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This chronology does not include all of Anthony Powell's published works,
a complete list of which can be found in the Bibliography

1905 21 December. Anthony Dymoke Powell born, Westminster
1912 13 March. Lady Violet Pakenham born
1919-23 Attended Eton College
1922-23 Won a John Galsworthy Competition run by The Morning Post
1923 Wins Oppidan Prize on leaving Eton
1923-26 Reads History at Balliol College, Oxford
1926 Joined publishers Duckworth & Co, eventually rising to be an editor
1926-52 Lived and worked in London, except for travel and military service
1928 First book, The Barnard Letters, published by Duckworth
1931 First novel, Afternoon Men, published by Duckworth
1934 01 December. Married Lady Violet Pakenham, third daughter of the 5th Earl of Longford, at All Saints, Ennismore Gardens, London
Joined The Radnorshire Society
1936 Autumn. Left Duckworth and joined Warner Bros on 6 month contract as scriptwriter
1937 Leaves Warner Bros to start career as a full-time writer
Visits USA and Mexico; in Hollywood met F Scott Fitzgerald
Becomes a regular contributor to The Spectator and the Daily Telegraph
1939 Commissioned into the Welch Regiment at start of World War, later serving in the Intelligence Corps as a Liaison Officer with the Allied Forces in exile, and rising to the rank of Major
1940 25 April. First son, Tristram, born
1945 December: Demobbed from army
1946-48 Contributor to Luxemburger Wort
1946 11 January. Second son, John, born
Completed work on John Aubrey and His Friends, started before the war
1947 Awarded Czechoslovakian 'Order of the White Lion' and the Belgian 'Order of Leopold II'
Joined the editorial staff of the Times Literary Supplement
1948 Awarded Luxembourg 'Croix de Guerre' and 'Order of the Oaken Crown'
John Aubrey and His Friends published by Eyre & Spottiswoode
1948-55 New editions of Powell's five pre-war novels are published
1951 A Question of Upbringing, first novel in A Dance to the Music of Time duodecalogy, published by Heinemann
1952 Moves to The Chantry, in Somerset
1953 Appointed Literary Editor of Punch
1956 Awarded CBE
1957 At Lady Molly's, fourth volume of A Dance to the Music of Time, awarded the James Tait Black memorial Prize
1959 Left Punch and resumed contributing regularly to the Daily Telegraph
1960 The Acceptance World published in paperback by Meridian Fiction (New York); the first of Powell's novels to appear in paperback
1961 Venusberg is the first of Powell's novels to be published by Penguin
Visits USA
1962-76 Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, London
1962 Penguin edition of A Question of Upbringing
1964 Visits Japan and the Far East
1967 Collins Fontana paperback edition of A Question of Upbringing
1968 Son Tristram marries painter Virginia Lucas
1971 Awarded Hon. D.Litt. by University of Sussex
1973 Offered, and declined, a Knighthood
1974 Temporary Kings, eleventh novel in A Dance to the Music of Time, awarded the WH Smith Prize
Made an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford
1975 Hearing Secret Harmonies, twelfth and final volume of A Dance to the Music of Time, published by Heinemann
1976 First volume of memoirs, Infants of the Spring, published by Heinemann
Awarded Hon. D.Litt. by University of Leicester and by University of Kent
1977 Elected an Hon. Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Letters
1980 Awarded Hon. D.Litt. by University of Oxford
1981 Hon. Fellow of Modern Language Association of America
1982 Awarded Hon. D.Litt. by University of Bristol
1983 Novella O, how the wheel becomes it! published by Heinemann
1984 Given the Bennett Award by the Hudson Review
Ingersoll Foundation award of the TS Eliot Prize for Creative Literature
1986 Novel The Fisher King published by Heinemann
1988 Awarded Companion of Honour by HM The Queen in New Year Honours List
1990 Ceased regular contribution to the Daily Telegraph
Miscellaneous Verdicts, collected criticism, published by Heinemann
1992 Under Review, further volume of collected criticism, published by Heinemann
Awarded Hon. D.Litt. by University of Wales
1995 Journals 1982-1986, first volume of diaries, published by Heinemann
1997 Elected as a Vice-President of the Society of Genealogists
A Dance to the Music of Time televised on UK Channel 4 Television
2000 28 March. Died peacefully at home, The Chantry, near Frome, Somerset.
2002 12 January. Lady Violet Powell died in a Bath nursing home after a short illness.

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