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Anthony Dymoke Powell, CH (December 21, 1905 - March 28, 2000) was a British novelist best known for his A Dance to the Music of Time duodecalogy published between 1951 and 1975. According to his memoirs, Powell rhymes with pole (not towel). The Order of the Companions of Honour is a British and Commonwealth Order (decoration). ... is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1905 (MCMV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar). ... is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... A Dance to the Music of Time is a twelve volume roman à clef by Anthony Powell, published between 1951 and 1975. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Powell was regarded by such writers as Evelyn Waugh and Kingsley Amis as amongst the greatest British novelists of the 20th century, and has been called the English equivalent of Marcel Proust[1]. Powell's work remains in print continuously, and has been the subject of TV and radio dramatisations. Evelyn Waugh, as photographed in 1940 by Carl Van Vechten Arthur Evelyn St. ... Sir Kingsley William Amis (April 16, 1922 – October 22, 1995) was an English novelist, poet, critic, and teacher. ... “Proust” redirects here. ...


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Youth

Powell's career at Eton was marked by what he recalled as "well-deserved obscurity" in "the worst house in the school". He felt no enthusiasm for the games that brought popularity and prestige. His housemaster's reports over the years commented on his growing reserve and moodiness. (Powell later argued that this made too much of his lack of bonhomie; he had easy relationships with people he liked.) The Kings College of Our Lady of Eton beside Windsor, commonly known as Eton College or just Eton, is a public school (privately funded and independent) for boys, founded in 1440 by King Henry VI. It is located in Eton, near Windsor in England, north of Windsor Castle, and...


He came to spend a lot of his spare time at the Studio, where a sympathetic art-master encouraged him to develop his talent as a draughtsman and his interest in the visual arts. In 1922 he became a founder-member of the Eton Society of Arts. The Society's members produced an occasional magazine called The Eton Candle, and Powell was represented by "a not very interesting drawing" published under the title (not chosen by Powell) of Colonel Caesar Cannonbrains of the Black Hussars. In the examinations during his final year Powell was graded 9th in the school and 3rd oppidan (i.e. excluding the notably gifted boys who were grouped together in College), "a laurel of reasonable distinction". The Mona Lisa is one of the most recognizable artistic paintings in the Western world. ...


Powell went up to Balliol College at the University of Oxford to read history in the autumn of 1923. He was still three months short of his eighteenth birthday. He later said that he experienced a loss of intellectual vitality rather than stimulation from his new environmement. Shortly after his arrival he was introduced to the Hypocrites Club, originally founded as an undergraduate discussion group but by now progressed to be a lively and bibulous gathering that did not attract the aesthetes, the hearties or the conspicuously well-behaved. Full name Balliol College Motto - Named after John de Balliol Previous names - Established 1263 Sister College St Johns College, Cambridge Master Andrew Graham (academic) Location Broad Street Undergraduates 403 Graduates 228 Homepage Boatclub Balliol College, founded in 1263, is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford... The University of Oxford (usually abbreviated as Oxon. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Aesthetics (or esthetics) (from the Greek word αισθητική meaning a perceiver or sensitive) is a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of beauty. ...


Away from the Hypocrites he came to know Maurice Bowra, then a young don at Wadham College and enjoyed his company, without subscribing to his article of faith that Oxford was the centre of the civilised world. During his third year Powell lived out of college, sharing digs with Henry Yorke. Powell travelled on the Continent during his holidays and in Paris, in December, 1925, in his twenty-first year, lost his virginity to Lulu, of whom little is known, not even, alas, the bare details. Sir Cecil Maurice Bowra (April 8, 1898 – July 4, 1971) was an English classical scholar, teacher, and wit. ... Wadham College is a constituent college of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the capital of France. ...


Powell had worked hard, expected a second-class degree, hoped for a first but, in the event, was awarded a third.


Early adult life

Powell came to work in London in the autumn of 1926. He rented rooms at 9 Shepherd Street, Shepherd Market, a small, rather seedy enclave tucked away among the grand houses of Mayfair. He was employed in a form of apprenticeship at the publishers, Duckworth and Company in Covent Garden, under an arrangement negotiated with a friend of his father's, Tom Balston, who was a director there. Mayfair is an area in the City of Westminster London, named after the fortnight-long May Fair that took place there from 1686 until it was banned in that location in 1764. ... Covent Garden is a district in London, located on the easternmost parts of the City of Westminster and the southwest corner of the London Borough of Camden. ...


One strand of his social life developed around attendance at formal debutante dances in white tie and tails at houses in Mayfair or Belgravia. Without telling his friends he joined a Territorial Regiment in a South London suburb and for two or three evenings a week dined in mess, then spent a couple of hours under instruction in the riding school. Mayfair is an area in the City of Westminster London, named after the fortnight-long May Fair that took place there from 1686 until it was banned in that location in 1764. ... Belgravia is a district in the City of Westminster in London, to the south-west of Buckingham Palace. ...


He renewed acquaintance with Evelyn Waugh, whom he had known at Oxford and was a frequent guest for Sunday supper at Waugh's parents' house, between Hampstead and Golders Green. Waugh introduced him to the Gargoyle Club, upstairs in an alley off Dean Street, Soho, which gave him a foothold in London's Bohemia. Evelyn Waugh, as photographed in 1940 by Carl Van Vechten Arthur Evelyn St. ... , Hampstead is a suburb of north London in the London Borough of Camden, located four miles (6. ... Golders Green is an area in the London Borough of Barnet in London, England. ...


