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Quotable Powell · 2d ago

#155 Irons

"I've found an iron Beryl lent me. I don't exactly like to send it back without saying anything. Equally I don't want to have to write to her. I wondered whether you could take charge of ...
Quotable Powell · 1M ago

#154 Novelist's Function

Mr Powell is, mercifully, a writer without a 'message', either philosophical, religious or political; he is content to examine without comment, and to illustrate through character in action,...
Quotable Powell · 2M ago

#153 Pepys

I thought of Pepys, and the 'great black maid'; and immediately Widmerpool's resemblance to the existing portraits of the diarist became apparent. He had the same obdurate, put-upon, bad-te...
Quotable Powell · 3M ago

#152 Trapnel

Trapnel wanted, among other things, to be a writer, a dandy, a lover, a comrade, an eccentric, a sage, a virtuoso, a good chap, a man of honour, a hard case, a spendthrift, an opportunist, a...
Quotable Powell · 4M ago

#151 Lewde Persons

That on 7th July 17 Eliz. [1575], one Robert Lowes of Glawstrie co. Radnor, gent., Meredith ap Thomas ap Harry ... Robert ap Griffithe ap Lewes, Robert William & Edward Smithe, in the compan...
Quotable Powell · 6M 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 · 7M 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 · 8M 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 · 9M 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 · 10M 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...