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John Cowper Powys (October 8, 1872 - June 17, 1963) was a British (English-Welsh) writer, lecturer, and philosopher. October 8 is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years). ... 1872 was a leap year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... June 17 is the 168th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (169th in leap years), with 197 days remaining. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location within the British Isles Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid-2004) – Total (2001 Census) – Density Ranked 1st UK... For an explanation of often confusing terms such as Great Britain, Britain, United Kingdom and England, see British Isles (terminology). ...


He was born in Shirley, Derbyshire, where his father was vicar. His mother was descended from the poet William Cowper, hence his middle name. His two younger brothers, Llewelyn Powys and Theodore Francis Powys, also became well-known writers. Other brothers and sisters also became prominent in the arts. John studied at Sherborne School and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and became a teacher and lecturer; as lecturer, he worked first in England, then in continental Europe and finally in the USA, where he lived in the years 1904-1934. While in the United States, his work was championed by author Theodore Dreiser. He also debated with the philosopher and historian Will Durant. He made his name as a poet and essayist, moving on to produce a series of acclaimed novels, mostly historical romances, distinguished by their uniquely detailed and intensely sensual recreation of time, place and character. The best known of these are "A Glastonbury Romance" and "Wolf Solent." He also wrote some works of philosophy. Having returned to the UK, he lived first in England and then in Wales, where he stayed until his death. His works retain a loyal following and have been praised by talents as diverse as novelists Henry Miller, Robertson Davies, and Margaret Drabble, as well as classical pianist Glenn Gould. Film director John Boorman wrote in his autobiography that he toyed early in his career with the idea of making a movie version of "A Glastonbury Romance." Shirley is a small village in Derbyshire, close to the town of Ashbourne. ... Portrait of William Cowper attributed to Romney. ... Llewelyn Powys (1884-1939) was a British writer, a younger brother of John Cowper Powys and T F Powys. ... Theodore Francis Powys (1875-1953) was a British writer, a younger brother of John Cowper Powys. ... The school buildings Sherborne School is a public school for boys in the affluent town of Sherborne in north-west Dorset. ... Full name The College of Corpus Christi and the Blessed Virgin Mary in Cambridge Motto There is a toast, Floreat antiqua domus (May the old house flourish), from which the colleges nickname, Old House, is derived Named after The citys Guilds of Corpus Christi and the Blessed Virgin... 1904 (MCMIV) is a leap year starting on a Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Theodore Dreiser, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1933 Theodore Herman Albert Dreiser (August 27, 1871 – December 28, 1945) was an American naturalist author known for dealing with the gritty reality of life. ... William Durant William James Durant (November 5, 1885—November 7, 1981) was an American philosopher and writer. ... Poet is a term applied to a person who composes poetry, including extended forms such as dramatic verse. ... An essayist is an author who writes compositions which can be about any particular subject. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location within the British Isles Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid-2004) – Total (2001 Census) – Density Ranked 1st UK... For an explanation of often confusing terms such as Great Britain, Britain, United Kingdom and England, see British Isles (terminology). ... Henry Miller photo taken by Carl Van Vechten, 1940 Henry Valentine Miller (December 26, 1891 – June 7, 1980) was an American writer and, to a lesser extent, painter of German Catholic heritage. ... Robertson Davies in 1984 Robertson Davies, CC, FRSC (born August 28, 1913 at Thamesville, Ontario, and died December 2, 1995 at Orangeville, Ontario) was a Canadian novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor. ... Glenn Gould in rehearsal, Toronto, 1974 Glenn Herbert Gould (September 25, 1932 – October 4, 1982) was a celebrated Canadian pianist, noted especially for his recordings of Johann Sebastian Bachs keyboard music. ... John Boorman (born January 18, 1933 in Shepperton, Surrey, United Kingdom), is a British filmmaker, currently based in Ireland, best known for his feature films such as Point Blank, Deliverance, Excalibur, and The General. ...


Novels

  • Wood and Stone (1915)
  • Rodmoor (1916)
  • Wolf's Bane (1916)
  • After My Fashion (written 1919, published 1980)
  • Ducdame (1925)
  • Wolf Solent (1929)
  • A Glastonbury Romance (1933)
  • Weymouth Sands (1934)
  • Jobber Skald (1935)
  • Maiden Castle (1936)
  • Morwyn: or The Vengeance of God (1937)
  • Owen Glendower (1940)
  • Porius (1951)
  • The Inmates (1952)
  • Atlantis (1954)
  • The Brazen Head (1956)
  • Up and Out (1957)
  • Homer and the Aether (1959)
  • All or Nothing (1960)

Philosophy 1915 (MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ...

  • The Meaning of Culture (1929)
  • In Defense of Sensuality (1930)
  • A Philosophy of Solitude (1933)
  • The Art of Happiness (1935)
  • The Pleasures of Literature (1938)
  • The Art of Growing Old (1944)
  • In Spite of: A Philosophy for Everyone (1953)

Short stories

  • Three Fantasies (collection published 1985)
    • Abertackle
    • Cataclysm
    • Topsy-Turvy

Other This article is about the year. ...

  • Odes and Other Poems (1896)
  • Suspended Judgements (1916)
  • Autobiography (1934)
  • Rabelais (1948)
  • Visions and Revisions (1955)

1896 (MDCCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1916 (MCMXVI) is a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January-February January 1 - The Royal Army Medical Corps first successful blood transfusion using blood that had been stored and cooled. ...

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John Cowper Powys - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (319 words)
John Cowper Powys (October 8, 1872 - June 17, 1963) was a British (English-Welsh) writer, lecturer, and philosopher.
His mother was descended from the poet William Cowper, hence his middle name.
John studied at Sherborne School and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and became a teacher and lecturer; as lecturer, he worked first in England, then in continental Europe and finally in the USA, where he lived in the years 1904-1934.
Powys (1534 words)
John Cowper Powys was born on October 8th 1872 in Shirley, Derbyshire, England, the eldest of two other famous brothers, Theodore Francis Powys (1875-1953) and Llewelyn Powys (1884-1939).
Anyway, it is generally believed that John Cowper Powys had the opportunity to meet the Great Beast and we know this did occur in 1939 as he mentions it in a letter to his friend, Nicholas Ross.
John Cowper Powys died on June 17th 1963 in Wales at the age of 91.
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