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Anthony Powell

Dancing to the Music of Time

by Hilary Spurling Author · Jonathan Cowley Narrator


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The author of the award-winning, two-volume Matisse: A Life, now gives us the long-awaited, definitive biography of literary master, Anthony Powell—the critic, editor and novelist known as "the English Proust"— that, at the same time, takes us deep into twentieth century London literary life.
Anthony Powell (1905-2000), best known for his twelve volume comic masterpiece, Dance to the Music of Time, was also the author of sixteen earlier novels, plays, and biographies, five memoirs, and three volumes of journals. He was a prolific literary critic and book reviewer. Between the two world wars, before making his name, he kept company with rowdy, hard-up writers and painters—and painter's models—in the London where Augustus John and Wyndham Lewis loomed large. He counted Evelyn Waugh and Henry Green among his life-long friends, and his circle included the Sitwells, Graham Greene, George Orwell, Philip Larkin, and Kingsley Amis, among many others. Now, drawing on his letters, diaries, and interviews, Hilary Spurling—herself a long-time friend of Powell's— has written a fresh and masterful portrait of the man, his work, and his time. Insightful, poignant, and cinematic in scope, this biography is as much a brilliant tapestry of a seminal moment in London's literary life as it is a revelation of an iconic literary figure.

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Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Random House Audio
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Hilary Spurling (Author)

HILARY SPURLING is the author of numerous biographies, including Ivy When Young: The Early Life of Ivy Compton-Burnett 1884-1919; Paul Scott: A Life; a two-volume biography of Matisse, The Unknown Matisse and Matisse the Master (also published in ...

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