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Quotable Powell · 1M ago

#150 Ageing

In the seven years or so that had passed since I had last seen him, Sir Magnus Donners had grown not so much older in appearances, as less like a human being. He now resembled an animated t...
Quotable Powell · 2M ago

#149 The Narrator

I occasionally get asked specific questions about the events of the narrative, and always point out that the story is, so to speak, merely "told over the dinner table", the Narrator only kno...
Quotable Powell · 3M ago

#148 Narrative Development

Powell creates a fictional memoirist (Nick) and Dance is an imaginative creation and depiction of his memory. Nick has to order his memories and interrogate them sequentially. Thus rather ...
Quotable Powell · 4M ago

#147 James Joyce

One of Joyce's most valuable bequests to writers is that none of them ever need to write a novel like Ulysses again; a benefaction unhappily sometimes disregarded, especially in the US. One ...
Quotable Powell · 5M ago

#146 Pepys Pastiche

So about noon we came to Dogdene, and I was fain to see the house, and that part newly builded whereof Dr Wren did formerly hold converse with me, telling me here was one of the first mansio...
Quotable Powell · 7M ago

#145 Self Interest

True interest in yourself is comparatively rare, sharply to be differentiated from mere egotism and selfishness; characteristics often immoderately developed in persons not in the least inte...
Quotable Powell · 8M ago

#144 Fiction Style

Compared with Waugh, Powell is not a mythologiser, and there is nothing in his fiction comparable to the recurring image of the doomed gentleman that I have tried to trace in Waugh's novels....
Quotable Powell · 9M ago

#143 Robert Burton

Burton himself says he suffered from melancholy ... At Oxford, when plagued with melancholy, Burton, who seems always to have enjoyed a joke, used to go down to the bridge over the river, an...
Quotable Powell · 11M ago

#142 Snowmen

But if the consolation for life is art, what may the artist expect from life?An incident mentioned quite casually in Vasari's Lives of the Most Excellent Italian Architects, Painters and Scu...
Quotable Powell · 1Y ago

#141 Pedigrees

The pedigree of Lewis of Harpton, on the other hand, is to be found in Dwnn's Visitations of Wales and elsewhere. Dwnn shows this Lewis descent as left-handed in the 15th century, though it ...