Anthony Powell: A Life

Anthony Powell: A Life by Michael Barber
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ISBN
9780715630495
Date Released
Binding
Hardcover
Pages
352
 
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In the first full-length biography of Anthony Powell, publisher, journalist, man-about-town, and author of the Dance to the Music of Time sequence, Michael Barber takes a close look at the man and the writer. The son of an army officer, educated at Eton and Balliol, Powell chose as his closest friends people like Malcolm Muggeridge and the composer, Constant Lambert, who were not out of the top drawer or the one below it. And although happily married for over sixty years to Lady Violet Pakenham, the daughter of an Earl, he admitted that he had ‘always been attracted by girls who looked as if they’d slept under a bush for a week.’ Powell believed that creative writing was, like alchemy, a mysterious, indefinable process by which experience became art. Michael Barber focuses on the experience that provided Powell with his raw material. He pays particular attention to the ‘entre-deux-guerres’, that sharply divided cultural interlude when the artists and good-timers with whom Powell identified in the twenties were followed, in the thirties, by the politicians and the prigs. Amusing, candid, and highly entertaining, this is a delightfully readable account of one of the most humorous writers of the twentieth century.
ISBN:
9780715630495
Publication Date:
01 / 06 / 2006
Pages:
352

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