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A Dance to the Music of Time Second Movement (Paperback)

Author:  Anthony Powell
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0226677168
ISBN-13: 9780226677163
Sku: 30031523
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1.5T
Pages:  746
Edition Number:  2
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In the background of this second volume of A Dance to the Music of Time, the rumble of distant events in Germany and Spain presages the storm of World War II. 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.
Powell's monumental 12-part series traces the lives of a wide variety of characters in London from World War I until the 1960s.
Author Bio
Anthony Powell
Born into an upper-class family--his father was an army officer--Powell attended Eton and Oxford. He worked in publishing and as a journalist and, in 1931, his first novel was published. In 1934 he married Lady Violet Pakenham, a wealthy daughter of the fifth Earl of Longford, and had two sons. After a short stint in Hollywood looking for screenwriting work, Powell returned to London, reviewed books for a living, and continued to write novels. He published nothing between WHAT'S BECOME OF WARING in 1939 and A BUYER'S MARKET in 1952. The war intervened (Powell was an officer), and he also wrote a biography of John Aubrey. His monumental work, A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME, was inspired by Poussin's painting of that name, which he saw in London in the Wallace Collection and which suggested the effects of time on human beings as well as what he called "the inexorable law of coincidence." Powell also wrote several other novels and four volumes of memoirs. Offered a knighthood in 1973, he declined (thinking a knight "rather an awful thing to be") and died at the age of 94.


"Powell is the most brilliantly amusing and penetrating novelist we have in England. Those who approach his work for the first time have a uniquely invigorating time ahead of them. I would rather read Powell than any English novelist now writing." - Kingsley Amis

New Yorker
"One of the most important works of fiction since the Second World War....The novel looked, as it began, something like a comedy of manners; then, for a while, like a tragedy of manners; now like a vastly entertaining, deeply melancholy, yet somehow courageous statement about a human experience." - Naomi Bliven

New York Times Book Review
"Powell's fascination was not at all with the smug connections of a closed caste but with the remarkable anarchic openness of English life, its quirks and eddies, and indeed with the ups and downs of life generally. As a matter of fact, his fiction was extraordinarily democratic in a way that few other writers of his time could claim. The light plays evenly on each personage; not merely on the beautiful..., or even on the monstrous....Indeed, it is these unremarkable, unglamorous characters whom we are most pleased to meet again and the sense of whose ongoing life Powell revives....Perhaps the most crucial of Powell's insights was that everyone you get to know well turns out to be extraordinary." - Ferdinand Mount 04/30/2000

New Republic
"The most heartening, if uncelebrated, literary event of recent months is the publication by the University of Chicago of Anthony Powell's masterwork, "A Dance to the Music of Time". - William H. Pritchard 08/19/1996

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeEdition:   0002
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0746
Product attributePublisher:   University of Chicago Press
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