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Quotable Powell · 4W 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 · 2M 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 · 3M 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 · 4M 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 ...
Quotable Powell · 5M ago

#140 Warning

Mrs Erdleigh issued her final warning."Court at your peril those spirits that dabble lasciviously with primaeval matter, horrid substances, sperm of the world, producing monsters and fantast...
Quotable Powell · 7M ago

#139 Fate

Gwatkin shook my hand too. He smiled in an odd sort of way, as if he dimly perceived it was no good battling against Fate, which, seen in right perspective, almost always provides a certain ...
Quotable Powell · 9M ago

#138 Government

'A great illusion is that government is carried on by an infallible, incorruptible machine,' Pennistone said. 'Officials — all officials, of all governments — are just as capable of behavin...
Quotable Powell · 10M ago

#137 Eccentrics

Simple-lifers, utopian socialists, spiritualists, occultists, theosophists, quietists, pacifists, futurists, cubists, zealots of all sorts in their approach to life and art ... were then [19...
Quotable Powell · 12M ago

#136 Russian Character

Lebedev — the name always reminded one of the character in The Idiot who was good at explaining the Apocalypse, though otherwise unreliable — rarely spoke; nor did he more than usually atten...
Quotable Powell · 1Y ago

#135 Critical Appraisal of Powell

Powell is one of the most serious and technically adroit novelists since Dickens. His procedures are in fact unobtrusively modernistic, but are in the interests of an essentially conservati...