news. A comedy of hidden identity
Afternoon men, a novel by Anthony Powell( Book )
80 editions published between 1931 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,150 libraries worldwide
A social comedy about "a company of giddyheads" and their wanderings in London's Bohemia
From a view to a death by Anthony Powell( Book )
70 editions published between 1933 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,123 libraries worldwide
A social comedy about an ambitious young artist on the make among some eccentric English country gentry
The acceptance world, a novel by Anthony Powell( Book )
108 editions published between 1933 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 1,088 libraries worldwide
This is the third novel in the series "A Dance to the Music of Time." The third volume, The Acceptance World (1955), opens with Nick Jenkins, in his late twenties, beginning to make his way in the world of letters: working for a publisher, writing on his own, and establishing connections across the literary landscape. At the same time, he is making his way in love, as a surprise meeting with an old friend's sister blossoms into an affair. Meanwhile, friends are diving into marriage and careers, and the patterns of life's dance are starting to take shape--even as the future steps remain shadowy. --Amazon.com
A question of upbringing, a novel by Anthony Powell( Book )
113 editions published between 1951 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 971 libraries worldwide
Three boys of an upper middle-class English family emerge from adolescence into manhood
O, how the wheel becomes it! : a novel by Anthony Powell( Book )
27 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in English and French and held by 939 libraries worldwide
"Powell tells the story in O, How the Wheel Becomes It! of a British literary celebrity who is not an important writer, is no great personality, and certainly is no cause for celebration of the human species. G.F.H. Shadbold, a lifelong poseur and literary manque, lives, for the most part, in fear of discovery." "A friend, Cedric Winterwade, whom Shadbold evidently seduced in his college days, writes a novel almost as insignificant and badly written as Shadbold's own literary output. As time passes, however, and the "friend" is killed in the army, Winterwade's novel begins to be rediscovered while Shadbold's work remains ignored. The discovery that Winterwade has penned a journal sets the stage for a hilarious series of events, ending in Shadbold's justifiable downfall from grace as he discovers that his friend has revealed not only Shadbold's sexual indiscretions, but has described his own affair with a woman with whom Shadbold had been in love. Powell pokes fun at the writing community, academic life, and a whole generation of memoir-toting literati."--Jacket
A buyer's market, a novel by Anthony Powell( Book )
111 editions published between 1952 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 926 libraries worldwide
In this second volume of the series "A Dance to the Music of Time,"we see [Nicholas Jenkins] entering the ballrooms of high society while also discovering the London demimonde of the late 1920s... Nearly the entire first half of the novel is dedicated to a single evening, where Jenkins describes the participants of a dinner, a dance and a seedy part in exhaustive detail. Here we see more clearly than the first novel Powell's conception of his social circle over the decades as a dance. Stringham and Widmerpool, among other characters from the first novel, enter Jenkins' life again after a gap of several years, but no sooner do they show up than they are cast away by new fates. With Jenkins' greater maturity comes a recognition of more important societal concerns in 1920s England. One character's awkwardly closeted homosexuality creates complications for Jenkins' circle, as does the need for a young female character to procure an abortion when it was seriously illegal. By the end of the novel, Jenkins has even entered among political radicals... --Amazon.com
A dance to the music of time: by Anthony Powell( Book )
7 editions published between 1964 and 1995 in English and held by 594 libraries worldwide
Powell's monumental 12-part series traces the lives of a wide variety of characters in London from World War I until the 1960s
Two novels: Venusberg. Agents & patients by Anthony Powell( Book )
7 editions published between 1952 and 1965 in English and held by 554 libraries worldwide
Venusberg is the second novel by the English writer Anthony Powell. Published in 1932, it is set in an unidentified Baltic country which draws clearly on Powell's experiences in Finland and Estonia. Some see the novel as part of the Ruritanian tradition (cf. The Prisoner of Zenda), perhaps a modernist pastiche of the form. The novel continues Powell's humorously critical examination of society, its various forms and fashions, this time against a background largely removed from London and English life. Romantic entanglements and the dissatisfactions of love remain a major concern and the novel maintains Powell's characteristic mingling of comedy and embarrassment. Of Powell's novels, Venusberg makes the greatest use of short chapters and quick changes of scene in the plot. As might be supposed from the title, the novel treats aspects of the Tannhäuser legend. The Baedeker quotation Powell uses as an epigraph is a key to understanding the role the Tannhäuser legend plays... Agents and Patients is the fourth novel by... Powell. It combines two of the aspects of 1930s life, film and psychoanalysis. In what Powell himself has acknowledged is a roman a clef of sorts (Anthony Powell, Journals 1987-1989, 121), a comically critical eye is cast across entre deux guerres society and its often self-indulgent, usually unsatisfied quest for contentment. Published in 1936, the novel reflects some of Powell{u2019}s recent experience scriptwriting for Warners in London. The epigraph from John Wesley which gives the novel its title distinguishes between actors and those acted upon, equating freedom with the condition of {u2018}agency.{u2019} Powell{u2019}s fourth novel illustrates the painstaking, sometimes painful, process by which one young man recognizes the truth of Wesley{u2019}s assertion in his own life, thereby, perhaps, reaching a change in his status as the novel ends. --Wikipedia.com
 
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Alternative Names
Anthony Powell
Pouèll, Èntoni.
Pouėll, Ėntoni, 1905-2000
Powell, Anthony
Powell, Anthony, 1905-2000
Powell, Anthony Dymoke
Powell, Anthony Dymoke 1905-2000
Powėll, Enthoni.
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English (1,443)
French (44)
German (17)
Spanish (9)
Dutch (9)
Finnish (5)
Italian (5)
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