Understanding Anthony Powell by Nicholas Birns

Understanding Anthony Powell PDF
Author: Nicholas Birns
Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
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Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 389
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"Birns offers readings of Powell's entire oeuvre, including the novels Afternoon Men, Venusberg, and The Fisher King, and his journals, which appeared in print between 1995 and 1997. Looking especially closely at A Dance to the Music of Time, the twelve-volume sequence of novels that is Powell's masterpiece, Birns sets the series in its social and historical context, emphasizing the role that both world wars and the cold war played in Powell's life and writing. He makes a particular study of the novel's dominating force - the arrogant, opportunistic Widmerpool, a social climber who delights in his own good fortune and gloats over the sufferings of others. While noting Widmerpool's central position, Birns illumines Powell's subtle aesthetic resistance, epitomized by minor characters and the voice of the narrator, against Widmerpool and his ilk.

Understanding Anthony Powell

Understanding Anthony Powell
Author: Nicholas Birns
Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
Release: 2004
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 389

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