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A Glastonbury Romance (Paperback)

John Cowper Powys

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ISBN 13: 978-0-87951-681-9
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A Glastonbury Romance, first published in 1932, is Powys masterwork, an epic novel of terrific cumulative force and lyrical intensity. In it he probes the mystical and spiritual ethos of the small English village of Glastonbury, and the effect upon its inhabitants of a mythical tradition from the remotest past of human history - the legend of the Grail. Powys's rich iconography interweaves the ancient with the modern, the historical with the legendary, and the imaginative within man with the natural world outside him to create a book of astonishing scope and beauty.

About the Author

John Cowper Powys is the author of ten novels, including Weymouth Sands and Wolf Solent, as well as many works of criticism and philosophy. Born in Derbyshire, England, he was the son of a vicar, and the descendant of the poets Donne and Cowper.

Praise for A Gastonbury Romance

The first modern paperback edition of "the only novel produced by an English writer that can fairly be compared with the fictions of Tolstoy and Dostoyevski." -George Steiner, The New Yorker

"To encounter [Powys] ... is to arrive at the very fount of creation. He makes us witness the consuming fire which rages throughout the universe entire and which gives not warmth nor enlightenment, but enduring vision, enduring strength, and enduring courage." --Henry Miller

"This is a ... great novel. It stands as a gigantic rebuke to a time of minimum-risk writers and readers, and I hope that many among them will be encouraged to attempt it." --The Chicago Tribune

“I am working my way slowly through [Powy’s] works of which A Glastonbury Romance is the mightiest. Epic in length, this has an important contemporary resonance as all the makings of the modern Glastonbury legends, mirrored and enacted anew at the 1971 Glastonbury Fayre, are prefigured in this remarkable epic tale… Weymouth Sands is a book you can live with for a month or more and immerse yourself. Haunting and powerful, strange, absurd and mysterious.” --The Generalist Blog

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