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The Resource Understanding Anthony Powell, Nicholas Birns

Understanding Anthony Powell, Nicholas Birns

Label
Understanding Anthony Powell
Title
Understanding Anthony Powell
Statement of responsibility
Nicholas Birns
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Suggesting that the literary world is just beginning to realize the extent of Anthony Powell's achievements, Nicholas Birns provides a fresh examination of the British writer's career and growing reputation in this introduction to his work. Birns takes a global view of Powell's corpus, situating his works in context and explaining his place among Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, and Henry Green, in the second generation of British modernists. Birns adds to the understanding of how Powell and his compatriots pioneered a "next wave" modernism in which experimentation and traditional narrative combined in a sustainable mode." "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. Birns shows that instead of setting forth a single champion against evil, Powell subtly communicates a half-melancholy, half-humorous sensibility in which he invites the reader to share."--Jacket
Member of
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Birns, Nicholas
Dewey number
  • 823/.912
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PR6031.O74
LC item number
Z625 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Understanding contemporary British literature
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Autobiographical fiction, English
  • Powell, Anthony
  • England
Label
Understanding Anthony Powell, Nicholas Birns
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [337]-378) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Understanding Anthony Powell
  • A Company of Giddy-Heads: Understanding Powell's Fiction of the 1930s
  • Widmerpool and Theocritus: Understanding A Dance to the Music of Time
  • Man's Permitted Limits: Understanding Powell's Fiction of the 1980s
  • The Other Side of the Dance: Understanding Powell's Memoirs
  • Such Ideas as One Has: Understanding Powell's Journals
Control code
54500438
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
xvii, 389 pages
Isbn
9781570035494
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2004004430
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Understanding Anthony Powell, Nicholas Birns
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [337]-378) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Understanding Anthony Powell
  • A Company of Giddy-Heads: Understanding Powell's Fiction of the 1930s
  • Widmerpool and Theocritus: Understanding A Dance to the Music of Time
  • Man's Permitted Limits: Understanding Powell's Fiction of the 1980s
  • The Other Side of the Dance: Understanding Powell's Memoirs
  • Such Ideas as One Has: Understanding Powell's Journals
Control code
54500438
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
xvii, 389 pages
Isbn
9781570035494
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2004004430
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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