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Descents of Memory

Descents of Memory

Morine Krissdottir

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ISBN 13: 978-1-58567-917-1
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Cloth
Overlook
8/7/2007

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John Cowper Powys s works have been described as the only novels produced by an English writer than can fairly be compared to the fictions of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky with an immensity to which only Blake could provide a parallel in English literature (George Steiner, The New Yorker). His talents, as manifested by such books as his Autobiography, Wolf Solent, Weymouth Sands, and A Glastonbury Romance, have been compared to Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, D.H. Lawrence, Jane Austen, Proust, and Poe.

In Descents of Memory, Powys s first comprehensive biography, eminent scholar Morine Krisd ttir delves into the life of the writer, from his childhood in Derbyshire through his education and his celebrated lecture tours through England and the United States; from his life s loves to his relationship with his own writing. Krisd ttir demonstrates that Powys known as much for his essays, letters, poetry, and philosophy as he was his fiction was a man whose writing had a scope matched only by the breadth of his life.
br> Using primary sources, never-before-seen archival materials (including photos), and Powys s own writings, Krisd ttir pieces together this life in such a way that this writer this astonishing talent will be impossible to forget.

Praise for Descents of Memory
"Morine Krissdottir's biography of Powys offers invaluable keys to understanding the man and his work." - The Wall Street Journal

"Powys created vast, multilayered works whose heady mixture of Celtic mysticism and sexual psychology has won them a coterie readership. Those who have wondered what sort of personality lay behind such peculiar epics can now find out from Morine Krissdottir's densely detailed biography." -New York Sun

About the author
Morine Krissd ttir is the author of John Cowper Powys and the Magical Quest and editor of Petrushka and the Dancer: The Diaries of John Cowper Powys, 1929-1939 and The Dorset Year: The Diary of John Cowper Powys, June 1934-July 1935. She edited the first complete edition of Powys s masterpiece, Porius, available now.

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