To increase widespread interest in the works of Anthony Powell
in a way which balances the needs of all enthusiasts,
including academics and professional literarists.
The Anthony Powell Society
is a charitable literary society devoted to the
author Anthony Powell, 1905-2000.
It was founded in June 2000
and awarded charitable status in April 2003.
The Society is governed by its
which states the formal charitable aim as:
To advance for the public benefit,
education and interest in the life and works
of the English author Anthony Dymoke Powell.
The Quotable Powell
True interest in yourself is comparatively rare,
sharply to be differentiated from mere egotism and selfishness;
characteristics often immoderately developed in persons
not in the least interested in themselves intellectually or objectively.
Indeed not everyone can stand the strain of gazing down too long into the personal crater,
with its scene of Hieronymus Bosch activities taking place in the depths.
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Anthony Powell; To Keep the Ball Rolling
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Contributed by Bruce Fleming
Anthony Powell, Author
The English author Anthony Dymoke Powell was born in London 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 sequence
A Dance to the Music of Time
(usually just referred to as Dance).
He wrote a further seven other novels, a biography of the
seventeenth-century diarist John Aubrey and two plays.
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,
and the Spectator.
He published four volumes of memoirs, three volumes of diaries and
of his selected literary criticism.
On top of all his writing,
Powell was 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.