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Anthony Powell

Anthony Powell by Hilary Spurling
Nov 06, 2018 | 480 Pages
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“A landmark biography.”
—James Marriott, The Times (London)
“Intimate and judicious, it doubles as an alternative history of a lost kind of Englishness.” 
—Tim Adams, The Observer (London)
“Witty, spirited, richly crowded with incident and character, and a joy to read.”
Prospect (London)

“Spurling has brought [Powell] to humane and generous life.
The Daily Telegraph (London)
“Spurling’s excellent and vivid biography will hopefully turn our attention again to Powell’s work…Powell emerges from this exemplary and deliciously readable account not only as a novelist of considerable significance who altered the parameters of the form, but also as a human being of great wit, impressive modesty and firm integrity. He is, as Proust was before him, the great literary chronicler of his culture in his time.”
—Claire Messud, The Guardian (London)

“A meticulous biography that deftly connects the life and work of the novelist often described as an English Proust…where Spurling excels is in her punchy analyses of his novels and her understanding of the writer’s life. We see his dealings with publishers in fascinating detail…and we witness the slow development of ideas about novelistic form that would lead him in his forties to embark on his masterpiece.”
—Lara Feigel, The Financial Times (London)

“In this biography, Powell gets what he deserves—a biographer of wide sympathy and human understanding, in tune with a style of manners and a way of thinking that is slowly vanishing, and very unlikely to be resurrected…Powell was a writer as self-doubting and as shockingly original as Beckett. It’s good to have a commentator who understands that.”
—Philip Hensher, Spectator (London)
“[Spurling’s] pen portraits are deft and vivid…She is an accomplished biographer – beady in seizing on telling details, brisk and bold in her evaluation of a character or retelling of an incident. Her comments on Powell’s writing are always illuminating.”
—Lucy Hughes-Hallett, New Statesman (London)

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