He came to know the painters Nina Hamnett and Adrian Daintrey, who were neighbours in Fitzrovia, and he was soon to meet the composer Constant Lambert, who remained a close friend until Lambert's death in 1951. Nina Hamnett (February 14, 1890 - December 16, 1956) was an artist and writer, known as the Queen of Bohemia. ... Fitzrovia is an area of central London. ... Leonard Constant Lambert (August 23, 1905 – August 21, 1951) was a British composer and conductor. ...


In 1929 he moved from Shepherd Market to a flat at 33 Tavistock Square in Bloomsbury. Tavistock Square Tavistock Square is a square in Bloomsbury, London. ... Bloomsbury may refer to: Bloomsbury, London, an area in the centre of the city the Bloomsbury group, an English literary group active around from around 1905 to the start of World War II. the Bloomsbury Gang, a political grouping centred on the local landowner, John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford...


Powell in the 1930s

Powell's first novel, Afternoon Men, was published by Duckworth’s in 1931, with Powell supervising its production himself. A second novel, Venusberg, also published by Duckworth’s, followed in 1932.


Shortly after its appearance Powell’s own position at the firm changed. The original agreement had provided that in 1929, by which time Powell would have had three years to learn the ropes, his father would invest a capital sum to buy Powell a directorship. When the time came, Powell’s father refused to proceed with this arrangement and Powell became a simple employee of the firm. In 1932, Balston told Powell that, with hard times threatening in the publishing world, he could either continue to work full-time at a reduced salary, with no guaranteed future, or he could take a bigger cut and work mornings only. Powell chose the latter. In 1934 Balston was himself ousted from the firm for unrelated reasons.


Powell’s third novel, From a View to a Death, was published in 1934. Prior to its appearance he had moved again, within Bloomsbury, to 26 Brunswick Square. E. M. Forster occupied the flat below him, though the two contrived to avoid making one another’s acquaintance. Bloomsbury may refer to: Bloomsbury, London, an area in the centre of the city the Bloomsbury group, an English literary group active around from around 1905 to the start of World War II. the Bloomsbury Gang, a political grouping centred on the local landowner, John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford... Brunswick Square Brunswick Square is a public garden in Bloomsbury, City of Westminster, London. ... Edward Morgan Forster, OM (January 1, 1879 – June 7, 1970), was an English novelist, short story writer, and essayist. ...


All three of Powell’s novels had been favourably noticed in the London literary world, without selling more than two- or three-thousand copies. His next published work was a contribution to a symposium in which various authors wrote about their school days. The book was the brain-child of Graham Greene, who had been a contemporary, though not a friend of Powell’s, at Balliol. Powell’s recollections of Eton appeared under the title of The Wat’ry Glade. This article is about the writer. ... Full name Balliol College Motto - Named after John de Balliol Previous names - Established 1263 Sister College St Johns College, Cambridge Master Andrew Graham (academic) Location Broad Street Undergraduates 403 Graduates 228 Homepage Boatclub Balliol College, founded in 1263, is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford... The Kings College of Our Lady of Eton beside Windsor, commonly known as Eton College or just Eton, is a public school (privately funded and independent) for boys, founded in 1440 by King Henry VI. It is located in Eton, near Windsor in England, north of Windsor Castle, and...


In the spring of 1934 Powell was invited by telephone to a party given by Lady Pansy Lamb, wife of the painter Henry Lamb and the eldest sister of Powell’s future wife. He bumped into a second married sister again a few weeks later and with some hesitation accepted her invitation to spend his fortnight’s summer holiday at the family castle in Ireland. Only during the second week of his stay did he get closely acquainted with a third sister, Lady Violet Pakenham. Things then moved quickly. Powell proposed at the end of September, and on 1 December 1934 they were married at All Saints, Ennismore Gardens, Knightsbridge. They spent their honeymoon in Greece before returning for a short period to Brunswick Square (where E. M. Forster was quick to make a surreptitious inspection of the new arrival), then moving, still (just) within Bloomsbury, to a flat on the top two floors of 47 Great Ormond Street. Lady Violet Powell (March 13, 1912 - January 12, 2002), born Lady Violet Georgiana Pakenham, third daughter of Thomas Pakenham, 5th Earl of Longford and Lady Mary Julia Child-Villiers (daughter of Victor Child-Villiers, 7th Earl of Jersey), was a writer and critic. ... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Knightsbridge is a street and district spanning the City of Westminster and theRoyal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London notable for its eclectic mix of rich, famous, and international residents including several billionaires Roman Abramovich, oligarchs from Russia, China and India, international businessman Lord Marshall of Knightsbridge, trend setters Charles... Brunswick Square Brunswick Square is a public garden in Bloomsbury, City of Westminster, London. ... Edward Morgan Forster, OM (January 1, 1879 – June 7, 1970), was an English novelist, short story writer, and essayist. ... Bloomsbury may refer to: Bloomsbury, London, an area in the centre of the city the Bloomsbury group, an English literary group active around from around 1905 to the start of World War II. the Bloomsbury Gang, a political grouping centred on the local landowner, John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford...


Powell, who had very few relations of his own, had married into a large, diverse and talented family. Life was also changing in other respects. Powell was unsympathetic to the popular-front, Leftist commitment that was asserting itself in literary and critical circles, and a holiday trip to the Soviet Union in 1936 did not change his attitude. His fourth novel, Agents and Patients, (published by Duckworth’s in 1936, the last to appear under their imprint), remained as politically uncommitted as his earlier work.


