Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time (Paperback)
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Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time (Paperback)

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Paperback 528 Pages / Published: 04/10/2018
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BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2017 in The Sunday Times, Spectator, Mail on Sunday, Observer and Financial Times

'A landmark biography' The Times, Books of the Year

'One of our generation's greatest biographers' London Review of Books

'Witty, spirited, richly crowded with incident and character - a joy to read' Prospect

From the author of the prize-winning Matisse The Master comes an essential biography of one of 20th century Britain's greatest literary minds

Anthony Powell: the literary genius who gave us A Dance to the Music of Time, an epic twelve spectacular volume cyle of novels about twentieth century British society. This comic masterpiece teems with idiosyncratic characters, capturing Britain through war and peace in all its eccentricity. And it was inspired by the author's own life immersed in rich social intrigue - debutante balls, penniless muses, publisher feuds, summers on the French Riviera, weekend parties at country houses, and friendships with everyone from Evelyn Waugh to Graham Greene to VS Naipaul...

Hilary Spurling brings all this back to vivid life, investigating the friends, relations, lovers and acquaintances, fools and savants who surrounded Anthony Powell, and who he immortalised in his magnificent literary legacy.

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Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141030791
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 428 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
[An] excellent and vivid biography... exemplary and deliciously readable * The Guardian *
One of our generation's greatest biographers * London Review Bookshop *
Meticulous... Where Spurling excels is in her punchy analyses of his novels and her understanding of the writer's life * The Financial Times *
Spurling has triumphed...A compelling portrait of a lost Englishman * The Observer *
This is a fine biography by a writer who knew Powell well, and who understands how writers think * The Spectator *
An accomplished biography of a great writer * Tatler *
Spurling has brought him to humane and generous life * The Daily Telegraph *
A sharp, graceful writer who has immersed herself in the territory... wonderfully vivid * The Mail on Sunday *
An accomplished biographer... her pen portraits are deft and vivid... brisk and bold in her evaluation of a character or retelling of an incident. Her comments on Powell's writing are always illuminating * The New Statesman *
Anyone feeling gloomy in their early 50s, worried they've been leading rather a futile life for half a century, should read this biography * Daily Mail *
[A] superb biography... beautifully written, meticulously tracked. Hilary Spurling shows a subtle understanding of her subject and his work. She demonstrates an almost uncanny ability to portray the huge cast of characters that floods in colourful profusion across the stage. Her identification of the originals of the characters in A Dance is masterly * The Oldie *
An often surprising and always brilliant picture of English upper-middle-class intellectual life in the mid-20th century: drunkards, journalists, musicians, aristocrats, hangers-on and the odd genius. I couldn't put it down * Claire Tomalin *
An exciting story, from its unhappy beginnings to its triumphant ending. You can't read this without your fingers itching to get at his Dance novels, whether for the first or the 15th time * Antonia Fraser *
Written with an elegance that does full credit to its subject * Michael Howard *
Meticulous biography. Spurling excels "in her punchy analyses of his novels and her understanding of the writer's life * Financial Times Books of the Year *
Worth the wait; intimate and judicious, it doubles as an alternative history of a lost kind of Englishness * The Guardian *
So readable... wonderfully vivid portraits of Powell's famous acquaintances * The Mail on Sunday Books of the Year *
Richly and movingly enjoyable... a tapestry of Powell's contemporaries * The Times *
Publisher's description. A biography of the comic writer Anthony Powell, author of the million-word masterpiece A Dance to the Music of Time, from renowned British biographer Hilary Spurling. An insightful and surprising look into what drove the writer widely regarded as the English Proust. * Penguin *

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