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04/10/2014: 2014 Anthony Powell Lecture tickets still available from Online Shop. Events Diary updated.


24/06/2013: Recent Newsletter etc. back numbers added to the Reference Library


20/09/2013: 2011 Conference Proceedings available in the Online Shop


24/06/2013: Barry Moule's Index to Dance available via "Dance" menu at left


Anthony Powell Society

The Anthony Powell Society is a charitable literary society devoted to the author Anthony Powell, 1905-2000. The Society is governed by its Constitution which states that the charitable aim is to advance for the public benefit, education and interest in the life and works of the English author Anthony Dymoke Powell. Founded in June 2000, the Society was awarded charitable status in April 2003.

The Quotable Powell

I don't think I will ever forget the moment, as I considered what shit things are — what everloving, unjust, miserable shit — when I had what I can only think of as a religious experience for the reading unbeliever. Instead of Mary or Jesus or anybody, I suddenly thought only of Anthony Powell, whose beautiful Dance to the Music of Time I was then rereading, and felt an overwhelmingly sense that this is really all we get — that if everything else is taken away, the beauty of someone's vision of the world is our meager but abiding solace for being in the world.

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Lydia Kiesling, Modern Library Revue: #43 Dance to the Music of Time
Contributed by Keith Marshall

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Anthony Dymoke Powell
1905-2000

Anthony Powell, Author

The English author Anthony Dymoke Powell was born on 21 December 1905. He was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford where he met several other young writers and artists including Evelyn Waugh, Henry Green, John Betjeman, Graham Greene and Osbert Lancaster. Prior to World War II he worked in publishing and as a film-script writer, before becoming a full-time novelist and literary critic.

Powell is probably best known for his twelve-volume novel A Dance to the Music of Time (usually just referred to as Dance). He wrote a seven other novels and a biography of the seventeenth-century diarist John Aubrey. In addition Powell (pronounced Po-ell, by the way) was also a prolific literary critic and book reviewer for a number of periodicals including the Daily Telegraph, the Times Literary Supplement, Punch and the Spectator. He also published four volumes of memoirs, three volumes of diaries and three volumes (one posthumously) of his selected literary criticism.

Powell was in addition an accomplished genealogist, publishing almost 40 papers on Welsh genealogy, and was in later years a Vice-President of the Society of Genealogists. He was made a CBE in 1956 and a Companion of Honour in 1988. Powell was married (in 1934) to the author Lady Violet Pakenham; they had two sons. He died peacefully on 28 March 2000 at his Somerset home.


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