In the autumn of that year he left Duckworth’s and took a job as a script writer at the Warner Brothers Studio in Teddington. The job paid well, but involved long hours and a difficult journey as well as much drudgery under virtually industrial discipline. With a team of others, he laboured to produce material that could be turned into a cheap film for the Quota. The Quota was a device intended by the Government to protect the British film industry, by requiring cinemas to show a proportionate footage of British-made film for every one of the (more popular) foreign films they put on. Warner Brothers, an American company, set up their Teddington studios to ensure that they reaped some of the benefit, though without any intention of switching major productions or potential hits away from Hollywood. (A number of cinemas met their obligations by opening at breakfast time, so that charwomen, after finishing their office-cleaning, could rest and watch a film at virtually no expense.) After six months of fruitless labour, Powell’s contract expired and was not renewed. Warner Bros. ... , Teddington is an area on the Middlesex bank of the Thames between Hampton Wick and Twickenham in Middlesex, England, and stretches inland from the Thames to Bushy Park. ... Warner Bros. ... , Teddington is an area on the Middlesex bank of the Thames between Hampton Wick and Twickenham in Middlesex, England, and stretches inland from the Thames to Bushy Park. ... ...


The approach of war

With money saved from his work for Warner Brothers, Powell and his wife moved home again, buying a lease of 1 Chester Gate in Regent's Park, which they were to own for seventeen years. Powell heard of possible further employment in the film industry, this time in Hollywood where, it was reported, A Yank at Oxford was about to be commissioned. The Powells set out for Hollywood on the understanding that a job was likely to be negotiable once on the spot. In the event, a series of inconclusive interviews led to no offer, either on that film or any other. Through a mutual acquaintance the Powells met F. Scott Fitzgerald over lunch in the commissary at MGM, where Fitzgerald was working. The Powells returned to London in August, 1937. Warner Bros. ... This article is about Regents Park in London. ... Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American Jazz Age author of novels and short stories. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


It was by now clear that the threat of war was growing. Powell got his name accepted on to the register of the Army Officers Emergency Reserve. He had no immediate ideas for his next book, but found work reviewing novels for The Daily Telegraph and memoirs and autobiographies for The Spectator. During his time in California Powell had contributed a couple of articles to the magazine Night and Day, which had recently been founded to provide a London equivalent of The New Yorker. Powell wrote a few more occasional pieces for them until, in March 1938, a libel case over a review by Graham Greene of a Shirley Temple film put paid to the publication. This article concerns the British newspaper. ... Cover of the Nov 12, 2005 issue of The Spectator magazine. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... For other uses, see New Yorker. ... This article is about the writer. ... Shirley Jane Temple (born April 23, 1928) is an American former child actress. ...


Powell eventually began work on his fifth novel, What's Become of Waring, which he completed in late 1938 or early the following year and offered to Duckworth’s. They refused to pay the advance requested, but Cassell’s were more obliging and brought it out - the only one of his books to be published by them - in March 1939. At this time international tensions were running high, and the book sold fewer than a thousand copies. What’s Become of Waring is the fifth novel by the English writer Anthony Powell. ...


The expectation as war approached was that London would be immediately subjected to heavy bombing. Officers on the Emergency Reserve also assumed that they would be called up at an early date. The day war was declared Lady Violet Powell received confirmation that she was again pregnant, having suffered two earlier miscarriages. She retired to stay with relatives in Carmarthenshire until a safe delivery was achieved. For three months Powell remained alone and uncalled at Chester Gate. He was then instructed to report for regimental duty on December 11, in the rank of Second Lieutenant, to the 1/5th Battalion of the Welch Regiment at Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire. The journey, he later recalled, “led not only into a new life, but entirely out of an old one, to which there was no return. Nothing was ever the same again”. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Carmarthenshire (Welsh: ) is a one of thirteen historic counties and a principal area in Wales. ... The Welch Regiment (or The Welch) was a British army regiment. ... Haverfordwest (Welsh: Hwlffordd) is the county town of Pembrokeshire, in south-west Wales. ... Pembrokeshire (Welsh: ) is a county in the southwest of Wales in the United Kingdom. ...


Early war years

The war years were important to Powell as a writer. During the months leading up to the outbreak of war he had realised that the inner calm necessary for creative writing, unattainable in the existing state of tension, would be even more so once the war started. He had accordingly begun to assemble material for a biography of John Aubrey, the writing of which, he reckoned, would be more feasible in that it would require application rather than invention. John Aubrey. ...


Once war came his determination to get into the army and to work hard in whatever posting he found himself ensured that long hours and physical fatigue put paid to any thought of writing extensively. From time to time he was able to read background material relevant to Aubrey, much of it heavy going but providing distraction from current worries and discomforts. The writing of the biography had to await his return to civilian life. Aubrey is a Teutonic name meaning rules the elves. It can be used as a first name (for either sex) or a surname. ...


Powell himself came to believe that the enforced lay-off from novel writing was not without value to him. War service certainly provided him with a wealth of material for subsequent use. Three volumes of A Dance to the Music of Time are devoted to the war years: The Valley of Bones, The Soldier's Art, and The Military Philosophers. Powell’s military service provided a framework for these three novels. A Dance to the Music of Time is a twelve volume roman à clef by Anthony Powell, published between 1951 and 1975. ... The seventh novel in the sequence of twelve comprising Anthony Powells masterpiece, A Dance to the Music of Time. ... The Soldiers Art is the eighth novel in Anthony Powells twelve-volume masterpiece A Dance to the Music of Time, and the second in the war trilogy. ... The Military Philosophers is the ninth of Anthony Powells twelve-novel sequence A Dance to the Music of Time. ...


