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Powell, Anthony 1905-2000

Works: 425 works in 2,521 publications in 4 languages and 44,324 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Fictional autobiographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  Biographies  Historical fiction  History  Diaries  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc 
Roles: Author, Other, Editor, Contributor
Classifications: PR6031.O74, 823.912
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A dance to the music of time: by Anthony Powell( Book )

39 editions published between 1951 and 2005 in English and held by 1,756 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Movement 2. The rumble of distant events in Germany and Spain presages the storm of WWII. In England, even as the whirl of marriages and adulteries, fashions and frivolities, personal triumphs and failures gathers speed, men and women find themselves on the brink of fateful choices
The valley of bones by Anthony Powell( Book )

68 editions published between 1964 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This, the seventh volume of Anthony Powell's sequence "A Dance to the Music of Time," sees World War II well underway. In early 1940 Nicholas Jenkins is assigned as a subaltern in a Welsh infantry unit, which is soon posted to Northern Ireland. The Dance perenially exhibits to the reader comical and grotesque personalities, and anyone who has ever done military service knows that nowhere else do you meet such a variety of odd people in such a short time. Thus we meet Gwatkin, a banker who sees being called up as a path to glory; Bithel the officer and Sayce the private who someone persist in the army in spite of poor turnout and criminal incompetency; Gittins who mans the company store as if it were the world's most valuable treasure, and many more. Indeed, so absorbing are these new figures that the usual cast of characters sit out most of the novel, visited only in one portion where Jenkins is on leave. Widmerpool appears at the close of the novel, again performing his role as the antagonist of the series. In spite of some tragedies -- many characters we have followed to date are to perish in the War -- this is one of the most uproariously funny volumes so far. The mysterious commander of their division is ultimately revealed to be a eccentric old man obsessed with eating a proper breakfast. Incidental matters of military routine descend into farce. --Christopher Culver at
A dance to the music of time : a question of upbringing. A buyer's market. The acceptance world by Anthony Powell( Book )

37 editions published between 1951 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Powell's monumental 12-part series traces the lives of a wide variety of characters in London from World War I until the 1960s
Hearing secret harmonies : a novel by Anthony Powell( Book )

48 editions published between 1975 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 1,340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scorpio Murtlock easily absorbs would-be High Priest of the alternative society, Ken Widmerpool, into his commune. Nicholas, now an elder statesman of the Literary Establishment, makes a nostalgic return journey to Stourwater to catch a final glimpse of Widmerpool as he disappears once more
The kindly ones by Anthony Powell( Book )

62 editions published between 1962 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrait of English society and its Bohemia, set against the outbreaks of the two world wars
The military philosophers by Anthony Powell( Book )

58 editions published between 1968 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is ninth in the series "A Dance to the Music of Time." The ninth volume, The Military Philosophers (1968), takes the series through the end of the war. Nick has found a place, reasonably tolerable by army standards, as an assistant liaison with foreign governments in exile. But like the rest of his countrymen, he is weary of life in uniform and looking ahead to peacetime. Until then, however, the fortunes of war continue to be unpredictable: more names are cruelly added to the bill of mortality, while other old friends and foes prosper. Widmerpool becomes dangerously entranced by the beautiful, fascinating, and vicious Pamela Flitton; and Nick's old flame Jean Duport makes a surprising reappearance. Elegiac and moving, but never without wit and perception, this volume wraps up Powell's unsurpassed treatment of England{u2019}s finest yet most costly hour.
The soldier's art by Anthony Powell( Book )

69 editions published between 1966 and 2005 in English and held by 1,263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taking place during the period between the occupation of Paris by the Germans in June 1940, and their invasion of Russia a year later. Nicholas Jenkins -now in his mid-thirties and still a second-lieutenant - is posted to a Divisional Headquarters as assistant to Widmerpool, a major on the staff. Jenkin's old friend Stringham finds himself in this particular Headquarters too, although under less favourable circumstances. A rather sinister side of Widmerpool appears as he surreptitiously meddles with the fate of others
Temporary kings by Anthony Powell( Book )

49 editions published between 1973 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the eleventh volume in the series "A Dance to the Music of Time." In this penultimate volume, Temporary Kings (1973), Nick and his contemporaries are at the height of their various careers in the arts, business, and politics. X. Trapnel is dead, but his mystery continues to draw ghoulish interest from readers and academics alike--as well as from his lover, Pamela Widmerpool. Kenneth Widmerpool, meanwhile, is an MP with mysterious connections beyond the newly dropped Iron Curtain, but he continues to be tormented by Pamela; a spectacular explosion, Nick can't help but realize, is imminent.
At Lady Molly's by Anthony Powell( Book )

85 editions published between 1957 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 1,223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A satiric picture of London society in the 1930's
Casanova's Chinese restaurant by Anthony Powell( Book )

76 editions published between 1960 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comedy of English society and Bohemian life in London during the middle 1930's
John Aubrey and his friends by Anthony Powell( Book )

