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Our Aim
To increase widespread interest in the works of Anthony Powell in a way which balances the needs of all enthusiasts, including academics and professional literarists.

The Anthony Powell Society is a charitable literary society devoted to the author Anthony Powell, 1905-2000. It was founded in June 2000 and awarded charitable status in April 2003. The Society is governed by its Constitution which states the formal charitable aim as: To advance for the public benefit, education and interest in the life and works of the English author Anthony Dymoke Powell.

The Quotable Powell
So about noon we came to Dogdene, and I was fain to see the house, and that part newly builded whereof Dr Wren did formerly hold converse with me, telling me here was one of the first mansion houses of England contrived as a nobleman's seat rather than a keep moated for warfare. My Lord Sleaford is yet in town, where 'tis said he doth pay court to my Lady Castlemaine, at which the King is not a little displeased, 'tho 'twas thought she had long since lost her place. The Housekeeper was mighty civil, and showed us the Great Hall and stately Galleries, and the picture by P Veronese that my Lord's grandfather did bring with him out of Italy, a most rare and noble thing. Then to the Gardens and Green Houses, where I did marvel to see the quickening of the Sensitive Plant. And so to the Still Room, where a great black maid offered a brave glass of metheglin, and I did have some merry talk with her begging her to show me a painted closet whereof the Housekeeper had spoken, yet had we not seen. Thither the bold wench took me readily enough, where I did kiss her twice or thrice and toyed wantonly with her. I perceive that she would not have denied me que je voudray, yet was I afeared and time was lacking. At which afterwards I was troubled, lest she should speak of what I had done, and her fellows make game of me when we were gone on our road.
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Anthony Powell; At Lady Molly's
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Contributed by, inter alia, Keith Marshall

Anthony Powell, Author

AP Photo The English author Anthony Dymoke Powell was born in London on 21 December 1905. He was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford where he met several other young writers and artists including Evelyn Waugh, Henry Green, John Betjeman, Graham Greene and Osbert Lancaster. Prior to World War II he worked in publishing and as a film-script writer, before becoming a full-time novelist and literary critic.

Powell is probably best known for his twelve-volume novel sequence A Dance to the Music of Time (usually just referred to as Dance). He wrote a further seven other novels, a biography of the seventeenth-century diarist John Aubrey and two plays.

Powell (pronounced Po-ell, by the way) was also a prolific literary critic and book reviewer for a number of periodicals including the Daily Telegraph, the Times Literary Supplement, Punch and the Spectator. He published four volumes of memoirs, three volumes of diaries and three volumes (one posthumously) of his selected literary criticism.

On top of all his writing, Powell was an accomplished genealogist, publishing almost 40 papers on Welsh genealogy, and was in later years a Vice-President of the Society of Genealogists.

He was made a CBE in 1956 and a Companion of Honour in 1988. Powell was married (in 1934) to the author Lady Violet Pakenham; they had two sons. He died peacefully on 28 March 2000 at his Somerset home.

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