Powell joined his regiment as a second-lieutenant at the age of 34, more than ten years older than most of his fellow subalterns and next in age to the Battalion’s Second-in-Command. His previous military experience comprised his days in the Army Cadet Force at Eton and a spell as a Territorial officer in a South London Artillery regiment more than a decade earlier. Quite apart from the inadequacy of this preparation, a great deal had changed in weaponry, drill and procedure. The Army Cadet Force (ACF) is a British youth organisation that offers progressive training in a multitude of the subjects from military training to adventurous training and first aid, at the same time as promoting achievement, discipline, and good citizenship, to boys and girls aged 12 to 18 years and... The Kings College of Our Lady of Eton beside Windsor, commonly known as Eton College or just Eton, is a public school (privately funded and independent) for boys, founded in 1440 by King Henry VI. It is located in Eton, near Windsor in England, north of Windsor Castle, and...


Powell had joined a Territorial battalion of his father’s old Regiment, but without his father’s assistance. It was Powell’s acquaintance with an officer who administered the Army Officers Emergency Reserve List that did the trick. The acquaintance arose because the officer's wife was boarding the Powells’ cats. He somewhat tactlessly expressed surprise at Powell’s asking for a “funny outfit” like the Welch, where there was little competition for commissions.


The 1/5th Battalion of the Welch Regiment, referred to as the First-Fifth, owed its peculiar numbering to an esoteric practice favoured by the Army to preserve the links between regiments and the localities they recruited from. In 1938 the 5th (Glamorgan) Battalion had expanded and split into two battalions, re-labelled the First-Fifth and the Second Fifth. Local connections within the Battalion were reinforced at Company level, each of the four Companies of the 1/5th having been recruited from its own Glamorgan mining valley. Many of the NCO’s and Other Ranks were serving alongside relations, in-laws or fellow-workers from the mine, where the peace-time hierarchy might be quite different from that imposed by military rank. The Welch Regiment (or The Welch) was a British army regiment. ... Glamorgan or Glamorganshire (Welsh: ) is one of thirteen historic counties and former administrative counties of Wales. ...


A number of the second-lieutenants, aged from 19 to 23, had been commissioned from the ranks a few months earlier. The Commanding Officer was a solicitor in civilian life. Many of the other officers worked in Cardiff banks. This close-knit community took pains to welcome Powell, who began a period of intensive learning on the job as he led troops on a church parade, commanded them on field exercises and mastered the techniques of military administration at platoon level. All this was made easier at this early stage of the war, when the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of a peace-time Territorial camp still set the tone, but Powell’s application and success in adapting to his new circumstances should not be underrated. This article is about the capital city of Wales. ...


Just before Christmas, 1939, the 53rd (Welsh) Division, of which Powell’s unit formed part was ordered to Northern Ireland, the 1/5th ending up in Portadown. In February 1940 he was sent on a course to Aldershot intended to bring newly commissioned officers up to scratch. On his return Powell found that his Commanding Officer (who had been in poor health) had been replaced by a Regular officer, who had served as a younger contemporary of Powell’s father. The battalion was moved closer to the Irish border to Newry and the new C.O. began the process of gingering up the Battalion, removing older or less efficient officers (a process that Powell survived), and promoting the young and promising. The British 53rd (Welsh) Division was a Territorial Army division. ... Northern Ireland (Irish: ) is a part of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ... , Portadown (from the Irish: Port an Dúnáin meaning port of the fortress) is a town in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. ... Aldershot is a town in the English county of Hampshire, located on heathland approximately 55 km (35 miles) southwest of London. ... , Newry (from the Irish: Iúr Cinn Trá meaning The Yew Tree at the Head of the Strand, short form An tIúr, The Yew) is the fourth largest city in Northern Ireland and eighth on the island of Ireland. ...


Powell learned in April 1940 of the birth of his first son, Tristram, and was given leave to see his wife and baby. On his return his company was sent on detachment to the Divisional Tactical School to provide security and a demonstration platoon. The School was in Gosford Castle,County Armagh, an abandoned neo-Gothic pile whose appearance was well captured, sight unseen, by Osbert Lancaster in his cover drawing for the Penguin paperback edition of The Valley of Bones. Gosford Castle is situated in Markethill, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. ... Statistics Province: Ulster County Town: Armagh Area: 1,254 km² Population (est. ... Neo-gothic architecture is an American branch of the Gothic revival style that was imported from England in the 1830s. ... Example of a Lancaster Pocket Cartoon Sir Osbert Lancaster (1908 - 1986) was an author, diplomat and art critic. ... Modern genera Aptenodytes Eudyptes Eudyptula Megadyptes Pygoscelis Spheniscus For prehistoric genera, see Systematics Some penguins are curious. ...


Later that summer Powell left the battalion after seven months with them on posting to Headquarters 53rd Division, located in Belfast, as assistant Camp Commandant, “one of the least distinguished jobs in the army” which, because of the incumbent’s proximity to the Divisional Commander, required a man “less than utterly uncouth in habits”. One of the duties of the post was to command the Defence Platoon that protected the Divisional Commander’s HQ in the field. This required its commander to mess with the General and the Division’s senior officers. A military division: British 53rd (Welsh) Division This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... This article is about the city in Northern Ireland. ...


