Anthony Powell: A Centennial Exhibition
The year 2005 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of English
author Anthony Powell, who is most remembered for his 12-volume work A
Dance to the Music of Time. Born on December 21, 1905, in London,
England, Powell studied at Eton College (1919-1923) and Oxford (1923-
1926). Early in his career, he worked for London publisher Duckworth, and,
in 1931, published his first novel, Afternoon Men, with Duckworth. Powell
wrote several novels on prewar society, including Venusberg (1932).
Powell embarked on a career in journalism in 1936, and in total he
wrote for The Daily Telegraph for almost 50 years. Following service in
World War II, Powell wrote the biography John Aubrey and His Friends
(1948). Then, in 1951, Powell published A Question of Upbringing, the first
volume in his masterpiece series of 12 novels known as A Dance to the
Music of Time. When Hearing Secret Harmonies was published 24
years later in 1975, the series ended.
Powell wrote additional novels after his famous series was complete.
He also published his memoirs To Keep the Ball Rolling in 1983.
Anthony Powell died on March 28, 2000 near Frome, Somerset, England.
London: Heinemann, 1976.
New York: Holt, 1977
Boston: Little, Brown & Co., no year.
Originally published in 1931, this book was Powell's first novel.
Boston: Little Brown & Co., no year.
First published in 1932, Venusberg was a study of society before World War II, one of
several books Powell published on that theme.
London: Heinemann, 1952.
Powell published this book in 1951; it was the first novel in his 12-part cycle of novels, A Dance to the Music of Time.
Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1955
New York: Popular Library,
1975. This novel, published in 1975, was the last in the series A Dance to the Music of Time.
Typed Letter, signed, dated 5/17/1966 from Anthony Powell to bookseller Handasyde Buchanan.
Typed Letter, signed, dated 3/14/1969 from Anthony Powell to friend and U.S. Congressman John Monagan.