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Powell, Dawn

Works: 95 works in 396 publications in 5 languages and 11,484 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Autobiographical fiction  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Satire  Diaries  Humorous fiction  Autobiographies  Personal correspondence  Drama 
Roles: Author, Creator
Classifications: PS3531.O936, 813.52
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Dawn Powell
Novels, 1930-1942 by Dawn Powell( Book )

12 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Novels, 1944-1962 by Dawn Powell( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the publisher. American literature has known few writers capable of the comic elan and full-bodied portraiture that abound in the novels of Dawn Powell. Yet for decades after her death, Powell's work was out of print, cherished only by a small band of admirers. Only recently has there been a rediscovery of the writer Gore Vidal calls "our best comic novelist," and whom Edmund Wilson considered to be "on a level with Anthony Powell, Evelyn Waugh, and Muriel Spark." In a two-volume set, The Library of America presents the best of Powell's quirky, often hilarious, sometimes deeply moving fiction. Dawn Powell -- a vital part of literary Greenwich Village from the 1920s through the 1960s -- was the observant chronicler of two very different worlds: the small-town Ohio where she grew up and the sophisticated Manhattan where she lived for nearly fifty years. If her Ohio novels are more melancholy and compassionate, her Manhattan novels, exuberant and incisive, sparkle with a cast of writers, show people, businessmen, and hangers-on -- all caught with Powell's uniquely sharp yet compassionate eye. A playful satirist, an unsentimental observer of failed hopes and misguided longings, Dawn Powell is a literary rediscovery of rare importance. My Home Is Far Away (1944), the last of Powell's Ohio novels, is a fictionalized memoir of her difficult childhood. With The Locusts Have No King (1948), the story of a scholar's unexpected brush with the temptations of celebrity and riches, Powell resumed her lifelong dissection of New York's pretensions and glamour. The first of three brilliant postwar satires, it was followed by The Wicked Pavilion (1954), a novel that lays bare its characters' illusions about love and success against the backdrop of the Cafe Julien, a relic of a bygone era in the history of Greenwich Village. The volume concludes with Powell's final novel, The Golden Spur (1962), in which she drew on her time spent among painters at the famed Cedar Tavern for an affectionate if pointed satire on Manhattan's art world
The Golden Spur, a novel by Dawn Powell( Book )

27 editions published between 1962 and 2005 in 5 languages and held by 622 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 )

29 editions published between 1944 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 613 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 )

28 editions published between 1948 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Satire on New York night life and literary crowd
The wicked pavilion by Dawn Powell( Book )

31 editions published between 1954 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The wicked pavilion of the title is the Cafe Julien where everybody who is anybody goes to recover from failed love affairs and to pursue new ones, to cadge money, to hatch plots, and to puncture one another's reputation."--Back cover
A time to be born by Dawn Powell( Book )

30 editions published between 1942 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focuses on the story of a wealthy, self-centered newspaper publisher and his scheming, novelist wife in World War II-era New York City
Dawn Powell at her best by Dawn Powell( Book )

6 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Angels on toast by Dawn Powell( Book )

18 editions published between 1940 and 2012 in English and held by 427 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 )

12 editions published between 1952 and 1999 in English and held by 361 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 )

17 editions published between 1936 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 272 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
The happy island by Dawn Powell( Book )

12 editions published between 1938 and 2012 in English and French and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Young playwright Jefferson Abbott arrives in New York City and is astonished with his childhood sweetheart, Prudence Bly, now a nightclub singer, and her circle of friends and their activities
The bride's house by Dawn Powell( Book )

9 editions published between 1929 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 244 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 )

11 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 218 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 184 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 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A cage for lovers by Dawn Powell( Book )

6 editions published between 1957 and 1966 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jig saw, a comedy by Dawn Powell( Book )

4 editions published between 1933 and 1934 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Novels, 1930-1942
Novels, 1944-1962The Golden Spur, a novelMy home is far awayThe locusts have no kingThe wicked pavilionA time to be bornDawn Powell at her bestAngels on toast
Alternative Names
Dawn Powell Ameerika Ühendriikide kirjanik

Dawn Powell Amerikaans schrijfster (1896-1965)

Dawn Powell écrivain américaine

Dawn Powell écrivaine américaine

Dawn Powell escriptora estatunidenca

Dawn Powell escritora estadounidense

Dawn Powell scriitoare americană

Dawn Powell scrittrice statunitense

Dawn Powell usona verkisto

Dawn Powell yhdysvaltalainen kirjailija

Powell, Dawn 1897-1965

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English (279)

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Spanish (9)

Italian (8)

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