Lady Violet, with the infant Tristram, was by now living in Sussex, a less than ideal location as the Battle of Britain raged in the skies overhead. Powell arranged for them to move to Belfast, which had until then been free of air-raids, though this was to change almost immediately. Sussex is a historic county in South East England corresponding roughly in area to the ancient Kingdom of Sussex. ... Combatants United Kingdom Including combatants from:[1] Poland New Zealand Canada Czechoslovakia Belgium Australia South Africa France Ireland United States Jamaica Palestine Rhodesia Germany Including combatants from Italy Commanders Hugh Dowding Hermann Göring Strength 754 single-seat fighters 149 two-seat fighters 560 bombers 500 coastal 1,963 total...


In January 1941, a War Office telegram arrived ordering Powell to attend a Politico-Military Course at Cambridge. Powell never established how this came about and he himself had made no attempt to escape from the lowly job to which he had been consigned. Twenty officers attended the course, which lasted eight weeks and was designed to produce a nucleus of officers to deal with the problems of military government after the Allies had defeated the Axis powers. This, given the military realities of the time, six months after the withdrawal from Dunkirk, can only be regarded as contingency planning to the nth degree. Old War Office Building, seen from Whitehall, London - the former location of the War Office The War Office was a former department of the British Government, responsible for the administration of the British Army between the 17th century and 1963, when its functions were transferred to the Ministry of Defence. ... This article is about the city in England. ... For other uses of Dunkirk or Dunkerque, see Dunkirk (disambiguation). ...


The report on Powell at the end of the course noted that he was “Able, but with no very obvious qualifications”. Despite the luke-warmth of this recommendation, the course director recommended that he should transfer to the Intelligence Corps. While the transfer wound its way through the administrative machine, Powell returned to 53 Division HQ, by now located at Castlewellan in County Down. The Intelligence Corps (also known as Int Corps) is one of the corps of the British Army. ... Statistics Province: Ulster County: District: Down District UK Parliament: South Down European Parliament: Northern Ireland Dialling Code: 028, +437 Post Town: Castlewellan Postal District(s): BT31 Area:  ? km² Population (2001) 2,392 Castlewellan Village Castlewellan Lake and Forest Park Castlewellan (in Irish: Caisleán Uidhilín, ie Uidhilín’s... Statistics Province: Ulster County Town: Downpatrick Area: 2,448 km² Population (est. ...


Whitehall service

On transfer Powell, who had completed eighteen months commissioned service and been promoted Lieutenant, spent six weeks on a War Intelligence course at Matlock in Derbyshire, followed by several weeks at the Intelligence Corps depot at Oxford. He was then posted on probation to the War Office in Whitehall, where he was attached to the section known as Military Intelligence (Liaison). This section was concerned with routine official contacts with Allied and Neutral Military Attachés in London, not at all with covert or clandestine operations. It comprised nine or ten officers under the command of a Lieutenant Colonel. After some weeks of miscellaneous jobs Powell was taken onto the permanent staff on acting promotion to Captain, as assistant to the officer dealing with the Poles. Matlock is the county town of Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom. ... Derbyshire is a county in the East Midlands of England. ... The Intelligence Corps (also known as Int Corps) is one of the corps of the British Army. ... This article is about the city of Oxford in England. ... Old War Office Building, seen from Whitehall, London - the former location of the War Office The War Office was a former department of the British Government, responsible for the administration of the British Army between the 17th century and 1963, when its functions were transferred to the Ministry of Defence. ... Whitehall, London, looking south towards the Houses of Parliament. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


Lady Violet and Tristram had moved back from Northern Ireland to Shoreham in Sussex, which lay beneath the main flight path for bombing raids on London and, from June 1944, a busy corridor for the V-1 flying bombs. Powell was living in a one-bedroom flat in Chelsea, dining most evenings in a near-by pub then retiring immediately to bed (often to read more Aubrey material). Northern Ireland (Irish: ) is a part of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ... Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, England, is bordered on the north by the South Downs, on the west by the Adur valley and on the south by the River Adur and Shoreham Beach. ... Sussex is a historic county in South East England corresponding roughly in area to the ancient Kingdom of Sussex. ... The Vergeltungswaffe 1 Fi 103 / FZG-76 (V-1), known as the Flying bomb, Buzz bomb or Doodlebug, was the first modern guided missile used in wartime and the first cruise missile. ... Statue of Thomas More on Cheyne Walk. ... Aubrey is a Teutonic name meaning rules the elves. It can be used as a first name (for either sex) or a surname. ...


In March 1943, to Powell’s surprise, he was summoned to cross Whitehall to the Cabinet Office, located in the subterranean levels of Government Offices, Great George Street, to serve on the Secretariat of the Joint Intelligence Committee. The transfer involved acting promotion to Major. The move had been initiated by a man called Denis Capel-Dunn, a barrister in civilian life who had risen rapidly in the hierarchy of wartime military bureaucracy to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and the appointment of Secretary of the JIC. Powell had met him with a mutual friend on two or three occasions and had not greatly taken to him. He would become the principal source for Powell's most celebrated character, Kenneth Widmerpool. Whitehall, London, looking south towards the Houses of Parliament. ... The Cabinet Office is a department of the Government of the United Kingdom responsible for supporting the Prime Minister and Cabinet in progressing matters that require coordination across Government departments. ... Kenneth Widmerpool is a fictional character in Anthony Powells sequence of novels, A Dance to the Music of Time. ...


