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Anthony Powell Society
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04/12/2014: Recent Newsletter back numbers added to the Reference Library

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19/11/2014: 2014 Anthony Powell Lecture CANCELLED; details at AP News Weblog.

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

At Toulon there was a lot of sun and a breeze from the sea. The interior of the railway station appeared neatly arranged for the opening act of a musical comedy. Sailors with white trousers and red pom-poms in their caps wandered about pointing at Cocteau's latest on the bookstalls, or watched the engines puffing up and down the line. Some Tonquinese infantrymen were entraining for the Buddhist temple at Frejus. Overgrown blacks from Senegal, with their waists pinched in by red cummerbunds and wearing high tarbooshes on their tiny heads, leant against the wall, finding perpetual amusement in the antics of the French. A Captain of Spahis in a scarlet tunic, baggy trousers, and a long cloak strode up and down as if he were about to sing the first number of the show.

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Anthony Powell, What's Become of Waring
Contributed by Michael Barber

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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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