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Anthony Powell Society
is registered charity 1096873

Contact us at:
secretary@anthonypowell.org
 
Tel: +44 (0)20 8864 4095
 
Registered Office:
76 Ennismore Avenue
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UB6 0JW, UK

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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

[T]he ultimate comparison between Powell and Proust, and the one which perhaps fixes itself most permanently in the reader's mind, is that of two authors whose characters grow old. It is so rare a feature of the novel that it deserves to remain as the ultimate justification for bringing together two writers whose books do, above everything else, make us conscious of the passage of time.

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Philip Thody, "The English Proust" in Robert Gibson (ed), Studies in French Fiction in Honour of Vivienne Mylne

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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