Powell was thrown into a testing job in a high-powered organisation at the centre of the strategic war effort with no preparation and little support. After nine weeks his appointment was terminated, Powell reverting to his substantive rank of Lieutenant. (Capel-Dunn, whose war service had not taken him within range of the enemy, died when the plane bringing him back from the signing of the UN Charter in June 1945 went down in the Atlantic.) The United Nations Charter is the constitution of the United Nations. ...


Powell’s former section, Military Intelligence (Liaison), in the War Office, welcomed him back, enabling him to reassume his acting captaincy. He was given responsibility for dealings with the Czechs. The Belgians and Luxembourgers were added to his portfolio in due course and, later still, the French. With the growth of responsibilities he again became an acting major.


In November 1944, by which time Allied forces had just crossed the German frontier, Powell acted as assistant escorting officer to a group of fourteen Allied military attachés taken to France and Belgium to see something of the campaign. The tour included a night at Cabourg, which Powell failed at the time to recognise as Proust’s Balbec. (Most of the attachés, though not Powell himself, stayed in The Grand Hotel, whose varied delights had enchanted the young Marcel in the early years of the century.) Later the party visited 21st Army Group Main Headquarters and was received by Field-Marshal Bernard Montgomery. These events are depicted in fictional form in The Military Philosophers. Cabourg is a commune of the Calvados département, in the Basse_Normandie région in France. ... The name Proust can refer to: Antonin Proust (1832-1905), French journalist and politician Joseph Proust (1754-1826), French chemist Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French author This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... (Redirected from 21st Army Group) The British 21st Army Group was an important Allied force in the European Theatre of World War II. Commanded by Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery it initially controlled all ground forces in Operation Overlord. ... Bernard Law Montgomery Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein (November 17, 1887 - March 24, 1976) was a British military officer during World War II often referred to as Monty. ... The Military Philosophers is the ninth of Anthony Powells twelve-novel sequence A Dance to the Music of Time. ...


In the last months of the war Powell and his family moved back into 1 Chester Gate, various friends or colleagues lodging with them from time to time. Powell celebrated VE Night lying in bed and reading the Cambridge History of English Literature. On 19 August 1945, he attended in official capacity the Thanksgiving Service held at St. Paul’s Cathedral. In September 1945 he began the three months' demobilisation leave that brought his military career to an end. St. ...


Post War Years

Powell was 39 when the war ended and was about to begin some remarkably productive years as a creative writer and reviewer, (to say nothing of his pursuit of genealogical interests, which involved much detailed research into original and obscure sources.)


His first task was to resume work on Aubrey. The manuscript of John Aubrey and His Friends was completed in May,1946. Powell offered it to the Oxford University Press but, unimpressed by the advance they proposed, took it to Eyre & Spottiswoode, where Graham Greene was a director. In difficult post-war conditions they took their time about bringing it out and it did not appear until 1948. At one stage they even threatened a further postponement, which led to a row between Greene and Powell and the annulment of Powell’s contract to offer them future books. Aubrey is a Teutonic name meaning rules the elves. It can be used as a first name (for either sex) or a surname. ... Oxford University Press (OUP) is a highly-respected publishing house and a department of the University of Oxford in England. ... Eyre and Spottiswoode was the London based printing firm that became the Queens printers and then also publishers. ... This article is about the writer. ...


In 1949 the Cressett Press commissioned Powell to compile and edit a volume that they brought out under the title Brief Lives and Other Selected Writings by John Aubrey.


In 1950 Powell received a small legacy when a widower uncle, who had retained a life-interest in his late wife's estate, also died, the resources passing to Powell. He was able to purchase a house called The Chantry at Frome, Somerset, about sixteen miles from Bath. It was a Regency structure standing in its own grounds which included a lake and two grottoes. Both house and grounds were in need of considerable attention. , Frome (pronounced ) is a medium-sized town in Somerset, England, near the Mendip Hills. ... Bath is a city in Somerset, England most famous for its baths fed by three hot springs. ... Regency may have several meanings: A regency may be a period of time when a regent holds power in the name of the current monarch, or in the name of the Crown itself, if the throne is vacant. ...


Powell returned to novel writing and began to ponder a long novel-sequence. At an early stage he found himself in the Wallace Collection standing before Poussin’s painting A Dance to the Music of Time, which struck him as conveying graphically the rhythms and complexities of relationships and events as he wished to describe them. The Wallace Collection across Manchester Square gardens The Wallace Collection is a museum in London. ... Et in Arcadia ego by Nicolas Poussin. ...


In parallel with his creative writing he served as the primary fiction reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement, and in 1953 was appointed Literary Editor of Punch magazine, in which capacity he served until 1959. From 1958 to 1990, he was a regular reviewer for the Daily Telegraph, resigning after a vitriolic personal attack on him by Auberon Waugh was published in the newspaper. He also reviewed occasionally for The Spectator. He served as a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, London, from 1962 to 1976. With Lady Violet, he travelled to the United States, India, Guatemala, Italy, and Greece. The Times Literary Supplement (or TLS) is a weekly literary review published in London by News International, a subsidiary of News Corporation. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Punch was a British weekly magazine of humour and satire published from 1841 to 1992 and from 1996 to 2002. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... This article deals with The Daily Telegraph in Britain, see The Daily Telegraph (Australia) for the Australian publication The Daily Telegraph is a British broadsheet newspaper founded in 1855. ... Auberon Alexander Waugh (November 17, 1939 – January 16, 2001) was a British author and journalist. ... Cover of the Nov 12, 2005 issue of The Spectator magazine. ... The National Portrait Gallery is an art gallery in St Martins Place, London, England, which opened to the public in 1856. ...


