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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

As I reached the outskirts of Shepherd Market, at that period scarcely touched by rebuilding, I regained once more some small sense of exultation, enjoyed whenever crossing the perimeter of that sinister little village, that I lived within an enchanted precinct. Inconvenient, at moments, as a locality: noisy and uncomfortable: stuffy, depressing, unsavoury: yet the ancient houses still retained some vestige of the dignity of another age; while the inhabitants, many of them existing precariously on their bridge earnings, or hire of their bodies, were — as more than one novelist had, even in those days, already remarked — not without their own seedy glory.
Now, touched almost mystically, like another Stonehenge, by the first rays of the morning sun, the spot seemed one of those clusters of tumble-down dwellings depicted by Canaletto or Piranesi, habitations from amongst which arches, obelisks and viaducts, ruined and overgrown with ivy, arise from the mean houses huddled together below them. Here, too, such massive structures might, one felt, at any moment come into existence by some latent sorcery, for the place was scarcely of this world, and anything was to be surmised.

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Anthony Dymoke Powell

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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