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Powell, Dawn

Works: 68 works in 325 publications in 5 languages and 10,520 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Diaries  Records and correspondence  Drama  Satire  Biography  Humorous fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3531.O936, 813.52
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Most widely held works by Dawn Powell
Novels, 1930-1942 by Dawn Powell( Book )

15 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Wittier than Dorothy Parker, dissects the rich better than F. Scott Fitzgerald, is more plaintive than Willa Cather in her evocation of the heartland and has a more supple control of satirical voice than Evelyn Waugh, the writer to whom she's most often compared." (Lisa Zeidner, The New York Times) For decades after her death, Dawn Powell's work was out of print, cherished by a small band of admirers. Only recently has there been renewed awareness of the novelist who was such a vital presence in literary Greenwich Village from the 1920s to the 1960s. Dawn Powell was the tirelessly observant chronicler of two very different worlds: the small-town Ohio of her childhood and the sophisticated Manhattan to which she gravitated. If her Ohio novels are more melancholy and compassionate in their depiction of often frustrated lives, her Manhattan novels, with their cast of writers, show people, businessmen, and hustling hangers-on, are more exuberant and incisive. But all show rich characterization and a flair for the gist of social complexities. A playful satirist, an unsentimental observer of failed hopes and misguided longings, Dawn Powell is a literary rediscovery of rare importance. Edited by Tim Page
Novels, 1944-1962 by Dawn Powell( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects four novels written by the twentieth-century American novelist, including "My Home is Far Away," "The Locusts Have No King," "The Wicked Pavilion," and "The Golden Hour."
The Golden Spur, a novel by Dawn Powell( Book )

25 editions published between 1962 and 2005 in 5 languages and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Young man from Ohio comes to Greenwich Village in search of his real father
My home is far away by Dawn Powell( Book )

24 editions published between 1944 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 617 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the permanent masterpieces of childhood, comparable with David Copperfield, What Maisie Knew and the early reminiscences of Colette" (New York Times Book Review). In this family chronicle set at the turn of the century, and the most autobiographical of Powell's novels, young Marcia Willard's family struggles to keep up with the changing times and Marcia endures disillusionment and cruelty to forge a survivor's sense of independence
The locusts have no king by Dawn Powell( Book )

26 editions published between 1948 and 2011 in English and French and held by 580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Satire on New York night life and literary crowd
The wicked pavilion by Gina Athena Ulysse( Book )

28 editions published between 1954 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of mid-century New York, and the people who frequented the Cafe Julien, just off Washington Square
Dawn Powell at her best by Dawn Powell( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Angels on toast by Dawn Powell( Book )

23 editions published between 1940 and 2012 in English and French and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Everyone in Dawn Powell's New York satire Angels on Toast is on the make: Lou Donovan, the entrepeneur who ricochets frantically between his well-connected current wife, his disreputable ex, and his dangerously greedy mistress; Trina Kameray, the exotic adventuress whose job title is as phony as her accent; T.V. Truesdale, the man with the aristocratic manner, the fourteen-dollar suit, and the hyperactive eye for the main chance. A dizzyingly fast-paced and deliriously entertaining novel. From the Trade Paperback edition
Sunday, Monday, and always by Dawn Powell( Book )

11 editions published between 1952 and 1999 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eighteen short stories are mostly about disillusioned or defeated people
Four plays by Dawn Powell( Book )

6 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rounding out the book are two unpublished (and as yet unproduced) plays that Powell wrote in the late 1920s - the experimental, quasi-expressionist Women at Four O'Clock and a nostalgic bittersweet story of old New York, Walking Down Broadway, which director Erich von Stroheim would later adapt into the Hollywood film Hello, Sister!"--Jacket
Turn, magic wheel by Dawn Powell( Book )

16 editions published between 1936 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this hilarious skewering of the New York literary scene, a scheming writer has stolen the life story of his friend -- the wife of a famous, Hemingway-like novelist -- to use in his own novel. And that's only one of the betrayals in this sharp lampoon of the cosmopolitan literati. Dawn Powell considered this her best satire
The bride's house by Dawn Powell( Book )

7 editions published between 1929 and 1998 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the closing years of the nineteenth century, Sophie Truelove, a thwarted and uncommonly self-aware young woman, is hopelessly torn between the safety and kindness offered by her dull, respectable husband and the temptations of a dashing and mysterious stranger."
Come back to Sorrento by Dawn Powell( Book )

9 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a country boy by Dawn Powell( Book )

6 editions published between 1934 and 2001 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Christopher Bennett grew up ambitious, bright, and hardworking on an Ohio farm. His first wage-earning job was in a foundry. An imposing physical specimen, a World War I volunteer, and a square shooter, he rises to levels of wealth and power generally open only to the East Coast-educated sons of corporate vice-presidents. When he ultimately earns the position of general manager at a steel corporation, it never occurs to him that he has deserted his heritage."--Page 4 of cover
Dance night by Dawn Powell( Book )

7 editions published between 1930 and 2000 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A cage for lovers by Dawn Powell( Book )

6 editions published between 1957 and 1966 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jig saw, a comedy by Dawn Powell( Book )

4 editions published between 1933 and 1934 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Angels on toast ; The wicked pavilion ; The golden spur by Dawn Powell( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The diaries of Dawn Powell, 1931-1965 by Dawn Powell( Book )

5 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Diaries which document the life and work of Dawn Powell who wrote satirical novels about New York City society. Describes her friendships with John Dos Passos, Edmund Wilson, Ernest Hemingway, Malcolm Crowley, and many others
Selected letters of Dawn Powell, 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Selected Letters of Dawn Powell, 1913-1965 traces a writer's fifty-two-year journey from her childhood in a small Ohio town to the glitter of Manhattan cosmopolitan life." "Living most of her life in Greenwich Village, Powell supported herself as a writer through the Depression and two world wars while nursing an autistic son, an alcoholic husband, and her own parade of illnesses. In her correspondence we find the record of a life that produced fifteen novels, ten plays, and more than one hundred stories." "Letters to such luminaries as Edmund Wilson, John Dos Passos, and the legendary editor Max Perkins are filled with gossip and literary commentary; they also provide and in-depth look at Powell's own writing-in-progress and the events and ideas that obsessed her."--Jacket
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Novels, 1930-1942
Alternative Names
Dawn Powell Amerikaans schrijfster (1896-1965)

Dawn Powell écrivain américaine

Dawn Powell scrittrice statunitense

Powell, Dawn 1897-1965

Пауэлл, Дон

Пауэлл, Дон (писательница)

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English (205)

French (15)

Spanish (9)

German (8)

Italian (7)

Novels, 1944-1962The Golden Spur, a novelMy home is far awayThe locusts have no kingThe wicked pavilionDawn Powell at her bestAngels on toastSunday, Monday, and always