Later life

Through his writings, Anthony Powell would go on to international fame. He was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1956, and in 1973 he declined the offer of knighthood. He was appointed Companion of Honour (CH) in 1988. He published two more freestanding novels, O, How The Wheel Becomes It! (1983) and The Fisher King (1986). Two volumes of critical essays, Miscellaneous Verdicts (1990) and Under Review (1992) reprint many of his book reviews. Powell's Journals, covering the years 1982 to 1992, were published between 1995 and 1997. His Writer's Notebook was published posthumously in 2001, and a third volume of critical essays, Some Poets, Artists, and a Reference for Mellors, appeared in 2005. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... A statue of an armoured knight of the Middle Ages For the chess piece, see knight (chess). ... The Order of the Companions of Honour is a British and Commonwealth Order (decoration). ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ...


Anthony Powell died peacefully at his home, The Chantry, aged 94 on 28 March 2000. Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ...


A Dance to the Music of Time

Powell's masterpiece is A Dance to the Music of Time. The twelve novels comprising the sequence have been acclaimed by such critics as A. N. Wilson and fellow writers including Evelyn Waugh and Kingsley Amis as among the finest English fiction of the twentieth century and Powell was awarded the 1957 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for At Lady Molly's. The cycle of novels, narrated by a protagonist with experiences and perspectives similar to Powell's own, follows the trajectory of the author's own life, offering a vivid portrayal of the intersection of bohemian life with high society. A Dance to the Music of Time is a twelve volume roman à clef by Anthony Powell, published between 1951 and 1975. ... Andrew Norman Wilson (born 1950) is an English writer, known for his biographies, novels and works of popular and cultural history. ... Evelyn Waugh, as photographed in 1940 by Carl Van Vechten Arthur Evelyn St. ... Sir Kingsley William Amis (April 16, 1922 – October 22, 1995) was an English novelist, poet, critic, and teacher. ... Founded in 1919, the James Tait Black Memorial Prizes are among the oldest and most prestigious book prizes awarded for literature written in the English Language. ...


The characters, many loosely modelled on real people[2], surface, vanish and reappear throughout the sequence: it is not, however, a roman à clef; nor are its characters confined to the upper classes. The most memorable is the monstrous Kenneth Widmerpool, partially based on Denis Capel-Dunn, under whom Powell served in 1944 in the Cabinet Office and also Sir Reginald Manningham-Buller. The three wartime novels are widely considered by scholars to be amongst the best to emerge from the second world war, and are arguably the most powerful in the sequence. Kenneth Widmerpool is a fictional character in Anthony Powells sequence of novels, A Dance to the Music of Time. ... The Cabinet Office is a department of the Government of the United Kingdom responsible for supporting the Prime Minister and Cabinet in progressing matters that require coordination across Government departments. ... Sir Reginald Edward Manningham-Buller, 1st Viscount Dilhorne, Bt, KC, PC (August 1, 1905-September 7, 1980) was, as the 1st Baron Dilhorne, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain from 1962 to 1964. ...


As Robert L. Selig has noted[3], "The twelve-volume sequence of A Dance to the Music of Time traces a colorful group of English acquaintances across a span of many years from 1914 to 1971. The slowly developing narrative centers around life's poignant encounters between friends and lovers who later drift apart and yet keep reencountering each other over numerous unfolding decades as they move through the vicissitudes of marriage, work, aging, and ultimately death. Until the last three volumes, the next standard excitements of old-fashioned plots (What will happen next? Will x marry y? Will y murder z?) seem far less important than time's slow reshuffling of friends, acquaintances, and lovers in intricate human arabesques." A Dance to the Music of Time is a twelve volume roman à clef by Anthony Powell, published between 1951 and 1975. ...


Dance was adapted by Hugh Whitemore for a TV mini-series in the autumn of 1997, and broadcast in the UK on Channel 4. The novel sequence was earlier adapted by Graham Gauld for a BBC Radio 4 26-part series broadcast between 1978 and 1981. In the radio version (at 26 hours, a longer and fuller adaption than the TV series) the part of Jenkins as narrator was played by Noel Jenkins, well known previously in the role of Dick Barton, in the eponymous radio adventure series. Hugh Whitemore Hugh Whitemore is an English playwright and screenwriter. ... This article is about the British television station. ... old Radio 4 logo BBC Radio 4 is a UK domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Dick Barton - Special Agent was a popular radio program on the BBC Light Programme from 1946 to 1951. ...


A synopsis of the plot of each volume and commentary is linked below.


Exhibitions

A centenary exhibition in commemoration of Powell's life and work was held at the Wallace Collection, London, from November 2005 to February 2006. Smaller exhibitions were held during 2005 and 2006 at Eton College; Cambridge University; the Grolier Club in New York City, and Georgetown University in Washington, DC. The Wallace Collection across Manchester Square gardens The Wallace Collection is a museum in London. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Kings College of Our Lady of Eton beside Windsor, commonly known as Eton College or just Eton, is a public school (privately funded and independent) for boys, founded in 1440 by King Henry VI. It is located in Eton, near Windsor in England, north of Windsor Castle, and... The University of Cambridge (often Cambridge University), located in Cambridge, England, is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and has a reputation as one of the worlds most prestigious universities. ... The Grolier Club is a society of bibliophiles, founded in New York City in January, 1884, the oldest such club in North America. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Georgetown University is an elite private research university located in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., United States. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United...