50 editions published between 1948 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Aubrey FRS, (12 March 1626 ? 7 June 1697) was an English antiquary, natural philosopher and writer. He is perhaps best known as the author of the collection of short biographical pieces usually referred to as Brief Lives. He was a pioneer archaeologist, who recorded (often for the first time) numerous megalithic and other field monuments in southern England, and who is particularly noted as the discoverer of the Avebury henge monument. The Aubrey holes at Stonehenge are named after him, although there is considerable doubt as to whether the holes that he observed are those that currently bear the name. He was also a pioneer folklorist, collecting together a miscellany of material on customs, traditions and beliefs under the title "Remaines of Gentilisme and Judaisme". He set out to compile county histories of both Wiltshire and Surrey, although both projects remained unfinished. His "Interpretation of Villare Anglicanum" (also unfinished) was the first attempt to compile a full-length study of English place-names. He had wider interests in applied mathematics and astronomy, and was friendly with many of the greatest scientists of the day."--Wikipedia
Books do furnish a room; a novel by Anthony Powell( Book )

46 editions published between 1971 and 2005 in English and held by 1,157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Books do Furnish a Room is the tenth novel of Anthony Powell's long sequence "A Dance to the Music of Time." It opens in the winter of 1945/46 as Britain settles back into peacetime, though not without annoying rationing and shortages. [Nick] Jenkins has come to his old university for research towards a biography on Robert Burton, but soon first himself involved in the launch of a new literary magazine with distinct leftist tones. --Christopher Culver at
The fisher king : a novel by Anthony Powell( Book )

42 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What's become of Waring by Anthony Powell( Book )

70 editions published between 1939 and 2015 in English and held by 1,142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What happens when a noted travel-book writer is reported "dead", and the literary world of London is thrown into a tizzy at the news. A comedy of hidden identity
Afternoon men, a novel by Anthony Powell( Book )

85 editions published between 1931 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A social comedy about "a company of giddyheads" and their wanderings in London's Bohemia
From a view to a death by Anthony Powell( Book )

74 editions published between 1933 and 2015 in English and held by 1,113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A social comedy about an ambitious young artist on the make among some eccentric English country gentry
The acceptance world, a novel by Anthony Powell( Book )

103 editions published between 1933 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 1,025 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the third novel in the series "A Dance to the Music of Time." The third volume, The Acceptance World (1955), opens with Nick Jenkins, in his late twenties, beginning to make his way in the world of letters: working for a publisher, writing on his own, and establishing connections across the literary landscape. At the same time, he is making his way in love, as a surprise meeting with an old friend's sister blossoms into an affair. Meanwhile, friends are diving into marriage and careers, and the patterns of life's dance are starting to take shape--even as the future steps remain shadowy.
O, how the wheel becomes it! : a novel by Anthony Powell( Book )

31 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in English and held by 945 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Powell tells the story in O, How the Wheel Becomes It! of a British literary celebrity who is not an important writer, is no great personality, and certainly is no cause for celebration of the human species. G.F.H. Shadbold, a lifelong poseur and literary manque, lives, for the most part, in fear of discovery." "A friend, Cedric Winterwade, whom Shadbold evidently seduced in his college days, writes a novel almost as insignificant and badly written as Shadbold's own literary output. As time passes, however, and the "friend" is killed in the army, Winterwade's novel begins to be rediscovered while Shadbold's work remains ignored. The discovery that Winterwade has penned a journal sets the stage for a hilarious series of events, ending in Shadbold's justifiable downfall from grace as he discovers that his friend has revealed not only Shadbold's sexual indiscretions, but has described his own affair with a woman with whom Shadbold had been in love. Powell pokes fun at the writing community, academic life, and a whole generation of memoir-toting literati."--Jacket
A question of upbringing, a novel by Anthony Powell( Book )

104 editions published between 1951 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduces the four main characters of the series: Nick Jenkins; Templar, the womanizer and lay-about; Stringham, privileged and haughty; and Widmerpool, the odd man out, with drive and ambition, but no class. Follows the characters from bording school through to college; and sets the scene for the following titles
A buyer's market, a novel by Anthony Powell( Book )

107 editions published between 1952 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this second volume of the series "A Dance to the Music of Time,"we see [Nicholas Jenkins] entering the ballrooms of high society while also discovering the London demimonde of the late 1920s... Nearly the entire first half of the novel is dedicated to a single evening, where Jenkins describes the participants of a dinner, a dance and a seedy part in exhaustive detail. Here we see more clearly than the first novel Powell's conception of his social circle over the decades as a dance. Stringham and Widmerpool, among other characters from the first novel, enter Jenkins' life again after a gap of several years, but no sooner do they show up than they are cast away by new fates. With Jenkins' greater maturity comes a recognition of more important societal concerns in 1920s England. One character's awkwardly closeted homosexuality creates complications for Jenkins' circle, as does the need for a young female character to procure an abortion when it was seriously illegal. By the end of the novel, Jenkins has even entered among political radicals...
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The valley of bones
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Pouėll, Ė. 1905-2000

Pouèll, Èntoni.

Pouėll, Ėntoni 1905-2000

Powell, Anthony

Powell, Anthony 1905-2000

Powell, Anthony Dymoke

Powell, Anthony Dymoke 1905-2000

Powėll, Enthoni.

Поуэлл, Э. 1905-2000

Поуэлл, Энтони

Поуэлл, Энтони 1905-2000

אנתוני פאוול סופר בריטי

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The valley of bonesA dance to the music of time : a question of upbringing. A buyer's market. The acceptance worldHearing secret harmonies : a novelThe kindly onesThe military philosophersThe soldier's artTemporary kingsAt Lady Molly's