Bibliography

A Dance to the Music of Time, the twelve-volume series of novels published between 1951 and 1975 consists of:

Partial bibliography of other novels, plays, and works: A Question of Upbringing is the opening novel in Anthony Powells famous 12-novel series A Dance to the Music of Time. ... See also: 1950 in literature, other events of 1951, 1952 in literature, list of years in literature. ... A Buyers Market is the second novel in Anthony Powells twelve novel masterpiece, A Dance to the Music of Time. ... See also: 1951 in literature, other events of 1952, 1953 in literature, list of years in literature. ... The Acceptance World is the third installment in Anthony Powells twelve novel sequence, A Dance to the Music of Time. ... See also: 1954 in literature, other events of 1955, 1956 in literature, list of years in literature. ... At Lady Mollys is the fourth volume in Anthony Powells twelve novel sequence, A Dance to the Music of Time. ... See also: 1956 in literature, other events of 1957, 1958 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Casanovas Chinese Restaurant is a book by Anthony Powell (ISBN 0099472449). ... See also: 1959 in literature, other events of 1960, 1961 in literature, list of years in literature. ... The Kindly Ones is a novel by Anthony Powell that forms the sixth in his twelve-volume sequence, A Dance to the Music of Time. ... See also: 1961 in literature, other events of 1962, 1963 in literature, list of years in literature. ... The seventh novel in the sequence of twelve comprising Anthony Powells masterpiece, A Dance to the Music of Time. ... See also: 1963 in literature, other events of 1964, 1965 in literature, list of years in literature. ... The Soldiers Art is the eighth novel in Anthony Powells twelve-volume masterpiece A Dance to the Music of Time, and the second in the war trilogy. ... See also: 1965 in literature, other events of 1966, 1967 in literature, list of years in literature. ... The Military Philosophers is the ninth of Anthony Powells twelve-novel sequence A Dance to the Music of Time. ... See also: 1967 in literature, other events of 1968, 1969 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Books Do Furnish a Room is a novel by Anthony Powell, the tenth in the sequence of twelve comprising his masterpiece, A Dance to the Music of Time. ... See also: 1970 in literature, other events of 1971, 1972 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Temporary Kings is a novel by Anthony Powell, the penultimate in his twelve-volume masterpiece, A Dance to the Music of Time. ... See also: 1972 in literature, other events of 1973, 1974 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Hearing Secret Harmonies is the final novel in Anthony Powells twelve-volume masterpiece, A Dance to the Music of Time. ... See also: 1974 in literature, other events of 1975, 1976 in literature, list of years in literature. ...

  • The Barnard Letters (1928)
  • Afternoon Men (1931)
  • Venusberg (1932)
  • From a View to a Death (1933)
  • "The Watr'y Glade", in The Old School: Essays by Divers Hands, ed. Graham Greene (1934)
  • Agents and Patients (1936)
  • What's Become of Waring (1939)
  • John Aubrey and His Friends (1948)
  • Two Plays: The Garden God, The Rest I'll Whistle (1971)
  • O, How the Wheel Becomes It! (1983)
  • The Fisher King (1986). (The movie of the same name has nothing to do with Powell's last novel).

To Keep the Ball Rolling: Memoirs of Anthony Powell See also: 1927 in literature, other events of 1928, 1929 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1930 in literature, other events of 1931, 1932 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1931 in literature, other events of 1932, 1933 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1932 in literature, other events of 1933, 1934 in literature, list of years in literature. ... This article is about the writer. ... See also: 1933 in literature, other events of 1934, 1935 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1935 in literature, other events of 1936, 1937 in literature, list of years in literature. ... What’s Become of Waring is the fifth novel by the English writer Anthony Powell. ... See also: 1938 in literature, other events of 1939, 1940 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1947 in literature, other events of 1948, 1949 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1970 in literature, other events of 1971, 1972 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1982 in literature, other events of 1983, 1984 in literature, list of years in literature. ... The year 1986 in literature involved some significant events and new books. ...

  • vol. 1, Infants of the Spring (1976)
  • vol. 2, Messengers of Day (1978)
  • vol. 3, Faces in My Time (1980)
  • vol. 4, The Strangers All are Gone (1982)

A one-volume abridgment, called simply To Keep the Ball Rolling, was published in 1983. See also: 1975 in literature, other events of 1976, 1977 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1977 in literature, other events of 1978, 1979 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1979 in literature, other events of 1980, 1981 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1981 in literature, other events of 1982, 1983 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1982 in literature, other events of 1983, 1984 in literature, list of years in literature. ...


Diaries

  • Journals 1982-1986 (1995)
  • Journals 1987-1989 (1996)
  • Journals 1990-1992 (1997)

The year 1995 in literature involved some significant events and new books. ... The year 1996 in literature involved some significant events and new books. ... See also: 1996 in literature, other events of 1997, 1998 in literature, list of years in literature. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Roger K. Miller, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 5 September 2004
    Norman Shrapnel, The Guardian, 30 March 2000
  2. ^ The Anthony Powell Society
  3. ^ Robert L. Selig; Time and Anthony Powell, A Critical Study

References

  • Barber, Michael. Anthony Powell: A Life, Duckworth Overlook, 2004. ISBN 0-7156-3049-0
  • Nicholas Birns. Understanding Anthony Powell, University of South Carolina Press, 2004. ISBN 1-57003-549-0
  • Powell, Anthony. To Keep the Ball Rolling: Memoirs of Anthony Powell (1976-1982)
  • Tucker, James. The Novels of Anthony Powell, Columbia University Press, 1976. ISBN 0-231-04150-0

External links

  • The Paris Review Interview with Anthony Powell

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